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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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The 79-year-old former Archdeacon of Auckland wore a charcoal suit with a blue shirt and pink tie and spoke to confirm his name, and enter not guilty pleas to all charges.
The Venerable Bob Metcalf, Archdeacon Emeritus of Liverpool, died on Boxing Day.
Rector of Tenby, Canon Andrew Davies, with his curate, the Rev Alex Grace, during their wedding by Archdeacon <Bof St Davids the Venerable Dennis Wight at St Mary's Church in Tenby, Pembrokeshire Gareth Davies/Athena Pictures
The first female Archdeacon in the Diocese of St Asaph, Shirley has served in the Diocese as a Reader (lay leader), a Deacon and a Priest before becoming Archdeacon in 2010.
Archdeacon Philip said: "Ewenny Priory is one of the hidden treasures of Wales.
Archdeacon Noah Njegovan, 30, was accused of embezzling during his time as executive archdeacon of the diocese and assistant to his father, Bishop James Njegovan, from 2010 to 2012.
The Venerable John Green will take on the role of Archdeacon Pastor of the Diocese of Coventry.
HELLO: Huddersfield Parish Church hosted the welcome of the new Archdeacon of Halifax , the Venerable Anne Dawtry
In a meeting with the Archdeacon of Dudley, Fred Trethewey, in January 2005, shortly after he took up his post, the hearing was told that Rev Sharpe said: "Thanks very much, you have given me a poisoned chalice.
As Archdeacon, Chris will have responsibility for around a third of the Churches in the Diocese of St Asaph, taking in Parishes from Colwyn Bay, Denbigh, Holywell to Ruthin.
The Bully Wee bagged a shock win against highly-fancied City thanks to a stunning display in extra-time with Archdeacon hitting the crucial third goal.
Mr Jackson said: "Over the past five years I've combined the roles of archdeacon and leading a growth strategy.