Definition of deanery in English:



  • 1British The group of parishes presided over by a rural dean.

    • ‘The rural dean is appointed by the bishop to act as a channel of communication between himself and the clergy of the parishes which make up his deanery.’
    • ‘The country of Luxembourg is covered by one diocese that contains 13 deaneries and 265 parishes in total.’
    • ‘The former church warden at St Mary's Church in Deane, Bolton, is lay chairman of his local deanery.’
    • ‘In the North Wiltshire deanery, Mr Oram explained that many of the smaller parishes will have to be amalgamated.’
    • ‘Tribute has been paid by the Rev Rachel Wilson, formerly from this area but now a curate in the Bowland deanery.’
    • ‘Reverend Kevin Arkell who looks after the deanery of Blackburn with Darwen said several parishes will ‘have trouble’ meeting the increased cash demand.’
    • ‘North Thames deanery includes London north of the Thames, Essex, and Hertfordshire.’
    • ‘Dioceses were divided into archdeaconries, and archdeaconries into rural deaneries.’
    • ‘Mass was said by the Canon Michael Ryan, of York, who was helped by previous priests from the parish and others from the deanery.’
    • ‘The duties of the post include regular meetings of the clergy of the 12 parishes in the deanery and advising and helping churchwardens of parishes without a parish priest.’
    • ‘Priests and representatives representing eight parishes in the Kildare deanery were in attendance.’
    • ‘The Rev David Knight, rural dean for Shipston deanery, said the money would be spent on ‘necessary but unglamorous’ masonry and glazing repairs.’
    • ‘To bring our parish in line with other parishes in our deanery all anniversary Masses for the week will be celebrated together at 7.30 pm on Friday evenings only.’
    • ‘Gillian Oliver, communications director for the Manchester Diocese, said that of the 27 churches in the Rochdale deanery, 13 of them had registered growth in adult Sunday attendances.’
    • ‘The Rt Rev David James and Canon Bruce Grainger paid the visit to Keighley and its surrounding area as part of a tour of the eight deaneries of the Bradford Diocese.’
    • ‘The deanery will say farewell to him at a Eucharist at Holy Trinity, Skipton, next Friday, October 24.’
    • ‘The trip was part of a 15-visit programme to every deanery in his diocese.’
    • ‘On that basis, the clergy of the Kendal deanery thought it would be better to have a local crematorium.’
    • ‘St Marie's in Bury will become a ‘gem church’, and developed as a focus for prayer and devotion within the deanery.’
    • ‘She said: ‘There are 21 churches in the deanery but you do as little or as many as you can.’’
  • 2The official residence of a dean.

    • ‘In the months after being suspended Dean Methuen has remained at the deanery and received full pay for doing nothing.’
    • ‘Or these meetings could have been held in the huge deanery.’
    • ‘The dean, a former church commissioner and one-time chaplain at Eton, has been suspended from duty since last September but remains on full pay of £28,000 and continues to live at the spacious deanery which is only yards from the cathedral.’
    • ‘And the curate said: ‘On one of the first days I was in a hotel just up from the deanery where we were staying and I had a beef curry and a pint of beer!’’
    • ‘The deanery at Windsor was attacked and Christopher's father was forced to move out.’
    1. 2.1The position or office of a dean.
      • ‘Richard Chenevix Trench, who succeeded to the deanery on the death of Dr. Buckland, in 1856, is a nephew of the first Lord Ashtown, in the Irish peerage.’
      • ‘The Puseyite Dr Arabin succeeds to the deanery and marries Mrs Bold, while Mrs Proudie sees to it that Slope is dismissed from his chaplaincy.’
      • ‘In 1621 Donne procured the deanery of St Paul's.’