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PRIORESS

Superior of a monastic community of women. She is an assistant to the abbess. Her duties are similar to the prior's in the corresponding order of men. (Etym. Latin priorissa, from prior, former, first, superior.)

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

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