• 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.

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MLA Citation

  • “archdeacon”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 January 2009. Web. 24 January 2022. <>