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DEAN, eccl. law. An ecclesiastical officer, who derives his name from the fact that he presides over ten canons, or, prebondaries, at least. There are several kinds of deans, namely: 1. Deans of chapters. 2. Deans of peculiars. 3. Rural deans. 4. Deans in the colleges. 5. Honorary deans. 6. Deans of provinces.

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Now six area deans and eight ministry area leaders in the diocese have written a letter to the Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, supporting the bishop and saying they want to see him back at work as quickly as possible.
The licensing ceremony was conducted by The Right Reverend John Stroyan, Bishop of Warwick and the installation was conducted by The Reverend Paul Manuel, area Dean of Warwick and Leamington.
CHURCH APPOINTMENT REV Dagmar Winter has been appointed as the new Area Dean for the Morpeth Deanery section of the Church of England.
The Rev Andy Jolley, the area dean for Aston, said: "People there were determined to continue their worship of God, and continue their service to the community, and in the longer term they were determined to rebuild and restore the church for Erdington."
THE Reverend Keith Lumsdon, Vicar of Ferryhill, St Luke and Priest in Charge of Cornforth, Holy Trinity in the Diocese of Durham, is also to become Acting Area Dean of Sedgefield.
Davies, the area Dean of Cardiff, has been vicar of St Paul's in Grangetown for more than 30 years.
She is a member of the governing body; | Rev Canon Sian Jones, Area Dean of Llandeilo and Llandovery in the diocese of St Davids; | Rev Canon Steven Kirk, Area Dean of Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly in the diocese of Llandaff; | Venerable Jonathan Williams, Archdeacon of Newport in the diocese of Monmouth.
The Rev Mary Railton-Crowder, vicar of St Cuthbert's, Birkby and St Philip the Apostle, Birchencliffe, and the Area Dean of Huddersfield, said: "This is a lovely opportunity for the church family to celebrate the way pantomime brings our community together and enables us to offer a ministry of welcome, hospitality and laughter.
His father, Alan, served as vicar of St Saviour's Church, Roath, for more than 30 years and was Area Dean of Cardiff before retiring.
Katie's baptism - and the prospect of Colin as godfather - had been put on hold by an up-the-wall Adam, who was now having to justify his parish's existence to new area dean Jill Mallory (Joanna Scanlan, who played Terri Coverley in The Thick Of It).
He is also the area dean for Russia, Mongolia, Poland and Ukraine.
During this period she was also vicar in the Parish of Bangor with special responsibility for St Peter's church in Penrhosgarnedd as well as being the Area Dean for Ogwen.

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