The Dean is a priest appointed by the Bishop to exercise certain delegated duties proper to the Bishop in a particular geographical area (Deanery). While every priest in the Diocese extends the priesthood of the Bishop to all of God’s people, the Dean is a special presence of the Bishop among a designated region. The Dean’s chief concerns are pastoral – promoting the Church’s mission of proclaiming God’s Word, celebrating Eucharist, forming community, and service. He is a unifying force among the priests.

While his exercise of leadership is done with a minimum of formal administrative structure, the Dean shares the Bishop’s task of planning, coordinating, and implementing the work of the church. The Dean communicates the care, concerns, and solicitude of the Bishop to the laity, religious, and clergy of the Deanery, and keeps the Bishop regularly aware of the developments within a Deanery.

City Deanery
Vy. Rev. Norman Carroll, V.F.
St. Elizabeth
809 S. Broom St., Wilmington, DE 19805
Phone: (302) 652-3626 FAX: (302) 658-5957

Cathedral of St. Peter
Christ Our King
St. Ann (Wilmington)
St. Anthony of Padua
*St. Elizabeth
St. Hedwig

St. Joseph (French Street)
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
St. Patrick
St. Paul (Wilmington)
St. Stanislaus Kostka
St. Thomas the Apostle


Central New Castle Deanery
Vy. Rev. Joseph Drobinski, V.F.
St. Matthew
901 E. Newport Pike, Wilmington, DE  19804

Phone: (302) 633-5850 FAX: (302) 633-5850

Corpus Christi
Holy Spirit
Our Lady of Fatima
Parish of the Resurrection

St. Catherine of Siena
St. John the Beloved
St. Mary of the Assumption
*St. Matthew
St. Peter the Apostle


Brandywine Hundred Deanery
Vy. Rev. Stanley J. Russell, V.F.
St. Helena
602 Philadelphia Pike, Bellefonte, Wilmington, DE 19809
Phone: (302) 764-0325 FAX: (302) 764-1068

Church of the Holy Child
Holy Rosary
Immaculate Heart of Mary

*St. Helena
St. Joseph on the Brandywine
St. Mary Magdalen


Silver Lake Deanery
Vy. Rev. Michael B. Roark, V.F.
Immaculate Conception Church
PO Box 399, Marydel, MD 21649-0399
Phone: (410) 482-7687 FAX: (410) 482-7253

Holy Cross
*Immaculate Conception (Marydel)
St. John the Apostle

St. Polycarp
St. Dennis


Eastern Shore Deanery
Vy. Rev. Paul F. Jennings, V.F.
St. Christopher
PO Box 660, Chester, MD 21619
Phone: (410) 643-6220 FAX: (410) 643-4055

Our Lady of Good Council
Our Mother of Sorrows
Sacred Heart (Chestertown)
St. Francis de Sales

St. Benedict
*St. Christopher
St. Mary Refuge of Sinners
Sts. Peter & Paul


Ocean Deanery
Vy. Rev. Joseph J. Piekarski, V.F.
St. Edmond Church
PO Box 646
Rehoboth Beach, DE  19971
Phone: (302) 227-4550  Fax: (302) 227-4557

Holy Name of Jesus
Our Lady of Lourdes
St. Ann (Bethany Beach)
*St. Edmond

St. Jude the Apostle
St. Luke/St. Andrew
St. John Neumann
St. Mary Star of the Sea
St. Michael the Archangel


Iron Hill Deanery
Vy. Rev. Arthur Fiore, V.F.
St. John the Baptist/Holy Angels
92 Possum Park Rd., Newark, DE  19711
Phone: (302) 731-2200 FAX: (302) 731-2434

Church of the Good Shepherd
Holy Family
Immaculate Conception (Elkton)
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Margaret of Scotland

St. Paul (Delaware City)
*St. John-Holy Angels
St. Joseph’s (Middletown)
St. Thomas More Oratory


*Dean’s parish