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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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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.
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 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.
The service will be led by area dean Rev Canon Jim Robinson, vicar at Whittingham.
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.
The problem has led the Rev Richard Inglesby, Vicar of Moxley and Area Dean of Wednesbury, to write a stirring defence of the region in a parish profile for the St Bartholomew's job.
His ministry in Newcastle as Area Dean and Master of St Thomas gave him a strategic and public profile which he enjoyed, and for which he was widely respected.
The Rev Stewart Jones, aged 48, is moving to Birmingham from Kent where he is currently priest-in-charge of All Saints, Canterbury, as well as diocesan missioner, area dean and a provincial canon of Canterbury Cathedral, to become rector of St Martin-inthe-Bullring.

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