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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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Mr Hewitt, who is highly regarded for his work with deprived communities, sent a one-sentence letter of resignation to the diocese last week but parishioners only became aware of the news during a Remembrance Sunday service led by arch-deacon Alun Hawkins.
One scene in Henry IV is set in the arch-deacon's house in Bangor."
Mr Vincent then rang the bell as a sign of his induction before being led to his seat in the church by the arch-deacon.