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logoAbout the Anglican Deaconess Association

Our Mission is to bring Anglican Deaconesses together in fellowship, education, spiritual support, and worship.

Our Purpose is to encourage the growth and proper understanding of the Order of Deaconesses through

  • witness and instruction,

  • offering support and mentoring during the formation process of future Deaconesses,

  • coordinating conferences, educational opportunities, and retreats,

  • creating resources to support the work and spiritual life of Deaconesses, and

  • providing a structure that fosters communication and mutual support.

We affirm the following Lambeth resolutions:

  • The Order of Deaconesses is for women the one and only order of the ministry which has the stamp of apostolic approval, and is for women the only order of the ministry which we can recommend that our branch of the Catholic Church should recognise and use. (Lambeth 1920, resolution 48)

  • The deaconess dedicates herself to a life-long service, but no vow or implied promise of celibacy should be required as necessary for admission to the order. (Lambeth 1930, resolution 69)

  • The deaconess order is modeled on the diakonia “of the primitive rather than of the modern diaconate of men.” (Lambeth 1920, resolution 49 and Lambeth 1930, resolution 69)

We are affiliated with The Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas.

Our Patron is the Rt Rev Royal U. Grote, Jr., Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Mid-America, The Reformed Episcopal Church.

For more information, email Dss. Annette Johnson at info@recdss.org


Learn more about the Anglican Deaconess Association by viewing our brochure (PDF)

List of Jurisdictions represented in the Anglican Deaconess Association

Cranmer Theological House offers the Master of Arts in Religion, with a concentration in Deaconess Studies.

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