What is a deanery in the Catholic Church?

In the Code of Canon Law, bishops are given the authority to assemble parishes into smaller geographical groups. These groups of parishes within a diocese are put under the care of a “dean” and called “deaneries.”

 

A diocese is a large geographical region and in order to govern the diocese effectively, the bishop needs deans to help oversee the parishes and ensure they are functioning properly. Deans are the local representatives of the bishop. 

 

If there is an issue with a parish or priest, lay people are instructed to consult the local dean first. Then, if the issue is not resolved, the dean presents the problem to the bishop.

DEANERY MAP NAMES
CHAMA St Patrick.jpg
LOS OJOS, San José .jpg
TIERRA AMARILLA, SANTO NIÑO
EL RITO, San Juan Nepomuceno.jpg
ABIQUIU St Thomas Apostle.jpg
Ohkay Owingeh, St John the Baptist 2.jpg
ESPAÑOLA,_Sacred_Heart.jpg
LOS ALAMOS, Inmaculate Heart of Mary 2.j
POJOAQUE Ntra Sra de Guadalupe.JPG
SANTA_CRUZ_DE_LA_CAÑADA_2.jpg
HOLY FAMILY PARISH CHIMAYO.jpg
DIXON Saint Anthony.jpg
PEÑASCO_Saint_Anthony_of_Padua.jpg
RANCHOS_DE_TAOS,_San_Francisco_de_Asís.J
TAOS, Our Lady of Guadalupe_edited.jpg
ARROYO_SECO_La_Santísima_Trinidad.JPG
QUESTA, St Anthony.jpg
SANTUARIO DE CHIMAYO
CHRIST IN THE DESERT.jpg