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The Ecclesiarch is the leader of the Ecclesiarchy (a.k.a. the Adeptus Ministorum)


The Ecclesiarch is based in a fortress within the Ecclesiarchal Palace on Terra. Elected by the Holy Synod, the Ecclesiarch's main concerns are representing the Ministorum as a High Lord, the ordering of crusades, and monitoring the devotion of the Imperial citizenry. As the head of the Imperial Cult, he is an immensely powerful and influential figure.[1]

The Ecclesiarch always holds a position as one of the High Lords of Terra, the ruling council of the Imperium.[2]


The term Ecclesiarch is likely derived from a combination of the words "ecclesiastic"/"ecclesiastical" (of or pertaining to the church) and "arch" (chief, highest) - although "arch" in this sense is usually a prefix rather than a suffix.


In multiple sources, even lay-priests of the Ecclesiarchy may be referred to as "Ecclesiarchs".[3] Care should be taken to not confuse these with the Ecclesiarch - the head of the Ecclesiarchy.

See also



Members of the High Lords of Terra
Permanent Members Master of the AdministratumEcclesiarchInquisitorial RepresentativeFabricator-GeneralGrand Provost MarshalPaternoval EnvoyMaster of the AstronomicanMaster of the Adeptus Astra TelepathicaGrand Master of AssassinsLord Commander of the Imperium
Rotating Members Lord Commander of Segmentum SolarLord Commander MilitantCardinals of the Holy SynodAbessChancellor of the Estate ImperiumSpeaker for the Chartist CaptainsLord High AdmiralCaptain-General
Lesser Members Chirurgeon-GeneralChancellor of the Imperial CouncilCommandant of the Schola ProgeniumLord Constable of the SynopticonMistress Plenary of the Catacombs
Former Members High Lord of the Imperial Chancellery