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Sister Priscilla, the Last Deaconess, Still Active at 87

Referring to the friends of St. Paul, she joked “Phoebe and Lydia were in the class before me.”

Unlocking the History of the Deaconesses

The first six Episcopal deaconesses nursed wounded soldiers in Maryland during the Civil War.

Deacons Play Evolving Role

Prior to 1960, the diaconate functioned largely as a terminal ministry for women and a long-term holding pattern for racial minorities. After the mid-60s, deacons were reframed as having a role representing Christ in a way that functionary priests do not.

Fund Offers Support Grants For Deacons in Need

The Fund for the Diaconate has launched an emergency assistance grant program to support deacons in financial distress. More than half are over 72, in the most vulnerable age category for impact by COVID-19.


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