noun, plural vicars apostolic.
Roman Catholic Church. a titular bishop serving either in a district where no episcopal see has been established, or in one where the succession of bishops has been interrupted.
Ecclesiastical History. an archbishop, bishop, or other ecclesiastic to whom the pope delegated a portion of his jurisdiction.
- vibropac block,
- vicar capitular,
- vicar choral,
- vicar forane,
- vicar general,
- vicar of bray
Origin of vicar apostolic
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for vicar apostolic
Laval, the first vicar-apostolic of New France, arrived in Quebec in 1659.
RC Church a titular bishop having jurisdiction in non-Catholic or missionary countries where the normal hierarchy has not yet been established
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