The wird diocese is derived frae the Greek term διοίκησις meanin "admeenistration". Whan nou used in an ecclesiastical sense, it refers tae an admeenistrative territorial entity.[1] In the Wastren Kirk, the destrict is unner the superveesion o a beeshop (that mey hae assistant beeshops tae help him or her) and is dividit intae pairishes unner the care o priests; but in the Eastren Kirk, the wird denotes the aurie unner the jurisdiction o a patriarch an the beeshops unner his jurisdiction admeenister pairishes.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cross, F.L. & Livingstone, E.A. "Diocese" in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church OUP (1974)