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Vicar vs. Rector: What's the Difference?

Vicar and Rector Definitions

Vicar

An Anglican parish priest in a parish where historically someone other than the priest was entitled to the tithes.

Rector

A cleric in charge of a parish in the Episcopal Church.

Vicar

A cleric in charge of a chapel in the Episcopal Church of the United States.

Rector

An Anglican parish priest in a parish where historically the priest was entitled to the tithes.

Vicar

An Anglican or Roman Catholic cleric who acts for or represents another, often higher-ranking member of the clergy.
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Rector

A Roman Catholic priest appointed to be managerial as well as spiritual head of a church or other institution, such as a seminary or university.

Vicar

In the Church of England, the priest of a parish, receiving a salary or stipend but not tithes.

Rector

The principal of certain schools, colleges, and universities.

Vicar

In the Roman Catholic and some other churches, a cleric acting as local representative of a higher ranking member of the clergy.

Rector

In the Anglican Church, a cleric in charge of a parish and who owns the tithes of it.
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Vicar

A person acting on behalf of, or representing, another person.

Rector

In the Roman Catholic Church, a cleric with managerial as well as spiritual responsibility for a church or other institution.

Vicar

One deputed or authorized to perform the functions of another; a substitute in office; a deputy.

Rector

A priest or bishop who is in charge of a parish or in an administrative leadership position in a theological seminary or academy.

Vicar

The incumbent of an appropriated benefice.

Rector

In a Protestant church, a pastor in charge of a church with administrative and pastoral leadership combined.

Vicar

A Roman Catholic priest who acts for another higher-ranking clergyman

Rector

A headmaster in various educational institutions, e.g. a university.

Vicar

(Episcopal Church) a clergyman in charge of a chapel

Rector

(Scotland) An official in Scottish universities who heads the university court and is elected by and represents the student body.

Vicar

(Church of England) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish

Rector

A ruler or governor.
God is the supreme rector of the world.

Rector

A clergyman who has the charge and cure of a parish, and has the tithes, etc.; the clergyman of a parish where the tithes are not impropriate. See the Note under Vicar.

Rector

The head master of a public school.

Rector

The chief elective officer of some universities, as in France and Scotland; sometimes, the head of a college; as, the Rector of Exeter College, or of Lincoln College, at Oxford.

Rector

The superior officer or chief of a convent or religious house; and among the Jesuits the superior of a house that is a seminary or college.

Rector

A person authorized to conduct religious worship

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