Since there was no liturgical reason for the bishop to give the chalice to the deaconess, FitzGerald, Women Deacons, 102, cites a Swedish scholar named Brodd who suggests that it may have been a relic of an earlier practice of deaconesses
distributing the Eucharist at the liturgy.
He himself was known to favour women's ordination and at one point seemed prepared to introduce deaconesses
into his diocese.
The commission observed that the deaconesses
mentioned in the tradition of the early church cannot simply be assimilated to ordained deacons," he says.
Byzantine writings evidence the ordination of women well into the Middle Ages, with some deaconesses
serving in monasteries as late as the 11th century.
We're developing our own course, because we can get a lot of information from the deaconesses
There is also more discussion of the relationship between church offices and the roles of women as widows, deaconesses
, and leaders of ascetic communities.
It was soon surrounded by auxiliary institutions, and the deaconesses
he trained proved to be significant workers in society in general and also during Germany's wars.
Baptist history is filled with arguments for and against women deacons and deaconesses
and their ordination.
The commission notes that deaconesses
in the early tradition of the Church cannot be compared to ordained deacons.
Here Loehe saw a necessary and important ecclesial responsibility: he wanted to prepare these women as deaconesses
for "a female Christian service of charity" (7) toward those in need of care, i.
Another development from the circle of women around Christ was that of deaconesses
, women engaged in a consecrated way of life, but not ordained, as some people think today.
, including Kristin Wassalik, director of Deaconess Program, Concordia University; Lisa Molotla, Immanuel, Des Plaines; Rogene Lis, Trinity, Roselle; and Dianna Bonfield, Lutheran Church Charities volunteer coordinator, joined O'Day for her installation and the pinning ceremony.