• Latin: rego, rule


1) A priest placed in charge of a church which is neither a parochial nor a capitular church nor annexed to the house of a religious community for its religious functions; loosely used also to designate a pastor, and hence the term rectory.

2) The head of an educational institution, of certain religious communities, etc.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “rector”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 3 December 2021. <>