Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Now, what the heck is a "Coadjutor" and how do you pronounce it?

Speaking of "pronounciation", the National Catholic Reporter, something I don't often consult, says that our new Coadjutor Bishop (or is he a Coadjutor Archbishop?) pronounces his name "Nine-stedt!"

('ə-jū'tər, kō-ăj'ə-tər) pronunciation
  1. A coworker; an assistant. See synonyms at assistant.
  2. An assistant to a bishop, especially one designated to succeed the bishop.

[Middle English coadjutour, assistant, from Latin coadiūtor : co-, co- + adiūtor, assistant (from adiūtāre, to aid; see adjutant).] [www.answers.com]


Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus - Cite This Source
Main Entry: aide
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: assistant
Synonyms: abettor, adjutant, aid, aide-de-camp, assistant, attendant, coadjutant, coadjutor, deputy, girl Friday, helper, lieutenant, man Friday, second, shop, stooge, supporter, troops
Antonyms: boss, leader, superior
Notes: aid is assistance or a source of assistance; aide is an assistant
Source: Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1)
Copyright © 2007 by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.


And in fact, a "Coadjutor Bishop" is whatever his Bishop will let him be. Recently, a Coadjutor Bishop appointed to a major U.S. Diocese wasn't allowed to do anything and ultimately Rome transferred him to his own diocese before he could succeed the Bishop in the diocese of his first appointment. Archbishop Flynn has requested that a Coadjutor Bishop be appointed for St Paul-Minneapolis to ultimately succeed him when he turns 75 in just about a year. So that problem is not expected here.


Sanctus Belle said...

Thank you for defining Coadjutor! When I read the alert in my email I was wondering what the difference was between a Coadjutor and an Auxillary and now I get it! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I read in today's Newspaper that St. Agnes might have to close its high school. The might provide the new Archbishop with a challenge, since so my vocations come from that parish. With no high school, would vocations drop?

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I love all of your little comments, you're so funny Ray!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Laura!

Anonymous: With respect to vocations in the Archdiocese, The Archdiocese has 13 Catholic high schools with about 9,000 students. Father William Baer, rector of the St John Vianney seminary has said that about one-half of one percent of those students enter the seminary.

He called it outrageous. I'd agree.

Although I would agree that St Agnes sure has provided a lot of what has come out of the Catholic high schools. Think how awful that number would be if it were not for them.