About The Fund for the Diaconate
The Fund performs a vital service for our Church by assisting deacons—working, retired or disabled—who have insufficient funds for their needs. The Fund is administered by its board of directors, with the assistance of a part-time Grants Administrator and a Bookkeeper. Funds are usually distributed by monthly allowances based on individual needs. Special grants can be made to cover emergencies, such as illness, dental care, disaster relief or other special needs.
The Officers and Directors of the Corporation consist of ten deacons, nine elected by the deacons of The Episcopal Church for three years terms, plus the Treasurer. The vice-president and the secretary are elected from among the directors, the president and treasurer may be elected from outside the board. All officers are elected for one year terms at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation in January, and take office when elected.
The Annual Meeting of the Corporation in 2019 was held on Monday October 7, at the office of the Church Pension Group, 19 East 34th Street, New York City. Deacons interested in attending a meeting should register by contacting the president. Members of the Corporation entitled to vote in the annual board elections are all ordained deacons in The Episcopal Church, who are not further ordained as priest or bishop.
The Fall board meeting was on October 8-9 at the CPG offices. The other semi-annual board meeting is generally held on the second Tuesday/Wednesday in May, also in New York City, and includes a half day strategic plan review.
Reports from the Board are published semi-annually in Diakoneo, the journal of the Association of Episcopal Deacons. Representatives of the Fund are available at the triennial meeting of AED, and at General Convention.
The Fund's Current ByLaws.
How has The Fund helped individuals in need?
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Key Dates: 1857 - present
For Deaconesses, The Retiring Fund for Deaconesses, and The Fund for the Diaconate.