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[Lat. ordo,=rank], in Christianity, the traditional degrees of the clergy, conferred by the Sacrament of Holy Order. The episcopacy, priesthood or presbyterate, and diaconate were in general use in Christian churches in the 2d cent.
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RC Church an ecclesiastical title attached to certain offices or distinctions usually bestowed by the Pope
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Despite the friendly reminder, the monsignor insists there are many members of his congregation who dress up for Sunday Mass, but added, they tend to be a little bit "old-fashioned'' or "a little bit older.
Monsignor and Frankie Dettori with the Olympic torch at Ascot
SUPPORT Monsignor Smith, left, is heading to UN, above far left, and leaving St Mary's in Calton, above.
I sent copies of my letters to the appropriate functionaries at the Monsignor Feeney Foundation.
Monsignor Fortunato Baldelli, chief confession official, Vatican
Monsignor Tom played rugby for Moseley and London Irish while he was a serving priest.
Some priests with certain diocesan duties, including vicar general, dean, rector, and others, are referred to as "The Very Reverend" even if they are not monsignors.
Monsignor McHugh is principal of the Kyra organisation, which runs a foundation degree in leadership and management, aimed at tackling social and economic deprivation.
We are also here to learn more about Monsignor Romero.
Monsignor Cookson has been suffering from ill health for some time and will soon undergo major surgery.
Writing in the current edition of the Metropolitan Cathedral newsletter, Monsignor Cookson said: "As soon as it became clear what a lengthy and uncertain process my illness was likely to be, I felt it unfair and unreasonable to expect the cathedral team and community to struggle on indefinitely without a pastor at the helm.
Monsignor Nichols, who had been suffering from a progressive illness, passed away peacefully on Sunday.