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ORDAIN. To ordain is to make an ordinance, to enact a law.
     2. In the constitution of the United States, the preamble. declares that the people "do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America." The 3d article of the same constitution declares, that "the judicial power shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the congress may from time to time ordain and establish. "See 1 Wheat. R. 304, 324; 4 Wheat: R. 316, 402.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Here is where the problem lies: In many parts of the early church, women and men were ordained as deacons.
The newly ordained deacons and will be assigned to home parishes in: Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Brookfield, Chicago, Cicero, Des Plaines, Glenview, Grayslake, Ingleside, Oak Forest, Orland Park.
The new deacons will serve as curates once they are ordained. They will lead worship and do teaching and pastoral work at their churches.
When a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) church first ordained a woman to ministry in 1964 the practices, processes, and meanings of ordination took new directions.
Zagano said it may not work in every conference to ordain women to the diaconate.
Samantha Foster, of Grove Hill, was to become the youngest woman in the country to be ordained deacon.
Stating that allowing only men for priestly ordination is a divine law, the Holy See issued a decree in 2007 that any woman attempting ordination and any priest trying to ordain a woman will be excommunicated from the church.
Will the church take note of the many liturgies used in the past to ordain women to the diaconate?
Paul Lei Shi-Yin, who was excommunicated by the Vatican in 2011 when he was ordained a bishop without the Pope's approval and in defiance of the Holy Sees instructions of June 29, 2011, has committed a "sacrilege" by ordaining four new priests on June 29, 2012, in southwestern China.
At Wakefield Cathedral on July 3, The Rt Rev Platten will ordain Rev Harry Gwinnett, as Curate of St John the Evangelist, Golcar, Rev Catherine Macpherson as Curate of Mirfield Team Ministry, and Rev Cathy Reardon as Curate of St Thomas, Bradley, St Francis, Fixby, and St Hilda, Cowcliffe.
The Roman Catholic Church continues to refuse to ordain women as priests, leading to a number of traditional Anglicans choosing to convert to Catholicism.