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 J. Piekarski, V.F.
St. John the Beloved
907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, DE  19805

Phone: (302) 999-0211 FAX: (302) 999-9184

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. James S. Lentini, V.F.
Church of the Holy Cross/Immaculate Conception Church
631 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 674-5787 FAX: (302) 674-5783

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

St. Polycarp
St. Dennis


Eastern Shore Deanery
Vy. Rev. James Nash V.F.
SS. Peter & Paul
7906 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 21601
Phone: (410) 822-2344 FAX: (410) 770-5080

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
Ss. Peter & Paul


Ocean Deanery
Vy. Rev. Paul F. Jennings, Jr., V.F.
St. Luke/St. Andrew,  14401 Sinepuxent Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842
Phone: (410) 250-0300 Fax: (410) 250-0417

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
Rev. Msgr. John P. Hopkins, V.F.
St. Margaret of Scotland
2431 Frazer Rd. Newark, DE 19702
Phone: (302) 834-0225 FAX: (302) 834-0840

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