Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

TUTULAR NAME

The patron of a sacred place, especially a church, whose name it bears. The patron of a church is normally chosen by the founders. Usually only one patron is chosen, or else two whose feast (if at all possible) fals on the same day. In general, the patron saint is the one under whose special protection a church has been placed. However, the titular name is a wider term, including also the persons of the Trinity, mysteries of the faith, angels, or any saint already canonized. Thepatron of a place is chosen by the people, and one locality may have more than one patron, principal and secondary. There cannot be more than one principal patron except by immemorial custom or special apostolic indult.

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

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - 0 hours ago
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - 0 hours ago