What is parish?

  • (noun): The local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A parish is a territorial unit historically under the pastoral care and clerical jurisdiction of one parish priest, who might be assisted in his pastoral duties by a curate or curates - also priests but not the parish priest - from a more or less central parish church with its associated organization. It often covered the same geographic area as the manor, under the lay jurisdiction of the Lord of the Manor, which generally shared the same name and from the creation of which the parish may have derived its existence.

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... is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England with a small harbour, surrounded by cliffs ... The parish stretches along the coast from 'The Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along The Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west ... The resort is hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is at 'Hore Down Gate', 2 miles inland and 860 feet (270 m) above sea level ...
Outeiro - Places - Portugal
... Outeiro (Bragança), a civil parish in the municipality of Bragança Outeiro (Cabeceiras de Basto), a civil parish in the municipality of Cabeceiras de Basto ...
Järva County - Municipalities
... Urban municipality Paide Rural municipalities Albu Parish Ambla Parish Imavere Parish Järva-Jaani Parish (includes the borough of Järva-Jaani) Kareda Parish Koeru Parish Koigi Parish Paide ...
Hornindal - General Information - Churches
... Churches in Hornindal Parish (Prestegjeld) Sub-Parish (Sogn) Church Name Year Built Location of the Church Hornindal Parish Hornindal Hornindal kyrkje 1856 Grodås *Two other churches in this parish are ...
Parish - ISKCON
... The parallel to the parish system in the International Society of Krishna Consciousness is the division of zonal areas by the Governing Body Commission ...

More definitions of "parish":

  • (noun): A local church community.

Famous quotes containing the word parish:

    When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls, and the stars begin to flicker in the sky,
    —Mitchell Parish (1901–1993)

    My stardust melody, the memory of love’s refrain.
    —Mitchell Parish (1901–1993)

    There is not a single crowned head in Europe whose talents or merit would entitle him to be elected a vestryman by the people of any parish in America.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)