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Offline Basil 320

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What is a Parochial Vicar?
« on: October 05, 2013, 04:10:40 AM »
I read a Death Notice today for a Roman Catholic priest I knew.  The Death Notice listed 4 or 5 parishes to which he had been assigned.  Each of the assignments reported that he was the "Parochial Vicar" at the particular parish.  None of these parishes was a cathedral.  I didn't know him well, but I never thought he'd had a particularly special assignment other than serving as an "assistant" or "associate pastor."
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Re: What is a Parochial Vicar?
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2013, 07:42:26 AM »
I read a Death Notice today for a Roman Catholic priest I knew.  The Death Notice listed 4 or 5 parishes to which he had been assigned.  Each of the assignments reported that he was the "Parochial Vicar" at the particular parish.  None of these parishes was a cathedral.  I didn't know him well, but I never thought he'd had a particularly special assignment other than serving as an "assistant" or "associate pastor."
That is what a parochial Vicar is, an Associate pastors. Vicar of the parish.

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Re: What is a Parochial Vicar?
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2013, 08:14:11 AM »
Are you guessing, or do you know?  Why use this obscure terminology, why not call him an Associate Pastor, or is this not obscure terminology in the Roman Catholic Church.
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Re: What is a Parochial Vicar?
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2013, 08:22:37 AM »
Are you guessing, or do you know?  Why use this obscure terminology, why not call him an Associate Pastor, or is this not obscure terminology in the Roman Catholic Church.
I know, because I converted from catholicism. And, good question, haha

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Re: What is a Parochial Vicar?
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2013, 09:47:41 AM »
Are you guessing, or do you know?  Why use this obscure terminology, why not call him an Associate Pastor, or is this not obscure terminology in the Roman Catholic Church.
I know, because I converted from catholicism. And, good question, haha

The term "Vicar" is quite common in Anglican circles.

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Re: What is a Parochial Vicar?
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2013, 10:23:51 AM »
He is correct and this is common usage although associate/assistant pastor is sometimes used.  And as for obscure terminology the Byzantine tradition has protosynkellos, archimandrite, economos, exarch, etc.
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Re: What is a Parochial Vicar?
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2013, 05:24:15 PM »
Why use this obscure terminology, why not call him an Associate Pastor, or is this not obscure terminology in the Roman Catholic Church.

This is not obscure terminology.
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