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n. Abbr. R.
1. A cleric in charge of a parish in the Episcopal Church.
2. An Anglican parish priest in a parish where historically the priest was entitled to the tithes.
3. A Roman Catholic priest appointed to be managerial as well as spiritual head of a church or other institution, such as a seminary or university.
4. The principal of certain schools, colleges, and universities.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rēctor, director, from rēctus past participle of regere, to rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

rec′tor·ate (-ĭt) n.
rec·to′ri·al (rĕk-tôr′ē-əl) adj.
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St Tudor's Church was originally built more than 1,000 years with some parts of the church rebuilt in 1820 in the parish of the Rectorial Benefice of Mynyddislwyn and is part of the Monmouth Diocese of the Church in Wales.
They will continue to run a catering operation from a separate location on the Enterprise Park and a small cafe operated and run on behalf of The Rectorial Benefice of Aberavon in Port Talbot.
The First Minister will evoke Jimmy Reid s world-famous rectorial address delivered in the same venue in 1972 by highlighting that the lack of consultation on the changes could breed alienation by ensuring that people have no say in shaping their own destinies.
He was vicar of Llanafan from 1964 to 1967 before serving in Aberystwyth from 1967 to 1973 as chaplain to Anglican students at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and team vicar in the Rectorial Benefice.
Thomas's father, Richard, who preceded him as rector, built himself a little summerhouse at the bottom of the rectorial garden to get away from his family.
Third University Solution: Giving Greater Weight to the Faculty of Arts within the Rectorial Council
The liability is on some property owners of once rectorial land where a responsibility exists in perpetuity to fund repairs to the chancel.
In 1714, Boerhaave gave a rectorial address on the issue of certainty in physics, proposing that doctors use the same inductive method in their field as Newton did in his.
Mr Salmond described the rectorial address as the finest Scottish political speech he has ever read and said it would be made available to every school in Scotland to inspire a new generation.
I loved his televison and radio work, his Glasgow University rectorial address and especially his platform oratory.
Other appointments made by the bishop include Reverend Nia Catrin Williams as area Dean for the Deanery of Ogwen, Reverend John Martin Riley as area Dean for the Deanery of Cyffylliog and Mawddwy, and Jane Rome Bailey as team vicar in the Rectorial Benefice of Holyhead.
It was also in the Forest Bar one night during the rectorial campaign that I got talking with Bill Campbell, who now runs Mainstream Publishing.