• AnnMarie Mecera

    AnnMarie Mecera

    President of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess

    AnnMarie Mecera is the President of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess. She became passionate about the female diaconate after researching the topic for a paper she presented at the University of Leeds in 1998 and years of involvement in the Orthodox Church.

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Women in the Church

Towards a Reasoned and Respectful Conversation About Deaconesses

The St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess advocates for the reinstitution of the ordained order of deaconesses for the benefit of the Orthodox Church today. We also appreciate that this is a significant issue that prompts a range of opinions, and we consider it to be part of our work to promote empirically grounded conversation.[1]...

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Women in the Church

A Dialogue on the Mission of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess

ελληνικά  |  ру́сский These essays are part of a series on the diaconate in the Orthodox Church derived from talks delivered at the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess “Renewing the Male and Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church Conference” in Irvine, California in October 2... Read more.