Alice Erickson

Alice Erickson

Deaconess
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Deaconess
The Apostle Paul mentions a Christian woman by the name of “Phoebe” in his Epistle to the Romans verses 16: 1-2, she is thought to be the first Deaconess. Paul refers to her both as a (in the Greek “diakonon”) or “Deacon” and as a helper or patron of many.
In the Church, deaconesses have a number of different duties, including preparing the communion elements, assisting with baptismal preparations and counseling or mentoring young women in the church and the community. Deaconesses also provide comfort to those in mourning.