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Bishop Burbidge Announces Appointment of Eight Deans

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After reviewing recommendations, conducting appropriate discussions and prayerful discernment, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has announced the appointment of three new Deans and the re-appointment of five current Deans, effective September 1, 2011.

New Deans appointed to a four-year term:

  • New Bern – Very Reverend Gregory D. Spencer, Pastor of Annunciation Church, Havelock
  • Piedmont – Very Reverend William J. Upah, Pastor of St. James Church, Henderson
  • Raleigh – Very Reverend Mark G. Reamer, O.F.M., Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Raleigh


Deans reappointed for a new four-year term:

  • Albemarle – Very Reverend James J. Buchholz, VF, Pastor of Holy Family Church, Elizabeth City
  • Cape Fear – Very Reverend Marcos Leon-Angulo, VF, Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Whiteville
  • Fayetteville – Reverend Monsignor Jeffrey A. Ingham, FV, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, Southern Pines
  • Newton Grove - Very Reverend James F. Garneau, VF, Pastor of St. Mary of the Angels, Mount Olive
  • Tar River – Very Reverend Justin Kerber, C. P., VF, Pastor of St. Peter Church, Greenville


A Dean (Vicar Forane) is appointed by the Diocesan Bishop to provide assistance to the Bishop and to be his presence among the faithful in a specific geographic region (Deaneries) of the Diocese. The Diocese of Raleigh has eight Deaneries.

Bishop Burbidge expressed his deep appreciation and gratitude to the following for their service as Deans:  Reverend John J. Forbes (Raleigh Deanery), Reverend Ernest J. Ruede (New Bern Deanery), and Reverend Robert Benko, O.F.M., Conv. (Piedmont Deanery).