Origin of commendam
Examples from the Web for commendam
This great cardinal was invested with the temporalities on December 7th, 1521, and held the Abbey "in commendam."Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans|Thomas Perkins
Bonivard never took monastic vows or holy orders, but held his living in commendam, as a lay-man.
To supplement this paltry revenue the bishops often held other appointments in commendam.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester|G. H. Palmer
He held "in commendam" the abbey of St. Albans, and many other church preferments.
An act of 1836 prohibited the holding of benefices in commendam in England.