School for Deacons Commencement

School for Deacons Commencement

by the Rev. Susan M. Reeve, St. Brigid’s, Rio Vista

The Annual Commencement of the School for Deacons was held in the Denniston Refectory at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific on Sunday afternoon May 18, 2014. The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner and several deacons from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, along with the numerous students of this diocese who are attending the School for Deacons, gathered to rejoice as the five students of the Class of 2014 graduated. From this diocese, Kathryn Wallace graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Diaconal Studies. God willing, Kathryn will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on June 14, 2014 at Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento. Kathryn is pictured here (at center) with the entire class before their graduation.

I was inspired by the words of the preacher, the Rev. Deacon Annette Rankin. The Rev. Annette teaches at the School for Deacons, is employed as a psychotherapist and serves at the Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley. I quote her sermon with her permission:

“The rigors of the long road from call to ordination are always complex, often mysterious, and sometimes awe-inspiring, but the spirit which pervades the call is constant: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor'.​... You've stood in your dark places and told us your truths; you've stood in the dark places of the world and called us to witness. Take all of this with you as you go, and like the prophets, use it for those who need it most and ask for it least.” 

The service used was An Order of Worship for the Evening (see BCP pages 108-114 for the form of this lovely service). The officiant was the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus bishop of the Diocese of California. After the service we all enjoyed the refreshments in St. Margaret’s Courtyard.

Go well, graduates, especially our Kathryn, pictured here with me and Bishop Beisner.



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