A man who is called to give patriarchal blessings. There is a patriarch for the whole church and one in most stakes. It is a highly honored position. “A patriarch is ordained, not set apart. If a man is set apart to an office in the Church, he will one day be released. But an ordination to an office in the priesthood is permanent unless it is lost through transgression. A man is not released from the office of patriarch. Age or illness may require the patriarch to be placed on nonfunctioning status” (Office of Patriarch,