Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A New Order of Deaconesses: Reviving the Ancient Order of Deaconesses in the Modern Catholic Church
by Everhard, Christine, M.Div., Regent University, 2017, 69; 10642054
Abstract (Summary)

This work argues for the restoration of the biblical order of deaconesses in the Catholic Church. These women would be part of an un-ordained order in which they would receive the training necessary to minister to fellow women in ways that ordained clergy cannot. This paper will first explore Scriptural evidence for deaconesses and the role of deaconesses in the early Church. It will then examine the current needs of women through the lens of Pope Francis’ call to deepen the Catholic theology of women. Finally, it will outline a potential training program. In conclusion, the restoration of the order of deaconesses fills a critical need in the Catholic Church by allowing women to serve in accordance with the canonical prohibition of ordained female clergy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Alexander, Kimberly E.
School: Regent University
Department: Divinity
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious history, Canon Law, Theology
Keywords: Catholic, Deaconess, Early church, Ordination, Pope Francis, Theology of women
Publication Number: 10642054
ISBN: 978-0-355-51266-3
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