The Association for Episcopal Deacons is the preeminent diaconal association of the Episcopal Church. It exists to enable the diakonia (diaconal service and action) of all the baptized. To this end, it encourages every diocese to develop programs to ordain deacons, and provides resources to recruit and select, form, deploy, supervise and support deacons.
AED assumes a variety of unique responsibilities, made possible by donations from our members:
Membership in AED is open to all individuals and dioceses.
AED has played a major role in the development of the Episcopal diaconate as a full and equal order in today’s church. Join us as we continue to endeavor to make Christ and his redemptive love known, and to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns and hopes of the world, so that all our lives show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 543, Ordination: Deacon)
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With over 3,000 deacons in The Episcopal Church and 373 in the Anglican Church in Canada (as of late 2016), we are growing as a ministry, and have lots to do together!
What do AED members support?
Please know how grateful we are for your support as we continue to promote the diaconate.
Lori Mills-Curran, Deacon and AED Executive Director
Lauren Welch, Deacon and AED President
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Theology of the Diaconate
Total Episcopal & Canadian Deacons
2015 - 3635
AED Current Membership
Members - 1018
Member Dioceses - 83 (of 113)
2015 - 1018 Members
2014 - 963 Members
2013 - 1034 Members
2012 - 1139 Members
Ordinations (US & Canada)
2015 - 128
2014 - 108
Anglican Church of Canada
2015 Deacons - 372
2014 Deacons - 342