Definitions for Chaplain
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a clergyman ministering to some institution
A member of the clergy officially assigned to an institution, group, private chapel, etc.
Etymology: From chapelain, from cappellanus, from cappella.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
He that performs divine service in a chapel, and attends the king, or other person, for the instruction of him and his family, to read prayers, and preach. John Cowell
Etymology: capellanus, Latin.
Wishing me to permit
John de la Court, my chaplain, a choice hour,
To hear from him a matter of some moment. William Shakespeare.
Chaplain, away! thy priesthood saves thy life. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.
A chief governour can never fail of some worthless illiterate chaplain, fond of a title and precedence. Jonathan Swift.
A chaplain is, traditionally, a cleric (such as a minister, priest, pastor, rabbi, purohit, or imam), or a lay representative of a religious tradition, attached to a secular institution (such as a hospital, prison, military unit, intelligence agency, embassy, school, labor union, business, police department, fire department, university, sports club), or a private chapel. Though originally the word chaplain referred to representatives of the Christian faith, it is now also applied to people of other religions or philosophical traditions, as in the case of chaplains serving with military forces and an increasing number of chaplaincies at U.S. universities. In recent times, many lay people have received professional training in chaplaincy and are now appointed as chaplains in schools, hospitals, companies, universities, prisons and elsewhere to work alongside, or instead of, official members of the clergy. The concepts of a multi-faith team, secular, generic or humanist chaplaincy are also gaining increasing use, particularly within healthcare and educational settings.
A chaplain is a religious representative such as a priest, pastor, rabbi, or imam, attached to a secular institution like a hospital, prison, military unit, school, business, police department, or a private chapel to provide spiritual support, guidance and pastoral care to individuals in that institution. They may conduct religious services, offer counseling, and perform other religious functions.
an ecclesiastic who has a chapel, or who performs religious service in a chapel
a clergyman who is officially attached to the army or navy, to some public institution, or to a family or court, for the purpose of performing divine service
any person (clergyman or layman) chosen to conduct religious exercises for a society, etc.; as, a chaplain of a Masonic or a temperance lodge
Etymology: [F. chapelain, fr. LL. capellanus, fr. capella. See Chapel.]
Traditionally, a chaplain is the minister in a specialized setting such as a priest, pastor, rabbi, imam, lay representative of a world view attached to a secular institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, police department, university, or private chapel. Though originally the word "chaplain" referred to representatives of the Christian faith, it is now also applied to men and women of other religions or philosophical traditions–such as in the case of the humanist chaplains serving with military forces in the Netherlands and Belgium. In recent years many lay individuals have received professional training in chaplaincy and are now appointed as chaplains in schools, hospitals, universities, prisons and elsewhere to work alongside or instead of official members of the clergy. The concept of 'generic' and/or 'multifaith' chaplaincy is also gaining increasing support, particularly within healthcare and educational settings.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
chap′lān, or chap′lin, n. a clergyman attached to a ship of war, a regiment, a public institution, or private family.—ns. Chap′laincy, Chap′lainry, Chap′lainship. [O. Fr. chapelain—Low L. capellanus—capella. See Chapel.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The priest appointed to perform divine service on board ships in the royal navy.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A clergyman with a military commission, giving him the spiritual charge of soldiers. There are 30 post and 4 regimental chaplains in the U. S. army.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chaplain is ranked #41164 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Chaplain surname appeared 529 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Chaplain.
88.6% or 469 total occurrences were White.
7.7% or 41 total occurrences were Black.
1.8% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.5% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
The numerical value of Chaplain in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Chaplain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
The military now wants a 2.0 chaplain instead of a legacy chaplain, they want a chaplain to accommodate policy that contradicts Scripture.
I believe some of what the lieutenant has alleged could constitute a military crime – false statements – taking what the chaplain said and twisting or misconstruing it – in an attempt to get the chaplain punished, he abused the position he was placed in as a chaplain’s assistant.
I believe some of what the lieutenant has alleged could constitute a military crime – false statements, taking what the chaplain said and twisting or misconstruing it in an attempt to get the chaplain punished, he abused the position he was placed in as a chaplain’s assistant.
We believe the Navy will exonerate Chaplain Chaplain Modder and restore Chaplain Modder to continue Chaplain Modder true calling of ministering to sailors and Marines as Chaplain Modder has done for the past 15 years.
After our investigation, it is clear that the facts and law are on Chaplain Modder’s side, chaplain Modder has done nothing more than provide ministerial services in accordance with the precepts of Chaplain Modder faith – which is completely consistent with Navy rules and federal law.
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