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Jackie Sanchez-ShabazzMeet our new Deacon,
Jacqueline Sanchez-Shabazz

About Jackie:

– works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Administration
– volunteers as a hospital chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital
– lifetime resident of the lower east side and St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church on Henry Street
– has four adult children, thirty-six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren
– loves to cook, sew, knit, and crochet
– loves serving at the altar

What’s a deacon?

A deacon (from Greek, “diakonos” or servant) is one of three distinct orders of ordained ministers (bishops, priests, deacons) in the Episcopal Church. Within the Anglican Communion (as in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches) an individual  becomes a deacon by being ordained by a bishop after having completed a course of study and formation. This is in contrast to other traditions that use the title for lay persons elected to responsible governing positions in their churches. The first recorded deacons are in the Book of Acts when the Twelve appoint seven deacons to oversee the fair administration of relief to the those in need in Jerusalem.  One of the seven, Stephen, is the first martyr and before his death preaches powerfully to the hostile crowd. Deacons in the Episcopal Church are visible reminders of our joint call as disciples to serve those in need.  Deacons also have special duties in the Sunday Eucharist such as reading the Gospel, setting the altar, and dismissing the congregation.


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