apostolate /əˈpɒstəleɪt/

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I. noun

1. (chiefly in Roman Catholic contexts) the position or authority of an apostle or a religious leader.
2. a group of apostles or religious leaders.

the male-only apostolate.
3. a form of evangelistic activity or work.

their main apostolates lie in the areas of education or nursing services.
– origin late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin apostolatus, from apostulus (see apostle).

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