When a bishop is lawfully absent from his diocese for a prolonged period, the Pope sometimes grants him an “apostolic administrator” to take charge of the see. So, too, when a prince was appointed to a bishopric before he was capable of governing it. The name is commonly applied to a priest in charge of a parish, but who is not himself the rector of the parish. Thus, a bishop‘s parish is under the care of an administrator.
- Father James J McGovern. “administrator”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 12 January 2016. Web. 10 December 2016. <>