Application Procedure

Specific requirements for women seeking a vocation as a Deaconess in the REC are delineated in Canon 22 of the REC Constitution and Canons. Further information is available in the Handbook for the Order of Deaconesses. 

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 (Application Form [updated September 2020] 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 used in the Candidate’s diocese