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A ministry in Chicago (www.8thdaycenter.org) 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?

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.

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.

Another one with the draped braids like like to do. I'm really interesting on what's going on in with the loose hair too the side too. Maybe a really loose braid on curly hair, but the braid seems to start above the circlet. I need to get some more angles.

Mary Magdalene by Walwyn on Flickr ~ Gloucester Cathedral

William Adolphe Bouguereau (1869) Prayer At Sainte-Anne-d'Auray

Silent prayer / Stilles Gebet A female figure on one of the older graves at the main cemetery in Frankfurt

St. Olympias -- stood by her friend, St. John Chrysostom, even when she became collateral damage and lost her convent.

St. Esther - 20th. c - English - (1ES10) - Uncut Mountain Supply. Reminds me of my Sister-in-Law

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.