- Greek: archos, chief; diakonos, servant
Formerly an important official who, in virtue of jurisdiction delegated by his bishop, administered part of a diocese. Today his duties are performed by the vicar-general and vicars-forane (rural deans). In the Anglican Church the assistants of the bishops are still called archdeacons.
- “archdeacon”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 18 January 2009. Web. 4 May 2016. <>