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PARSON

In pre-Reformation times the "Person of the Church" (Persona Ecclesiae) or priest in charge of a parish. The term is now mainly applied to minsters of the Church of England, particularly those with a benefice. (Etym. Middle English persone, person, parson.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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