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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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COMMENDATORY ABBOT

A name formerly given to a provisional administrator of a vacant abbey. Later given to an ecclesiastic with a claim to abbatial revenues. (Etym. Latin commendare, to entrust to, to commit to one's charge.)