It’s 30 years since women were first ordained as deacons in the Church of England!

Image result for 1987 ordination of womenArchbishop Robert Runcie ordains the first women deacons in April 1987

Surely an occasion to celebrate.  Some images of deacons around the world to add to our rejoicing.

Image result for african anglican deaconsDeacons in Ovamboland


Related imageArmenian deacons – pioneers indeed


Image result for coptic ordination women deaconsNewly-ordained women deacons of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria



https://www.flickr.com/photos/episcopalflorida/11309076544 by user Episcopal Diocese of Southwest FloridaEpiscopalian deacons, south-west Florida


Related imageAnd Phoebe, of course!