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    Lucy Jane Rider Meyer (1849-1922), chemist and early proponent of the Deaconess movement, who did urban ministry and training in Chicago in the early 20th century.


    Mary Magdalene (1445), Rogier van der Weyden 1399/1400 – 1464. This is the left panel of Van der Weyden's Crucifixion triptych. Mary is holding her usual attribute, a jar of ointment. This attribute may be the result of a case of mistaken identities, i.e. the assumption that Mary Magdalene is the Mary who anointed Jesus’ feet. According to John this was a different Mary altogether: Mary of Bethany.

    “It is better to be alone with God. His friendship will not fail me, nor his counsel, nor his love. In his strength, I will dare and dare and dare until I die.” - St. Joan of Arc

    Christ and the Magdalene

    Vila - Any of a class of Slavic dryads, tree-spirits who are exclusively female. They are often vicious and cruel, and have a dire reputation; nevertheless, if one succeeds in approaching a Vila properly, she may be inclined to heal, give advice, reveal treasure, or teach magical and medicinal arts.

    A ministry in Chicago ( invites people to walk the stations of the cross through the busy urban center, stopping to read related Scripture and pray at sites of recent violence, temporary homes of the homeless, and icons of global injustice. A young VocationCARE partner created a postmodern version of this ancient Christian practice. What would it look like in your neighborhood?

    10 Things I Wish I'd Told My Father—The author of the wise and wholly original "Drinking with Men: A Memoir" looks back on life with her dad, who unexpectedly passed away in 2001.

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    St. Phoebe--may have taken Paul's epistle to the Romans. Only woman mentioned by Paul in the address of his letters.

    Meyer--Deaconess Stories | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Just as the deaconess movement began with cutting-edge urban ministries with immigrants, the sick and the poor, deaconesses and home missioners today still engage in emerging and innovative ministries.

    Our Lady of the Night, Sister Marie Pierre Semler (20th century)

    Madonna, Fra Filippo Lippi ~ Italian Early Renaissance painter ~ (1406-1469).

    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.

    Mary Magdalene by Walwyn on Flickr ~ Gloucester Cathedral

    With a faith and a penitence made of stone.


    William Adolphe Bouguereau


    Olympias, the Deaconess. This one's my favorite; her expression is hilarious. Plus, I've noticed a common pattern of eyebrow-expression among deaconesses. They all look perturbed.