Bishop creates new deanery

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Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde recently created a seventh deanery for the diocese and named Father Francis M. de Rosa, pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Colonial Beach, as its dean.

The parishes that form this new deanery previously were part of Deanery V. The parishes include: St. Anthony Mission, King George; St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Colonial Beach; St. Francis de Sales, Kilmarnock; St. Jude, Fredericksburg; St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Fredericksburg; St. Matthew, Spotsylvania; St. Patrick, Fredericksburg; St. Paul Mission, Hague; and St. William of York, Stafford.

In addition, St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton moved from Deanery IV to Deanery V.

"In an effort to facilitate pastoral care within each deanery and to afford our priests increased opportunities for fraternal gatherings, I have added a seventh deanery and slightly modified two others," said Bishop Loverde. "I am grateful to the priests who have accepted my invitation to serve as deans."

A deanery is a section of a diocese made up of several parishes and other ecclesiastical institutions under the limited authority of a dean, also known as a vicar forane (V.F.). Originally, deaneries were set up in the rural areas of dioceses, but more recently, urban areas or cities have been divided into deaneries.

The Arlington Diocese, which was established Aug. 13, 1974, consists of 68 parishes in 21 counties in the northern part of the state.

In addition to Father de Rosa, the other deans recently appointed to five-year terms by the bishop are: Father Robert J. Rippy (Deanery I); Father John C. Cregan (Deanery II); Father John P. Mosimann (Deanery III); Father Stanley J. Krempa (Deanery IV); Father Robert C. Cilinski (Deanery V); and Father John D. Kelly (Deanery VI).

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