As proper nouns the difference between rector and sexton
is that rector
is an english surname; derived from the (etyl
) surname richter
* rectour (obsolete)
In the Anglican Church, a cleric in charge of a parish and who owns the tithes of it.
* , chapter=10
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector'
s face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
In the Roman Catholic Church, a cleric with managerial as well as spiritual responsibility for a church or other institution.
A headmaster in various educational institutions, e.g. a university.
A church official who looks after a church building and its graveyard and may act as a gravedigger and bell-ringer.