• Latin: praepositus, placed before


The dean or first dignitary of a cathedral or collegiate chapter, appointed by the Holy See, whose principal office is to preside at capitular functions, assist the bishop when pontificating, administer to him the last sacraments, and conduct his obsequies.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “provost”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 October 2008. Web. 21 June 2021. <>