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Definition of Parish


  1. That circuit of ground committed to the charge of one parson or vicar, or other minister having cure of souls therein.
  2. The same district, constituting a civil jurisdiction, with its own officers and regulations, as respects the poor, taxes, etc.
  3. An ecclesiastical society, usually not bounded by territorial limits, but composed of those persons who choose to unite under the charge of a particular priest, clergyman, or minister; also, loosely, the territory in which the members of a congregation live.
  4. In Louisiana, a civil division corresponding to a county in other States.
  5. Of or pertaining to a parish; parochial; as, a parish church; parish records; a parish priest; maintained by the parish; as, parish poor.

Parish Quotations

I look upon the whole world as my parish.
John Wesley

Once in my childhood I had been eager to learn Irish; I thought to get leave to take lessons from an old Scripture-reader who spent a part of his time in the parish of Killinane, teaching such scholars as he could find to read their own language in the hope that they might turn to the only book then being printed in Irish, the Bible.
Lady Gregory

I once saw my mother playing Mary Magdalene in a parish event. But she had to put the role aside in order to go and front the choir who were singing at the same occasion. She left the stage halfway through the Crucifixion.
Fiona Shaw

At the parish level, where the church lives and moves and breathes, that's where we need to be engaging our people much more in understanding the Word of God... the Word of God reflected in the traditional teaching of the church, the Word of God reflected in the scriptures, is as much a part of their lives as anything else.
Donald Wuerl

The parish I live in is a very abrupt, uneven country, full of hills and woods, and therefore full of birds.
Gilbert White
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Parish Translations

parish in Dutch is parochie
parish in Finnish is seurakunta
parish in French is paroisse
parish in German is Gemeinde, Kirchgemeinde
parish in Spanish is parroquia
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