Diocesan Book Study

hosted by the Commission on Ministry


Many Servants:

An Introduction to Deacons

by Ormand Plater


So, what exactly are deacons, and what exactly do they do? If you have ever wondered this, join people from throughout our diocese (and beyond) to learn about and discuss the nature of deacons and their work, diaconal spirituality and temperament, but also the history of the diaconate and its importance today. Using Ormond Plater’s book, Many Servants, as the focus of the presentations and conversations, we will explore the diaconate and how this ancient order’s gift are fundamental to the expression of Church and the representation of Christ to the world.


We will meet via Zoom at 6.30pm for four Wednesdays beginning September 8. Each session will consist of presentations, discussion, and questions, and will last roughly one hour.



Wednesday, September 8:

Deacons in the Early Church (pages 1-29)

Guest presenter: The Rev’d Dcn Carolyn Woodall,

Parish Deacon at St. Anne’s Stockton


Wednesday, September 15:

Deacons in the Episcopal Church & in Other Churches

(pages 30-80)

Guest presenter: Mr. Roderick B. Dugliss,

Dean of the School for Deacons


Wednesday, September 22:

Deacons in Discernment (pages 81-115)

Guest presenter: The Rev’d Dcn Teri Van Huss,

Parish Deacon at St. John’s, Tulare


Wednesday, September 29:

Deacons in the World (pages 117-164)

Guest presenter: The Rev’d Dcn Stephen Bentley,

Parish Deacon at St. John’s, Stockton


Be sure to get yourself a copy of the book (it’s available in e-book form as well as in hard copy). Your understanding and enjoyment will be enhanced if you have read the indicated pages before each meeting.


Contact Fr. Luis Rodriguez via email to have the Zoom link sent to you, or if you have any questions.