About Phoebe Academy
Mercy begins and ends with God. Set free from sin through the blood of Christ, the Holy Spirit drives us into the homes and lives of our neighbors to serve through mercy. Our Lord’s call to the Church still rings true, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)
In the history of the Church, deaconesses have proved indispensable. In the early Church they were able to engage a hostile world through ministry to women, children, the poor, slaves and the sick. Our contemporary circumstances cry out for deaconesses, through whom the Church can engage the secular age with a concrete, incarnate and public ministry of mercy and charity.
Deaconesses embody God’s mercy by promoting the bonds of love within the fellowship of the Church. They give concrete expression to the love of Christ in their service to the sick, the elderly, the weak and the community as a whole.
Phoebe Academy provides an opportunity for high school women to explore the vocation of deaconess in the Church from a theological perspective. The event teaches what preparation for service within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod entails. Attendees are given the opportunity to learn how women can serve our neighbors both within and outside the Church.
|7:00 p.m.||Welcome Reception|
|11:00 p.m.||In Dorm for the Night|
|4:00 p.m.||Work in Co-op|
|7:00 p.m.||Fireside Chat|
|10:00 p.m.||In Dorm for the Night|
|8:30 a.m.||Meet a Deaconess|
|11:00 a.m.||Bible Study|
|1:00 p.m.||Leave for Servant Event|
|6:15 p.m.||Confession and Absolution|
|11:00 p.m.||In Dorm for the Night|
|After Divine Service||Lunch at the Seminary|
Phoebe Academy—High School
Concordia Theological Seminary
6600 N. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Rev. Matthew Wietfeldt
Christ/ Phoebe Academy Director
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Should Attend?
Young women in grades nine to twelve. Mothers or female guardians are welcome.
Why Should I Attend?
Ladies interested in PAHS come for clarity of direction, for a better understanding of the role of deaconesses in the Church and for lasting friendships with Lutheran peers. Please bring your own Bible to assist you with the studies.
Where Will I Stay?
You will stay in dorm rooms on the Seminary campus. You and your mother/guardian, if she attends, will share a room. Each room has two closets, two chairs and two beds. Bedding and towels will be provided. There will be a common bathroom shared by all attendees, so please bring your own toiletries and a bathrobe for your comfort.
Where Will I Eat?
Attendees will eat all their meals in Katherine Luther Dining Hall on the Seminary campus.
What is the Cost?
$100 covers room, board and the weekend event for the participant. Mother or guardian attends at no extra cost. Ask your pastor if congregational support may be available for you to attend this event. Payment may be sent with your registration or, for credit card payment, you may call 800-481-2155.
- Explore God’s Word on mercy and what it means for us today.
- Develop friendships with like-minded women that can last a lifetime
- Meet deaconesses who are serving in the Church, learn what they do and how they are trained to serve.
- Meeting your sisters in Christ who are interested in serving the Church as a deaconess
- Housing on campus
- All meals in Katherine Luther Dining Hall
- Time for questions with current seminarians, pastors and deaconesses
- A complementary Phoebe Academy High School shirt
- A one-of-a-kind experience of seminary life in worship, classes and community
What others are saying
“I really enjoyed the evening chats after the events, the ‘dorm-room’ theology, as well as getting to know the professors.”
“The most memorable experience for me was being able to meet the professors and having time to wrestle with theological questions.”
“I would recommend that anyone go no matter their degree of interest in the Deaconess Program. It is an amazing experience. I felt so welcome. CTSFW is an amazing place that I hope to attend if at all possible.”