Vicar General

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Vicar General

Vicar General

Vicar General


To R. Cussen, Vicar General of Limerick

CRONIN, Michael (1871 - 1943), Vicar General Archdiocese of Dublin since 1930

FAHEY, Jerome (1843 - 1920), Vicar General of Galway and Kilmacduagh

MORAN, John (born 1929), Principal RC Chaplain and Vicar General (Army), 1981–85

MORROGH BERNARD, Eustace Anthony (1893 - 1972), Vicar-General, 1939–63, of Archdiocese of Westminster

PORTELLI, Angelo (1852 - 1927), Titular Bishop of Selinonte; Vicar-General of the Archbishop of Malta

BRIDEN, Timothy John (born 1951), Vicar-General, Province of Canterbury, since 2005

BYRNE, Frederick (1834 - 1915), Vicar-General of Adelaide, South Australia, since 1874

ROACH, Frederick (1856 - 1922), Assistant Bishop of Natal since 1913; Vicar General of Natal, 1916

BROWN, Ralph (1931 - 2014), Vicar General, Archdiocese of Westminster, 1977–99

BULLOCK, William (1885 - 1944), Vicar of St Peter’s, Wellington; Archdeacon of Wellington since 1940; Vicar General of Wellington Diocese, 1937; Commissary to Bishop of Melanesia

NORRIS, David Joseph (1922 - 2010), Protonotary Apostolic to the Pope; Vicar General of Westminster Diocese, 1972–99; General Secretary to RC Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, 1967–83

CHRISTIANSON, Rodney John (born 1947), Vicar, St Michael Paternoster Royal, 2000–09; Secretary General, The Mission to Seafarers, 2001–09

VASEY, Kevin (1949 - 2002), Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain and Vicar General (Army), Ministry of Defence, since 1997

LAVENDER, Gerard (born 1943), Vicar General, Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, 2009–13; Parish Priest, Cullercoats and Tynemouth, 2009–13


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An official whom a bishop deputes to represent him in the exercise of his jurisdiction. In early times his functions were mostly performed by the archdeacons, but by the late 13th cent. the office was established and its duties defined.

In the C of E the office is ordinarily committed to the Chancellor of the diocese. Each archbishop also has a Vicar General who holds a court for the confirmation of bishops, where the validity of the election and the qualifications of the candidate may be challenged.

Subjects: Christianity.

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