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CANON III - OF DEANERIES
 

Section 1.

a) The Diocese shall be divided into not fewer than eight nor more than twenty Deaneries. The number and boundaries of such Deaneries shall be determined and may be altered or changed from time to time by the Bishop and Diocesan Executive Council as they may deem to be best, considering the interests and needs of the parishes and of the Diocese.

b) In each Deanery there shall be a Deanery Council, the members of which shall consist of (1) the Clergy canonically resident in the Diocese who are serving in the Parishes, Mission Stations and as Chaplains of institutions, listed in the Diocesan Journal, (2) the nonparochial Clergy who are communicants of such Parishes and Mission Stations and who are canonically resident in the Diocese, and (3) each Lay Delegate and each Substitute Delegate chosen by the member Parishes and Mission Stations to serve in the Diocesan Convention in accordance with Article IV of the Constitution of the Diocese of Connecticut.

For the purpose of this Canon, the term "Parish" shall include the Cathedral Congregation.

The Clerks of the several Parishes and Mission Stations in each Deanery shall immediately after the election of Lay Delegates transmit to the Secretary of their Deanery a certificate of each election, adding the names of Substitutes for Delegates if any such have been elected, and the Secretary shall thereupon prepare a Roll of the Lay Delegates to be used at meetings of the Deanery.

No Parish or Mission Station shall be represented by a number of representatives exceeding the number of Lay Delegates to which such Parish or Mission Station may be entitled and a like number of Substitute Delegates. In the event that a Parish or Mission Station shall have elected additional Substitute Delegates as provided in Article IV of the Constitution such Substitute Delegates shall not serve on the Deanery Council unless designated by the Parish or Mission station in such manner as it may determine, to substitute for one of the regular Delegates or Substitute Delegates. Such designation shall be certified to the Secretary of the Deanery by the Clerk of the Parish or Mission Station.

c) Each Deanery Council shall elect from the communicants of the Parishes and Mission Stations of the Deanery a Dean, who may be from either order, and a Sub-Dean from the opposite order, but not from the same Parish or Mission Station, who shall become voting members of the Deanery Council (if not already so entitled). Each Deanery Council shall elect annually a secretary and a treasurer. Any vacancy in the office of the Dean, Sub-Dean, secretary or treasurer may be filled for the balance of the term at a special meeting of the Deanery Council called for the purpose. The Dean, and in the absence of the Dean, the Sub-Dean, shall preside at meetings of the Deanery Council.

d) Each Deanery Council shall elect from the communicants of the Parishes and Mission Stations of the Deanery one clerical and one lay member to the Executive Council, who shall not be a Dean or Sub-Dean, to serve for a term of three years from the date of election. No person, after the completion of two successive terms, shall be eligible for election to such office until one year following the termination of a second successive term. Any person so elected to the Diocesan Executive Council shall during his term or terms be an ex-officio member of the Deanery Council if he be not a member of said council, and make regular reports to the Deanery Council of Executive Council activities. Any vacancy may be filled for the balance of the term at a regular or special meeting of the Deanery Council called for that purpose.

e) The term of office of any Dean or Sub-Dean shall be one year, and they shall serve until successors are elected and qualified. No person after the completion of three successive terms shall be eligible for election to such office until one year following such third completed term.

f) Each Deanery Council shall have the right of direct approach to the Bishop and Diocesan Executive Council through its representatives on the Diocesan Executive Council with respect to any request for funds or any other matter of concern to the Deanery.

g) Each Deanery Council may elect up to ten additional members with full voice and vote, such members to be communicants in good standing, to serve until the next annual meeting of the Deanery Council. There shall not be more than ten additional members of a deanery council including ex-officio members.

Section 2.

a) Each Deanery Council shall foster cooperation among the member Parishes and Mission Stations, develop such programs as from time to time may be deemed desirable, and carry them out within the limits of such funds as may be locally available or allocated by the Bishop and Diocesan Executive Council, or the Diocesan Convention, and shall periodically evaluate all such programs.

b) The member Parishes and Mission Stations may subscribe funds for the support of the work of the Deanery, provided, however, that such funds shall not be in lieu of payments for the proportionate share of the Budgets of the Diocese, Province and National Church.

Section 3.

a) Each Deanery Council shall hold an annual meeting during February to elect officers, and shall hold a meeting to prepare for the next annual Convention of the Diocese, shall hold regular meetings at such times as it may determine. The Bishop or the Dean may call, and the Dean upon request of 25% of the members shall call a special meeting of the Deanery Council. Notice of the time, place and objects of each meeting shall be given at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting to the Bishop and to each member of the Deanery Council.

b) Each Deanery Council may adopt bylaws, subject to the approval of the Bishop and Diocesan Executive Council, and may constitute such committees as it may deem advisable. The Deanery Council may co-opt persons who are not members thereof for such services as it may deem advisable, including membership on such committees.

c) Whenever the Diocesan Convention, or the Bishop and Diocesan Executive Council, or the Bishop shall refer any matter to the Deanery Council, it shall consider the subject or subjects so referred at its next meeting and report its action and judgment to the Executive Secretary of the Diocese.

d) The Deanery Council shall file such reports as the Bishop and Diocesan Executive Council may require.

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