Resources

Used with permission from the Convent of Saint Elizabeth www.conventofsaintelizabeth.org

 

 

Websites

In Communion
Orthodox Deacons
Women Deacons
Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries

 

 

 

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Appeals for Restoration of the Diaconate for Women

A Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess
Addressed to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and the Secretariat of the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church

Calls for the Rejuvenation of the Female Diaconate in the Modern Era

Appeal by The Fellowship of St. John the Baptist, Oxford, England, 2006 (document download)

Conclusions of the InterOrthodox Consultation on the Place of the Woman in the Orthodox Church and the Question of the Ordination of Women (document download)
Rhodes, Greece, 1988
Published by Light & Life Publishing Company, 1990

An Orthodox Diaconate for Women? (document download)
Letter to Patriarch Bartholomew written by Paris theologians. Published in Sobornost 23:1, 2001

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Articles & Letters

St. Elizabeth the New Martyr, Fr. Ted’s blog, Meditations of an Orthodox Priest

Not a Novelty: The Eastern Orthodox Case for Deaconesses, Carrie Frederick Frost
Commonweal Magazine

Narthex of the Deaconesses in the Hagia Sophia, Neil K. Moran

The Place of the Woman in the Orthodox Church and the Question of the Ordination of Women
(document download)

Theodorou, Evangelos.  “The Institution of Deaconesses in the Orthodox Church and the Possibility of its Restoration.” Trans. Rev. V. Rev. Prof. Stanley Harakas.   In The Place of the Woman in the Orthodox Church and The Question of the Ordination of Women.  Ed. Rev. Gennadios Limouris. 1st ed.  Katerini, Greece: Ecumenical Patriarchate–Tertios Publications, 1992, pp.  207-208.   (A collective volume of proceedings of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Inter-Orthodox Theological Symposium, Rhodes, Greece, 30 October – 7 November 1988.)

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Hosts International Conference for Orthodox Women

Female Deacons in the Byzantine Church, Valerie Karras

The Deaconess: Meeting Her in the 21st Century, Teva Regule (document download)

The Diaconate in Liturgy and Life, Teva Regule (document download)

Liturgy as Relationship, Teva Regule (document download)

Liturgy of our Lives, Teva Regule (document download)

A Nearly Forgotten History: Women Deacons in the Armenian Church, Knarik Meneshian
The Armenian Weekly

Newness of Spirit: The Ordination of Men and Women, Maria Gywn McDowell

The Meaning of the Diaconate in the Orthodox Church, FAQs from
the website OrthodoxDeacons.org

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Women, Menstruation & Holy Communion

Women & the Canons of the Church, Teva Regule (M.Div; PhD, cand)

Holy Communion & Menstruation, Fr. Ted’s Blog

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 Books

Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church:  Called to Holiness and Ministry, Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, Brookline, MA:  Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1999. (Currently available from Amazon.com)

Ordination of Women to the Diaconate in the Eastern Churches
Essays by Cipriano Vagaggini, Edited by Phyllis Zagano, 2014, Liturgical Press
ebook is just $2.99

Remembering and Reclaiming Diakonia: The Diaconate Yesterday and Today
John Chryssavgis, Holy Cross Bookstore

“Here exactly is the book that we have long needed to help us rethink the ministry of the deacon in the contemporary Church. Scholarly yet accessible, it draws on the past to illuminate the future. It will prove of great interest not only to members of the Orthodox Church but to many in other Christian traditions. In an imaginative and moving way, the author draws on his personal experience of twenty-five years in the diaconate.”
+ Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, Oxford University

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Videos

“The Deaconess in the Orthodox Church” presented by St. Phoebe Center Board Member Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos.

Access PowerPoint presentation here.

 

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