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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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Primarily a top-down approach (emails and a reminder phone call directly to each diocese diaconate program director) was used to recruit a large national sample size representative of varied regions.
For much of Anglican history, the diaconate was seen simply as a step toward priesthood, but more recently it has been championed as a distinct ministry in its own right--one especially directed toward "those living at the margins of systems and society," as the report puts it.
The publication of Vagaggini's work appears to be designed to reinvigorate discussion on the possibility of ordaining women to the diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church.
In 1846, William Alfred Passavant, pastor of First Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, visited Kaiserswerth, where he became convinced that American churches should establish the same type of female diaconate he observed there.
of the Sacred Orders of the Diaconate, the Priesthood, and the Episcopacy is the imposition of hands; and that the form, and the only form, is the words which determine the application of this matter.
A couple of friends of mine were ordained to the Diaconate this year.
Telling the intriguing story of Quander's diagnosis of diabetes shortly before his sixth birthday, and his dedicated and courageous pursuit to live a fulfilled and purposeful life, The Quander Quality is the inspirational and deeply personal history of how Quander eventually became on of the sixteen men ordained in the United States when the Permanent Diaconate was revived after an eight-hundred-year hiatus.
Ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood of homosexual men or men with homosexual tendencies is absolutely inadvisable and imprudent and, from the pastoral point of view, very risky.
And next weekend the bishop [correct] will revive an ancient diaconate tradition, when he ordains four permanent deacons.
However, the Aga Khan-owned filly was swallowed up in the last few strides by her stablemate Babacora, who finished well under Fran Berry to win by a head and a short head from Diaconate and Kinane's mount.
Despite the energy devoted by American and Western European church historians and theologians to the question of the ordination of women in early Christianity (2) and in the (western) medieval Christian Church, (3) these scholars have shown comparatively little interest toward the female diaconate in the Byzantine Church, (4) even when comparative analysis could potentially help elucidate questions regarding the theology and practice of women's ordinations in the West.