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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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By 1995, she was appointed to the Benefice of Warkworth with Acklington - covering the Parish Church of St Lawrence at the former and the Church of St John the Divine at the latter - and served as area dean from 2005-11.
Rev Peter Lewis, the area dean for the Vale of Neath parish, said he hoped people would be able to draw strength from yesterday's service.
Some dioceses have changed the name to Area Dean, which makes more sense in a town.
Area Dean the Rev Alan Green said: "Youths were causing a disturbance.
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.
Notable Harvard faculty include Harry Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, former Dean of Harvard College, and co-author of Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion, and Michael Mitzenmacher, Professor and Area Dean of Computer Science, and author or co-author of more than 150 publications.
Robert, 46, who is the area dean of Arfon and director of communications for the diocese of Bangor, said: "Just being on the stage for our audition in Birmingham, which was recorded in February, was a wonderful experience, if slightly surreal.
Reverend Leigh Richardson, Area Dean of Carmarthen, said a candle is still being lit for Cameron at St Peter's Church and said the community's heart is still broken.
The Revd Michael Gable, Area Dean of Pontypridd, said, "We are pleased that the Government has seen a vision for St Gwynno's Church.
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.
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.

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