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Deaconesses at Work and Worship

We welcome our three newest Anglican Deaconesses in the United States. Pictured below are Dss. Paula Rose and Sister Sarah Masterson, OSF, who were Set Apart on April 9, 2016, as the first deaconesses of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints (ACNA).

 

Pictured below is Dss. Karen Pierpoint, who was Set Apart in the Diocese of Mid-America (REC-ACNA) on February 25, 2016, and her husband The Rev. Randall Pierpoint.

 


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[The office of deaconess] opened to pious women and virgins, and chiefly to widows, a most suitable field for the regular official exercise of their peculiar gifts of self-denying charity and devotion to the welfare of the church. Through it they could carry the light and comfort of the gospel into the most private and delicate relations of domestic life, without at all overstepping their natural sphere. Paul mentions Phoebe as a deaconess of the church of Cenchreae, the port of Corinth, and it is more than probable that Prisca (Priscilla), Mary, Tryphaena, Tryphosa, and Persis, whom he commends for their labor in the Lord, served in the same capacity at Rome. (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Volume 1)