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'''''Igumen''''' or '''''hegumen''''' is the title for the head of a [[monastery]], similar to ''[[abbot]]''. The head of a convent of [[nun]]s is called ''igumenia'' or ''ihumenia ''(Greek: ''ηγουμένη''). The term means "the one who is in charge," or "the leader" in Greek.  An igumen is not necessarily a member of the [[clergy]].
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In the Slavic tradition, the title of Igumen also serves as a title for a priest-monk in between Hieromonk and Archimandrite.
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==See also==
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*[[Archimandrite]]
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==External links==
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*[[Wikipedia:Hegumen|''Hegumen'' at Wikipedia]]
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*[http://www.orthodoxed.org/article.php?id=40 Holy Orders: Abbot]
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{{Clergy/wide}}
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[[Category:Monastics]]
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[[fr:Higoumène]]
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[[it:Igumeno]]
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[[mk:Игумен]]
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[[ro:Egumen]]

Latest revision as of 21:11, May 26, 2013

Igumen or hegumen is the title for the head of a monastery, similar to abbot. The head of a convent of nuns is called igumenia or ihumenia (Greek: ηγουμένη). The term means "the one who is in charge," or "the leader" in Greek. An igumen is not necessarily a member of the clergy.

In the Slavic tradition, the title of Igumen also serves as a title for a priest-monk in between Hieromonk and Archimandrite.

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External links


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