Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

Interested in Becoming a Deacon?

The Role of a Deacon

Deacons work as a link between the Church and the world. They discern people's needs, hopes, and concerns and empower faith communities to respond. They regularly move between the church and the communities they serve, speaking the truth in love, and encouraging the sacred and broken to enter into relationship with each other.

Bishop Mariann has made the work of deacons a priority in the diocese. Deacons are deployed from the bishop's office to develop collaborative ministries at the parishes they serve. They are network builders--linking neighborhoods to local parishes in order to grow faith communities. At services, deacons assist bishops and priests in the liturgy by reading the gospel, inviting the confession, setting the altar for Eucharist and offering the dismissal. Deacons in the diocese are led by Archdeacon Sue von Rautenkranz.

More information on deacons can be found in the Commission on Ministry's statement on the diaconate (en Español) or in Canon 6 and 7 of The Episcopal Church (en Español).

Becoming a Deacon

If you feel you may be called to the diaconate, the process begins with speaking to your parish leaders. They support you throughout the process and will help guide you in exploring your call to ministry. Please also read the steps to being ordained a deacon  (en Español) for detailed information on discerning your call and the deacon school process. Sue von Rautenkranz can also answer any questions you may have.


Contact: The Ven. L. Sue von Rautenkranz