Glossary P

  • Palaeontology
    The study of fossils.

  • Patrology
    The works of the complete set of the Fathers of the Church, synonym of patristic : study of the doctrine, the works, the biographies of the Fathers of the Church.

  • Prior
    The priest next in rank below the head of an abbey, he may sometimes substitute for the abbot. He is also called monastic prior. When the monastery is an autonomous priory, the superior is called prior also called conventual prior : in this case he has the same rights and duties as an abbot.

  • Priory
    Monastery which has fewer members. Called conventual priory when it is autonomous. Except for some privileges there is no difference between a Priory and an Abbey.