Anba Pola, Bishop of Tanta in the mid Nile Delta, has ordained the first deaconess there. She was given the name Tassoni Maria. ‘Tassoni’ is literal for ‘Sister’ in Coptic. Anba Pola also ordained five assistant deaconesses, giving them the names: Tassoni Aghape, Tassoni Dimiana, Tassoni Phoebe, Tassoni Marina, and Tassoni Vebronia.
The ordination ceremony was conducted during Holy Mass yesterday 10 November at the monastery of Ibiar northwest Tanta. It coincided with celebrating 25 years on the foundation of the Home of Deaconess Phoebe for consecrated women ministers in Tanta. The five newly ordained Tassonis are inmates at that home.
Following the ordination, a spiritual meeting was held under the title: Following Christ through discipleship.
11 November 2017