But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
In the history of the Church, deaconesses have proved indispensable. In the early Church they were able to engage a hostile world by their service to women, children, slaves, those in poverty, the aged, and the infirm. Our contemporary circumstances continue to cry out for deaconesses, through whom the Church can engage the secular age with a concrete, incarnate, and public ministry of mercy and charity. Theologically trained both in the classroom and in the field, the deaconesses who graduate from this program go out into the world to serve alongside pastors, using their skills to embody Christ’s care in the midst of suffering, and to point those in need back to the church where they may receive Christ’s gifts through the means of grace. Deaconesses serve across a variety of settings, from congregations and health, educational, and military institutions to mission work both here and abroad.
Who is a Deaconess?