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St. Catherine Institute, St. Phoebe Center to cosponsor conference on female diaconate November 3

GLENVIEW, IL [St. Catherine Institute] — Thirty years ago, an International Orthodox Consultation convened by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios I to examine the role of women in the Orthodox Church concluded with a call for the revival of the female diaconate.

St Catherine Institute St Phoebe Center to cosponsor conference on female diaconate November 3A conference on this topic will be sponsored by The Saint Catherine Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, a local group of Chicago area educators that promotes Orthodox educational programs, and The Saint Phoebe Center for the Deaconess, which promotes education and reasoned discourse about the history and revival of the female diaconate.

The conference will take place at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. on November 3, 2018.  The afternoon event will include an opening lecture discussing the state of the question of the female diaconate in the Orthodox Church, given by Teva Regule, Ph.D., and a panel discussion about aspects of diaconal ministry with Randa Anderson, Ph.D., Carrie Frederick Frost, Ph.D. and Deacon Perry Hamalis, Ph.D.

The conference is free and open to the public.

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