A deanery is one form of division of a diocese into smaller groupings of parishes. Usually deaneries are named simply by a geographic designation. Appointed by the bishop, the dean is responsible for each deanery.
Bishop John Noonan announced the following appointment of Deans to the Diocese of Orlando effective December 23, 2010. (The Diocese of Orlando is divided into six deaneries as outlined below.):
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Central Deanery North (Seminole and Orange Counties)
Dean: Very Rev. Stephen Parkes
Annunciation Catholic Church
1020 Montgomery Rd.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Mail: P.O. Box 915887
Longwood, FL 32791
Central Deanery South (Orange and Osceola Counties)
Dean: Very Rev. Timothy LaBo
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
1603 N. Thacker Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Eastern Deanery (Volusia County)
Dean: Very Rev. Timothy Daly
Basilica of St. Paul Catholic Church
317 Mullally St.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Northern Deanery (Marion, Lake and Sumter Counties)
Dean: Very Rev. Edward Waters
St. Timothy Catholic Church
1351 Paige Place
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Southern Deanery (Brevard County)
Dean: Very Rev. Bradley Beaupre, C.S.C.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
5655 Stadium Parkway
Viera, FL 32940
Western Deanery (Polk County)
Dean: Very Rev. Charles Viviano
Church of the Resurrection
3855 S. Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33813-1109
Deanery is an ecclesiastical entity in the Catholic Church
In the Catholic Church, Can.374 §2 of the Code of Canon Law grants to bishops the possibility to join together several neighboring parishes into special groups, such as deaneries.
Each deanery is headed by a dean who is—according to the definition provided in canon 553—a priest appointed by the bishop after consultation with the priests exercising ministry in the deanery. Canon 555 defines the duties of a dean as:
- promotion and coordination of the common pastoral activity within the deanery;
- seeing that the clerics of the deanery lead a life in harmony with their state in life and perform their duties with diligence;
- seeing that religious functions follow Church norms;
- seeing that the good appearance of churches and sacred furnishings are maintained;
- seeing that parish books are correctly managed;
- seeing that the parish rectory is well maintained;
- seeing that clerics, following the norms of the diocese and the norms of Canon 272, attend theological lectures, meetings, or conferences;
- making sure that the priests of the deanery have access to spiritual helps and aid in difficult pastoral circumstances; and
- making sure that pastors in his deanery are well cared for when they are sick or dying.
Additionally, the dean must follow the particular norms of the diocese. Canon 555 also particularly mentions that a dean must visit the parishes of the district in accord with the regulations made by the diocesan bishop.