What is curate?


A curate ( /ˈkjʊərɨt/) is a person who is invested with the care or cure (cura) of souls of a parish. In this sense "curate" correctly means a parish priest but in English-speaking countries the term curate is commonly used of assistant clergy to the parish priest. The duties or office of a curate are called a curacy (as the office of a president is a presidency).

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Patrick Brontë - Curate
... In 1809 he became assistant curate at Wellington, Shropshire and in 1810 his first published poem, Winter Evening Thoughts, appeared in a local newspaper ... In 1815 he moved again on becoming perpetual curate of Thornton-le-Dale ...
Collegiate Church Of St Mary Youghal - Clergy
... Gervaise Thorpe 1638 Philemon Fitzsymons 1650 James Wood 1659 Raymond Burgh 1661 Daniel Eyres (Curate) 1662 James Spencer (Curate) 1665 William Palmer 1672 Samuel Jordan 1681 Raymund Bourgh (Bourke) 1682 Gilbert ...
Alfred Merle Norman - Biography - Career
... In the same year, he became curate of Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire ... In 1858, he was appointed as a curate in Sedgefield, County Durham ... Norman became curate of Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham in 1864 ...
Bless Me Father
... Charles Duddleswell (Lowe) and his young curate (Abineri) in the fictional parish of St. 21 episodes, written by Peter De Rosa (who had previously been a novice curate), were aired ... the pseudonym of Neil Boyd which was also the name of the young curate character Boyd also served as the narrator in the series of novels upon which the series was based ...

Famous quotes containing the word curate:

    It is indolence ... indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine.
    Jane Austen (1775–1817)

    A Curate there is something which excites compassion in the very name of a curate!!!
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