The United Methodist Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner welcomed 15 new deaconesses and 2 deaconesses transferring their relationship to the United States from the Philippines in a virtual service of welcome and dedication on May 3, 2021.
The candidates who were welcomed to the Order on May 3 had met every requirement to be deaconesses and home missioners.
Originally, these deaconesses were to be consecrated in-person at General Conference in September, which had been postponed from 2020. While everyone would have loved to together in-person, our virtual service allowed guests who would not have been able to travel to General Conference to be included. Each candidate shared their name, location, and ministry. Several who are already deaconesses created videos of welcome, which were shared as a part of the service, and that added an extra layer of love and support for these individuals.
Congratulations to the following Deaconesses!
Maria Capezio Crookes
Ruth Serquina (Transferring)
Imelda De Los Santos (Transferring)
Western North Carolina