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The mission of this website is three-fold:

  • To pray for the rejuvenation of the traditional ministry of deacons, male and female, so that it can respond to the many needs and demands of today’s world. 
  • To educate about the rich historical tradition of the ministry and theology of the diaconate in the Orthodox Church.
  • To encourage—with the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit—public engagement among God’s people about the diaconal ministry, so that deacons may help meet the necessities of the church and may better serve with faithful hierarchs, presbyters and laity in the sacred task of “building up of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians  4:12)



The individuals on the Honorary Committee and Board of Directors of are not advocating for the ordination of women to the priesthood or the episcopacy.  They adhere strictly to the vision unanimously proclaimed by the delegates and participants at the historic 1988 Inter-Orthodox Symposium convened by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople held in Rhodes, Greece, that one “diaconate in general (male as well as female)  [be] restored in all places in its original, manifold services (diakoniai) with extension into the social sphere, in the spirit of the ancient tradition and in response to the increasing specific needs of our time.” 

 [The Place of Women in the Orthodox Church and the Question of the Ordination of Women (Ecumenical Patriarchate, Istanbul, 1988) monograph 10.]  

The Rhodes symposium  in 1988 was convened as the result of a proposal initiated in Chambesy, Switzerland (1986) at the Third Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, one of the series of meetings in preparation for the forthcoming “Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church.”