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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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Caption: Bishop David Edwards plans to complete seven pilgrimages through each of the diocese's archdeaconries.
Humphrey Olumakaiye has described the recent gathering of the church's 14 Archdeaconries for the Centenary celebration as a fantastic opportunity to come together to share in the fellowship of Christ 'as we get stronger, deeper and higher as a Diocese.'
They reorganised Wales into dioceses and archdeaconries on the European model.
Lawrence, combining what had been two archdeaconries. He also chaired the bishop's commission on ministry in the diocese.
Burns conducts a prosopographical study of appointments to archdeaconries, which reveals a "combination of care and boldness" that "paid dividends, for archdeacons were the dogsbodies of the Diocesan Revival, transforming the schemes of bishops and Ecclesiastical Commission into concrete achievement" (74).
Lagos mainland has eleven archdeaconries with fifty-three churches.