By the grace of God, St. Mary and St. Phoebe Consecrated Sisters began in October 2006, when two sisters came from Egypt to serve in the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States. Now, there are Consecrated Sisters serving in Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.
What is the life of a consecrated sister like?
Consecrated Sisters take 4 vows: Poverty, Chastity, Obedience, and Service. To read more about each vow, use the links below.
Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for gain;
they must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
And let them also be tested first; then if they prove themselves blameless let them serve as deacons.
The women likewise must be serious, no slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things.
(1 Tim 3:8-11)
Some have thought that this is said of women generally, but it is not so,
for why should he introduce anything about women to interfere with his subject?
He is speaking of those who hold the rank of Deaconesses.
(St. John Chrysostom, Commentary on 1 Timothy, Homily 11)
St. Mary Magdalene
Hail to her who preached
the resurrection of the Lord
to the disciples;
Hail to her who was ordained a deaconess by the apostles.
(Doxology for St. Mary Magdalene)