The Deans & Deaneries

The Diocesan Bishop appoints the Dean (Vicar Forane), having consulted the priests who exercise ministry within the deanery. The Diocesan Bishop may, however, enact particular law for a diocese, to determine another mode for choosing the Dean (e.g. election, or some formal method of consultation prior to appointment).


The Bishop may appoint any priest as Dean and the office is not necessarily attached to any particular parish. The appointment is to be for a precise term and does not enjoy stability. For a just cause the Diocesan Bishop may freely remove the dean from office

Over and above any special faculties that he may enjoy from Diocesan particular law or by delegation from the Diocesan Bishop, the Dean should be the key element in the pastoral life of the Deanery. His role is first of all that of promoting and coordinating, supporting and helping the local priests and deacons within his deanery. After that he may be considered a trouble-shooter to solve local problems. As with all ecclesiastical offices, the letter of appointment should specify the rights, duties and obligations attached to it.

The Bishop describes the role of Dean in the document found here.

In this Diocese, there are currently eight Deaneries & Deans (below):
1. St Peter’s Deanery
(Lancaster & Morecambe)
Dean: Rev Philip Conner VF
St Joseph’s Presbytery, Slyne Road, LANCASTER, Lancs, Tel: 01524 32493
2. Our Lady & St Wilfrid’s Deanery
Dean: Rev Canon Adrian Towers VF
St Andrew’s Presbytery, 114 Hoyle’s Lane, COTTAM, PRESTON, Lancs, Tel: 01772 726166
3. St Kentigern’s Deanery
Dean: Rev Jim Burns VF
Our Lady of the Assumption, 125 Common Edge Road, BLACKPOOL, FY4 5DF, Tel: 01253 832958
4. Sacred Heart Deanery
Dean: Rev Michael Murphy VF
 St. Mary’s, 34 Kemp Street, FLEETWOOD, FY7 6CJ. Tel: 01253 873331
5. St John The Evangelist Deanery
Dean: Rev David Burns VF
St Joseph’s Presbytery, Woodlands Road, ANSDELL, Lytham St Annes, Lancs, FY8 4EP. Tel: 01253 737037
6. St Mary of Furness & St Thomas of Canterbury Deanery
(Furness & Lakes)
Dean: Rev Canon Paul Embery VF
St Mary of Furness, Victoria Road, Brogden Park, ULVERSTON, LA12 0BY, Tel: 01229 582205
7. St Herbert’s Deanery
Dean: Rev Jim Allen VF
 St Bede’s Presbytery, 120 Wigton Road, CARLISLE, Cumbria, C12 7ES, Tel: 01228 521704
8. Our Lady & St Benedict Deanery
(West Cumbria)
Dean: Rev  Paul Johnstone VF
The Priory, Cleator, Cumbria, CA23 3AB Tel: 01946 810324