I think this characterization is off-base. It's not that the chaste are pure of the passions. The chaste experience the passions, probably more than others, yet choose to limit them to certain forms or to confine them. E.g., A passion for the flesh would be made a passion of/for the spirit. Sublimation? (As Monk Isaiah wrote to Nun Theodora: “The Holy Spirit is for everyone; but in those who are pure of the passions, who are chaste and live in stillness and silence, He reveals special powers.”)
St. Phoebe the Deaconess. In the early Chuch there were women deacons. However, they were limited to that role and were not allowed in the priesthood. The reason for the deaconesses: it was considered improper for males to be physically handling women, so deaconesses were commissioned to assist especially in baptism and chrismation. While there are no liturgically recognized female deacons in the Orthodox Church in the USA, there are some in Japan, Russia and Greece.
St Tatiana was a Christian martyr in 3rd-cen. She was a deaconess of the early church. Ulpian captured Tatiana and attempted to force her to make a sacrifice to Apollo. She prayed & miraculously, an earthquake destroyed the Apollo statue and part of the temple. Tatiana was then blinded & beaten for two days, before being brought thrown into the pit with a hungry lion. But the lion did not touch her & was later beheaded with a sword
Elizabeth Catherine Ferard (22 February 1825- 18 April 1883) was a Deaconess credited with revitalizing the deaconess order in the Anglican Communion. She is now remembered in the Calendar of saints in some parts of the Anglican Communion on either 3 or 18 July.