A renewed vision of the Deanery affirms that it exists in service of the communion and mission of the parishes that make it up and of the particular groupings or partnerships of parishes to which each parish belongs. This document sets out a framework of principles underpinning the supportive role of the Deanery.
The Deanery fosters pastoral care through common pastoral activity among parishes sharing resources to support such common pastoral activity. Common pastoral action requires periodic review of practices, programmes and initiatives, in order to ensure they continue to be fruitful. Equally, it involves attending to new pastoral issues which emerge within the Deanery. By supporting local parish life and ministry, the Deanery serves, too, the developing communion and mission of the Diocese. In this context, as a vital cell of diocesan life, the Deanery provides a unique opportunity for discernment, planning and initiation of common pastoral actions, giving concrete effect to the Church’s mission locally