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CURATE, eccl. law. One who represents the incumbent of a church, person, or20 vicar, and takes care of the church, and performs divine service in his stead.

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He trained for the ministry and began his curacy in 1997.
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He served a curacy at Usworth, County Durham and was then appointed Vicar of Lynesack, in 1956 where he stayed for 20 years.
So David trained for the ministry and then took a curacy at Christ Church in Abingdon.
The Rev Simon Betteridge, curate at Studley and Mappleborough Green, is to begin his second curacy at St Paul's, Leamington, on March 10.
Following his curacy he went on to serve the Church in Mozambique alongside his future wife Mary, who became a missionary nurse.
She has lived with husband Michael in Salford Priors all her married life and has serviced a curacy in Snitterfield and Bearley.
Mr Duncan came to Birmingham in November 1962 where he began his curacy with St Peter's, Springhill.
200 YEARS AGO: On Monday the 10th, the Rev Arthur Home was licensed to the perpetual Curacy of Preston upon Stower in the County and Diocese of Gloucester, and on Friday following was instituted to the Rectory of Whitchurch in the County of Warwick and Diocese of Worcester.
She then served as the parish deacon of St Matthew's Church in Wolverhampton from 1991 to 1995 and, after ordination as a priest in 1994, served her curacy at St Matthew's before moving on to her role as assistant curate at St Andrew's Church in West Bromwich.
Born in Ripon, he trained for ordination at the College of the Resurrection, served his first curacy in Knaresborough, and after several years in the Blackburn Diocese, spent eight years at St Wilfrid's, Harrogate.