Deanery is an ecclesiastical entity in the Catholic Church

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. 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.


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.

Central Deanery North (Seminole and Orange Counties)
Dean: Very Rev. Ivan Olmo
Annunciation Catholic Church
1020 Montgomery Rd.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Mail: P.O. Box 915887
Longwood, FL 32791
Phone: 407-869-9472

Central Deanery South (Orange and Osceola Counties)
Dean: Very Rev. Richard Trout
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
1050 Celebration Avenue
Celebration, FL 34747
Phone: 407-939-1491

Eastern Deanery (Volusia County)
Dean: Very Rev. Matthew Mello
Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
4675 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Port Orange, FL 32129
Phone: 386-788-6144

Northern Deanery (Marion, Lake and Sumter Counties)
Dean:  Very Rev. Edward Waters
St. Timothy Catholic Church
1351 Paige Place
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Phone: 352-753-0989

Southern Deanery (Brevard County)
Dean: Very Reverend Scott Circe
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
3050 North Highway A1A
Indialantic, FL 32903
Phone: 321-773-2783

Western Deanery (Polk County)
Dean: Very Reverend Timothy P. LaBo
St. Joseph Catholic Church
210 W. Lemon St.
Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone: 863-213-5280