Iron Hill Deanery


What is a Deanery?

In the most recent Code of Canon Law, bishops were given the authority to assemble parishes into smaller geographical groups. These groups of parishes within a diocese were then put under the care of a “dean” and called “deaneries.” Like all dioceses, the Diocese of Wilmington is organized into small regions called deaneries. A deanery is made up of contiguous parishes and is led by a pastor within the deanery who serves as the dean. A dean is appointed by the bishop and his responsibilities include overseeing the spiritual needs of priests, being attentive to pastoral issues in his deanery and coordinating regional pastoral initiatives.


Here are the parishes that comprise the Iron Hill Deanery:

Good Shepherd Church
Holy Family
Immaculate Conception/St. Jude Mission Church
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. John’s / Holy Angels
St. Joseph (Middletown)
St. Margaret of Scotland
St. Thomas More Oratory at the University of Delaware


For up-to-date information on the Iron Hill Deanery events and news, check out the deanery website:



Upcoming Events in the Deanery:


Dive into fun this June as Holy Family Church hosts a Deanery VBS Event.

21 Gender Rd., Newark DE  Click above for more information and registration.



  • Holy Angels Parish is hosting an all-day youth retreat (14-17 years of age)on the weekend of May 25th and 26th from 7:00am to 8:00pm on both days. Cost is $100. For more information, please call 302-602-6856.


  • St. Margaret of Scotland is hosting a Golf Outing on Monday, June 24th at Patriots Glen Golf Club, 300 Patriots Way, Elkton. Lunch and dinner will be provided along with specialty contests on certain holes with refreshments on the course. To register please contact Deacon Tommy Watts, (302) 834-0225 ext. 104 or email: