Deaconess Training Programs

Each candidate should consult her Rector and her Deaconess mentor (if one is assigned) to determine the best options for preparing to take the Deaconess Exam. Factors to consider are the candidate’s prior education and her knowledge of Anglican faith and practice. The following are the formal options for Deaconess Studies offered by the Reformed Episcopal Church.

Cranmer Theological House (CTH)

A seminary of the REC Diocese of Mid-America, CTH offers a Deaconess Certificate and a Deaconess Studies concentration for the Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) degree. Many of the required courses are offered online.

Reformed Episcopal Seminary (RES)

RES, a seminary of the REC Diocese of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, offers a Licentiate in Diaconal Ministry that is designed to provide the training that deacons and deaconesses need in order to serve the church most effectively. Read more on the list of programs on the RES website.

Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary (CMTS)

Contact CMTS, in the REC Diocese of the Southeast, to learn more about options for Deaconess Studies.

Please note: that the Deaconess candidacy process is separate from the seminary application process. A seminary degree is not required for candidacy, nor does completion of a seminary program guarantee that a woman will be Set Apart.

Dss Jill Nowell and The Most Rev. Ray Sutton