After extensive consultation among the auxiliary bishops, vicars forane, college of consultors, members of the presbyteral council, priests, administrative staff and cabinet, Cardinal Dolan issued a Decree on the Reorganization of the Deaneries in the Archdiocese of New York Oct. 1.
The new deaneries were made public on the archdiocesan website, and published in the Oct. 21 issue of Catholic New York.
The deans, who were appointed to a three-year term, effective Nov. 1, are:
Father Edward W. Bader, VF, Sullivan County
Msgr. William J. Belford, VF, Staten Island
Msgr. Donald M. Dwyer, VF, Lower Westchester
Msgr. Joseph R. Giandurco, VF, Upper Westchester
Msgr. John K. Graham, VF, Bronx East
Father Joseph M. McLafferty, VF, Dutchess and Putnam Counties
Father Peter Mushi, A.J., VF, Manhattan North
Msgr. Kevin J. Nelan, VF, Manhattan South
Msgr. Emmet R. Nevin, VF, Rockland County
Father Dennis A. Nikolic, VF, Orange County
Msgr. Desmond G. O’Connor, VF, Ulster County
Father Enrique F. Salvo, VF, Bronx West
The letters VF after the names of the deans stand for Vicar Forane, which is a priest in charge of a subdivision of an archdiocese. Additionally, all of the deans are serving as pastors of parishes in the archdiocese.