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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
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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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The Archdeacon will begin the role following his installation and licensing service at Lichfield Cathedral on November 8.
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In his declaration, Archdeacon Leteemane vowed to agree to the declaration of fundamental principles of the province of Central Africa, and further declared that he consented to be bound by all the canons of the Province of Central Africa, and by the laws, which had been made, or which may from time to time be made, by the Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Botswana and by the Provincial synod of the province of Central Africa.
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The Venerable John Green will take on the role of Archdeacon Pastor of the Diocese of Coventry.
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