noun (plural archdeaconries)
1The district for which an archdeacon is responsible.
- Dioceses were divided into archdeaconries, and archdeaconries into rural deaneries.
- The northern part of the diocese, the old archdeaconry of Brecon, is almost entirely rural, sparsely populated, and overwhelmingly dependent upon agriculture.
- Having exercised his ministry in two of our three archdeaconries, he probably knows the diocese as well as anyone.
1.1The residence of an archdeacon.
- In the 12th century Szentendre was an archdeaconry residence, the Church centre of Pilis County.
- The not having it in his power to keep residency upon his archdeaconry, where there was no house, can't excuse him for not residing upon his parsonage where there was a house.
- And I think that this case ought to be considered in the same manner as if the archdeaconry and the parsonage had been a hundred miles distant from each other.
1.2The office of an archdeacon.
- In May 1551 the king conferred on him the archdeaconry of Exeter, and appointed him one of the six preachers of Canterbury cathedral.
- The Queen has approved that the Reverend Philip Hugh Jones, Vicar of Southwater, in the Diocese of Chichester, be appointed to the Archdeaconry of Lewes and Hastings.
- Some Archdeaconries drafted and submitted Social Development Plans.
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