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the district under the jurisdiction of a bishop



in ancient Rome, originally (beginning in the first century B.C.) a municipal district; during the principate, part of a province. From the period of Diocletian, at the end of the third century A.D., the diocese was a large administrative unit including several (up to 16) provinces. A total of 12 dioceses (later 15) were formed. The vicarius, who was subordinate to the praefectus praetorio, headed the diocese.

In the Catholic, and in some Protestant, churches the diocese is a territorial-administrative unit (an eparchy) headed by a bishop.

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A Diocesan spokesman said the Chancellor's formal decision was imminent.
He stresses the inclusivity of diocesan revival, legitimated by Orthodox church history and ecclesiology, above the newer church parties of the nineteenth century.
Over the last eight (8) years, Tremont & Sheldon learned of the sexual abuses of the six priests involved in these claims and also obtained information regarding sexual abuse complaints made against at least seven other Bridgeport Diocesan priests, some of whom are still serving as active priests.
A newly transferred parish priest cannot implement any project regarding construction or major renovation for the first year of his term, but he can start the planning during the first year of his term if he has the intention for any major renovation or new construction,' reads a portion of its guidelines which form part of the diocesan circular released on Jan.
Mothers' Union works in three yearly cycles but this one was more special for Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield Dioceses as from January 2016 there will be one Diocesan Mothers' Union for the whole of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
However, officials said the priests' retirement care account continues to pose "challenges" for diocesan financial planners.
There, he presented his idea for mailing diocesan newspapers together with the national newspaper, then called Canadian Churchman.
One morning in late December, many college-age men received phone calls or voice mail messages from Barres or two other diocesan priests asking them to consider a vocation to the priesthood.
Here the Diocesan Office, the Anglican National Education Office, Bishop's House and staff housing are sited around a central green space, with the offices for Anglicare - the diocese's initiative for social action which focuses particularly on HIV/AIDS education and care, literacy, youth and women's issues - situated opposite.
The nephews were up front and the monk was at the rear with the diocesan communications director, also a slight man.
But the Church should start seriously considering changes in the diocesan priesthood.
Women and the Church (Watch) said 28 out of 30 of the Church of England's diocesan synods have now voted to endorse legislation introducing women bishops.