Retiring Fund for Deaconesses. Records

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Retiring Fund for Deaconesses. Records


  • 1927-1986 (Creation)


2 cu.ft. (6 boxes)

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When the Church Pension Fund was established by the General Convention in 1913, no provision was made to include deaconesses. To rectify this, the deaconesses formed their own not-for-profit corporation, assuming most of the officer positions, and began to raise funds to supplement retired deaconesses’ income. By 1927, the Retiring Fund for Deaconesses (RFD) was firmly established and provided financial assistance to retired and disabled deaconesses who were unable to provide for themselves.

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The records of the Retiring Fund for Deaconesses (RFD) comprise correspondence, minutes, printed material, financial documents, and reports that originated primarily in the files of Margaret Jackson, who served as the Secretary (1967-1982) and as a member of the Board of Directors (1982-1984). The correspondence reflects the devotion of women nurturing a community of former colleagues, a considerable portion of which documents the deaconesses’ position on the ordination of women as deacons and priests.


Corporate Minutes, RFD Board of Directors, 1966-1985
Administrative Correspondence, 1934-1985
Financial Records, 1927-1984
Topical Files, 1940-1977

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Records of the National Center for the Diaconate

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