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1. an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
2. a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches



in the hierarchy of the Orthodox Church, a senior deacon, usually the chief deacon of the central cathedral of an eparchy. The archdeacon is a member of the “white,” or non-monastic clergy.

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Caption: Bishop David Edwards plans to complete seven pilgrimages through each of the diocese's archdeaconries.
Even when one creates more and more dioceses and archdeaconries, the hierarchy of the clergy dictates centralization, unless the divergent voices of influential laypeople have a rightful place.
98) On archdeaconries in East Anglia, see Hamilton Thompson, `Diocesan Organization', 165-6.