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PRIORY

Monastery of men or women governed by a prior or prioress. A conventual priory or prioress. A conventual priory is autonomous, while one dependent upon an abbey or mother house is an obedientiary priory. In England monasteries attached to cathedral churches are termed cathedral priories.

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

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