The big daddy of the house. A ruler or chief of a family unit or group. 2.) During the Patriarchal Age, Abraham, Isaac & Jacob were the patriarchs of Isreal. 3.) High ranking Orthodox Bishops.
Abbess Pictured:Anna Gertrude Hofner, abbess of Münsterlingen
A superior nun in a community of nuns. She shares the same responsibilities as an Abbott without jurisdiction. She’s the head nun in charge. 2.) The Mother midnight or procuress of a brothel.