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Out of the question: Scottish deans

04 January 2011

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Your answers

In the Scottish Episcopal Church, cathedrals have provosts, and dioceses have deans. What are the deans’ responsibilities? [Answers, 24/31 December 2010]

Canon 43 of the Code of Canons of the Scottish Episcopal Church states that the bishop of each diocese ap­points a dean. The dean holds office for a period of five years, renewable for a further period or periods of five years by mutual consent.

The work of the dean of a diocese can be both administrative and pastoral. The administrative duties include oversight of church build­ings and inspection of the registers, inventories, and records of congre­ga­tions, including the com­municants’ roll and the roll of members, and generally acting on behalf of the bishop when required.

Other duties include supporting the bishop in his or her ministry in the diocese and deputising for the bishop in a variety of situations. The office of dean is normally under­taken in addition to having respon­sibility for one or more charges. During the vacancy of the see, it is the respon­sibility of the dean to administer the diocese under and in accordance with the direction of the Primus.

In terms of comparison, the office of dean in the Scottish Episcopal Church is similar to the office of archdeacon in the Church of Eng­land (the office of archdeacon does not exist in the Scottish Episcopal Church). There is, however, only one dean in each diocese, whereas there may be more than one arch­deacon in a diocese of the Church of England.

Lorna Finley
Communications Officer
The Scottish Episcopal Church

Your questions

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