In honor of its tenth anniversary, the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess is holding an in-person symposium November 10-12 at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology/Hellenic College in Brookline, MA. The mission of the St. Phoebe Center is to educate and prayerfully advocate for the revival of the ordained female diaconate to help serve the ministerial needs of the Orthodox Church and the world today. The symposium, “Deaconesses for the Orthodox Church Today,” will acknowledge the history of the deaconess in the Christian East and the need for women in diaconal ministry today, and will primarily consider the pragmatics of how the Orthodox Church might welcome women into the diaconate once again. Attention will be given to ways all Orthodox Christians might constructively help the Church to move forward on ordaining deaconesses to build up the Body of Christ.
Learn more at orthodoxdeaconess.org
Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost is an Orthodox Christian theologian who teaches at Western Washington University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She is the author of the recent book on women in the Orthodox Church *Church of Our Granddaughters *(Cascade, 2023)*, *and is Book Reviews Editor for *Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies. *She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is the mother of five and the grandmother of one. She is Chair of the Board of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess.
Dr. Cary J. Limberakis is the Archon Regional Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Greater Philadelphia Region. He is a steward of the St. Sophia, Saints Faith, Hope and Agape Greek Orthodox Church in Jeffersonville, PA, and the St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA. He has been a member of the Parish Council at both parishes, President at St. Luke, served on the Metropolis of New Jersey Metropolitan Council. Dr. Limberakis received a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from Villanova University, and a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Limberakis and his wife Alexis have four children and three grandchildren. His daughter, Kyra, was a former member of the St. Phoebe Center board.
Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos received an M.A. in Theological Studies from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is currently adjunct professor at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology in Libertyville, IL, and has also been a Lecturer at Loyola University Chicago. She is a board member and secretary of both the Orthodox Theological Association in America (OTSA) and the St. Phoebe Center but regrets she will not be present at the symposium under discussion today due to a recent injury.