Women, The Diaconate, and the Future of Ministry

To register, please click here.

Please send and queries to events.usmctheology@utoronto.ca.

Admission is free for the keynote lecture on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. by Dr. Phyllis Zagano. The lecture takes place in Sam Sorbara Hall, at 70 St. Mary St.

Study Day events take place on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. in the Coop (the north end of Brennan Hall) ollowed by Vespers in Loretto College Chapel. The ticket price for students and the unwaged is $11.20, including admin fees, while general admission is $43.00

Optional banquet to follow. Banquet tickets are $53.60, including admin fees.

All events will be held in Brennan Hall, 81 St. Mary St., Toronto


2016 USMC Senior Common Room Map



Papers and Related Materials: Password available upon registration

  1. New Testament Texts and their Patristic Commentators
  2. Secondary Sources History of Women Deacons
  3. History of Women Deacons
  4. Deaconesses in the Byzantine Tradition
  5. Restoring Order: Questions for Discerning the Future of Women’s Diaconal Ministry
  6. Women Deacons and Sacramental Symbolism
  7. Divine Accommodation and the Hermeneutic of Enculturation
  1. Tentative Schedule:
Time Event
7pm Public Lecture

Admission Free

Phyllis Zagano

8.30 Reception
8.30am Coffee and Pastries
9.00 Session I: The Pastoral Context

Thomas O’Meara, OP

Michael Higgins

10.15 Coffee Break
10.45 Session II: The Biblical Resources

Colleen Shantz

Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ

12.00 Lunch
1.30 Session III: Historical Sources

Gary Macy

Brian Butcher

2.45 Coffee Break

Catherine Clifford

Phyllis Zagano

4.30 Break
5.00 Panel Discussion

Panellists include:

Rev. Brian Clough
Sr. Mary Ellen Sheehan, IHM
Shelagh Peterson
Maria Karajovanova
Deacon Steve Barringer

6.00 Break
6.30 Vespers Service
7.15 Banquet