ADM welcomed our deaconesses into our newly-renovated 'garden in the city' for a special morning tea that also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Deaconess Joan Egan.
Following a tour of ADM’s new “garden in the city”, the deaconesses were joined by Kara Hartley (Archdeacon for Women in the Sydney Diocese) to cut a cake for Joan’s anniversary celebration.
“Joan is one of ADM’s pioneering deaconesses,” explained Jacinth Myles, ADM Chaplain for Deaconesses and Retired Female Deacons. “After being ordained in 1957, Joan later trained as a missionary and served in Pakistan, where she ministered to women and children. After returning to Australia and working in churches, she continued to serve on a voluntary basis at Anglicare Retirement Villages for over 20 years.”
At the morning tea, Kerrie Newmarch, ADM’s Director of Church Engagement, thanked all the deaconesses for the pivotal role they have played in the history of Anglican Deaconess Ministries.