A must-read for anyone considering deaconesses or woman deacons...
(Tim) Looking for Christmas presents? It's too late, I guess, but readers who want to be innoculated against dogmatic pronouncements by people who don't know what they're talking about concerning women officers or woman deacons or deaconesses in church history would do well to buy and read these two books:
Deaconesses: An Historical Study by the eminent Roman Catholic historian of liturgy who died in 2000, Fr. A. G. Martimort; and A historical and Biblical examination of women deacons by Brian Schwertley.
If you're going to buy only one of the two, make it Martimort. He's the final word and you can take a peek at his work here.