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DEACON, Eccl. law. A minister or servant in the church whose office, in some churches, is to assist the priest in divine service, and the distribution of the sacrament.

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In 1995, the Anglican Church in the Province of the West Indies voted and agreed on the ordination of women to the deaconate and priesthood.
(12) I here is absolutely no reference to deaconesses here by Loehe or in any literature associated with the handover of the seminary, which is nor surprising because it wasn't until 1853, six years later, that Loehe helped establish the Lutheran Society for the Female Deaconate.
Murder at the Vicarage sees church warden Ian Stiff murdered during a meeting of the deaconate.
He was ordained to the deaconate in 2004 (Old Catholic Church of Switzerland) and to the priesthood in 2005 in the Netherlands.
Though regularly rebuffed and even ridiculed for this stance over the years, Bishop Jean-Guy Hamelin suggested at the Synod on the Laity in 1987 that on behalf of the Canadian bishops some form of deaconate should be explored for women; and Bishop Robert Lebel in 1989 making the point with Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) that since the Vatican was secure in its position, it should not be fearful of bishops promoting research into this question of ordination for women.
The decree added that men who had been clear of "homosexual tendencies" for three years were allowed to join the deaconate, the level before priesthood.
(His use of these last documents was facilitated by the important detective work that Bernard Roussel has carried out for his as yet unfinished new edition of the synodal acts, generously shared with Sunshine.) Successive chapters examine (1) the formation and interrelationship of the provincial and national synods, (2) the emergence of colloquies and disappearance of classes as the characteristic regional institutions linking congregations together, (3) the French Reformed deaconate, and (4) the composition and jurisdiction of the consistory.
Jeannine Olson provides a useful overview of the Calvinist deaconate, its various forms, and its ultimate fate.
In contrast to the Chinese and even -- though to a lesser extent -- the Buginese and the Makassarese, they very seldom, if ever, borrowed money from the orphan chamber or deaconate, Dutch charitable institutions which were an important source of credit.
Floyd Hohman, a farmer and student for the permanent deaconate who lives 50 miles southeast of Toledo, meanwhile developed a rural life ministry project that established relationships between livestock producers and the soup kitchens feeding the hungry.
In each municipality the Protestant churches had a deaconate which was responsible for providing relief for the poor, for the boarding out of children in families, for the admission of orphans to the orphanages and for their livelihood.
3pm Ordinations to the Permanent Deaconate. 5pm Mass.