An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Bishop Visitor or Protector

The bishop named to have an official, canonical relationship with a religious order. Each order must designate a Bishop Visitor or Protector, who serves as guardian of the order's constitution and arbiter of last resort for issues of conflict in the community. The Visitor or Protector may be the bishop in whose jurisdiction the order is established. Another bishop may accept election to this role with the permission of the diocesan bishop.

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