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Information about the ministry of deacons and resources for deacons.


Deacons are called by their vows to make Christ's redemptive love known to the poor, the weak, the sick and the lonely (BCP 543). 

Modelling servant ministry in their daily life and work, deacons are icons of servant ministry through their liturgical roles in worship. At all times, by their life and teaching, deacons are to show Christ’s people that in serving others they serve Christ himself. It is also the special responsibility of deacons to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns and hopes of the world. Deacons entrust their gifts to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in order to empower others to name, claim and engage fully the work God gives us all to do.

Bishop's Liaison for the Diaconate

The Bishop's Liaison for the Diaconate in Southern Virginia is the Rev. Sue Reid. A graduate of both Union Theological Seminary in New York City (Master of Sacred Music) and Virginia Theological Seminary (MDiv), Sue has served in many capacities, including as rector of two parishes and as Canon to the Ordinary for Education and Spiritual Development in the Diocese of Indianapolis. She is currently the Chaplain for the Deacons School that we share with the other two Virginia dioceses.


Handbook for Deacons

Association for Episcopal Deacons

The Deacon's School

Becoming a Deacon

The Diaconal Ordination Exploration Program in the Diocese of Southern Virginia accepts applications September 1 through December 31.  Applicants will interview with the Commission on Ministry for postulancy. Those granted postulancy will receive formation and training in The Deacons' School. The school is a joint effort of the Episcopal Dioceses of Southern Virginia, Southwestern Virginia, and Virginia.  During the two year course, classes will meet one weekend per quarter with assignments in between. Click here for more information.

Last Published: January 26, 2018 9:21 AM