deaconess


Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

dea·con·ess

 (dē′kə-nĭs)
n.
1. A laywoman serving as assistant to a Protestant minister.
2. Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a woman: Deaconess Brown.

deaconess

(ˈdiːkənɪs)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity (in the early church and in some modern Churches) a female member of the laity with duties similar to those of a deacon

dea•con•ess

(ˈdi kə nɪs)

n.
(in certain Protestant churches) a woman belonging to an order dedicated to social services.
[1530–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deaconess - a woman deacon
deacon, Protestant deacon - a Protestant layman who assists the minister
Translations

deaconess

[ˈdiːkənes] Ndiaconisa f

deaconess

nDiakonin f; (= elder)Kirchenälteste f

deaconess

[ˈdiːkənɛs] ndiaconessa
References in periodicals archive ?
OKLAHOMA CITY An eight-figure capital investment by Ohio-based Deaconess Associations Inc.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center won the National Non-profit Organization Partner of the Year award for reported the best overall improvement in waste prevention and recycling activities when compared to the previous year for the Non-Profit category.
19, Deaconess Kathy O'Day was officially commissioned and installed as a deaconess within her position as director of Disaster Response at Lutheran Church Charities.
The debate over deaconesses in the Latin Church has continuously stumbled over ambiguities of terminology, particularly over the words for deaconess (diaconissa) and ordination (ordo, ordinare, ordinatio, etc.
Presently, the new member of the Board serves as a physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.
His presentation yields diverse perspectives on the classification of the deaconess with one consistent element: an older woman can receive diaconal ordination.
How can the interpretation in the canonical sources that the deaconess, as a symbol of the Holy Spirit, held a higher position even than that of the presbyters, who were considered symbols of the apostles, affect the possibility of upgrading the status of women in relation to the theological legitimacy of their participation in the diaconal sacramental priesthood?
It says that ''out of an abundance of caution'' the center immediately notified authorities, and the patient was securely taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston late Sunday afternoon.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) in partnership with the Helsinki Deaconess Institute this week launched two projects called Empowering Communities for Youth and Community Outreach among the Elderly.
According to the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, Roma from eastern Europe are now bringing their whole families to beg in Finland.
While Wichern concentrated on educating men for Gods service, Pastor Theodore Fliedner of Kaiserswerth, played a major role in reviving the New Testament office of deaconess for Protestant women.
Louis at Deaconess Health System in 1990 in partnership with Gethsemane Lutheran Church in St.