A hegumen is the head of a monastery or convent, similar to an abbot. He is an ordained hieromonk that stands at the head of a monastic community. The hegumen leads the community, enforces all fasts and vows of their monastic tradition, tonsures all novices, and admits new ordained initiates into their monastic tradition as well. A female hegumen is called hegumenia. A hegumen of a large monastery is called an archimandrite. Typically, hegumens have committed themselves to a religious life away from the world. However, becoming a hegumen is usually the first stepping stone in the career of a prelate, as most aspirant bishops must have experience in running a monastery before they can be considered for an episcopal appointment.
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