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Application Information

Specific requirements for women seeking a vocation as Deaconess are available in Canon 22 of the REC Constitution and Canons. Further information is available in the Handbook for The Order of Deaconesses (PDF). A summary of the process is as follows:

A woman who is a communicant member of a parish in the Reformed Episcopal Church and who has attained the age of twenty-three, who desires reception as Candidate for the office of Deaconess shall submit to the Bishop of the Diocese or Missionary Diocese the following:

  • A formal application for Candidacy submitted to the Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese (Download application form - PDF)

  • A letter of recommendation from the Rector or Minister in Charge of the parish she attends, to include a declaration that she is a communicant of the Church in good standing

  • Letters of recommendation from two women communicants of the parish

  • Evidence that she is a graduate of a four-year institution of higher learning. Any Candidate who does not meet this requirement shall have attained the age of thirty-five years, and must provide evidence to the Board of Examining Chaplains that she possesses the intellectual ability to enter with advantage upon a course of study preparatory to being Set Apart

Upon acceptance as a Candidate, the following requirements must be met before the Candidate may be Set Apart:

  • An eighteen-month Candidacy period that includes a nine-month internship under the supervision of a presbyter

  • Formal or informal training in Bible and theology
    Note: A Deaconess Studies program is available through Cranmer Theological House, and many of the Cranmer House courses are available for distance learning through the External Studies Program.

  • Quarterly reporting to and supervision by the Bishop to which the application was made

  • Successful completion of the Deaconess examination

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