An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church


A bishop with administrative and disciplinary authority over other bishops. In the Anglican Communion, an archbishop is the chief bishop of a province. The term is not used by any bishop in the Episcopal Church, where the chief bishop is known as the “Presiding Bishop, Primate, and Chief Pastor,” or simply as the “Presiding Bishop.” Historically, from the fourth and fifth centuries, an archbishop was a patriarch or holder of another important see, later including those with broad regional jurisdiction such as metropolitans and primates.

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from “An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians,” Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.