The right of a member of a chapter of canons to his share in the revenues accruing to the church. In order to assure the decent maintenance of the canons, the Code decrees that in closed chapters there should be as many canons or prebendaries as there are prebends; in chapters which have no fixed number of members, there may be as many as in the bishop’s judgment, after consulting the chapter, can be properly supported from the revenues. Should these revenues prove insufficient, the bishop may use certain means of supplying what is wanted. In a wider acceptation of the term, prebend is any part of the revenues set aside for the clergy attached to the church, even though not members of a chapter.

MLA Citation

  • “prebend”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2012. Web. 3 August 2020. <>