- This is an article about the wife of a deacon. If you are looking for a female in clerical orders, see Deaconess.
Diakonissa is a Greek title of honor that is used to refer to a deacon's wife. It is derived from diakonos—the Greek word for deacon (literally, "server"). There does not currently seem to be any standard English equivalent, so most English-speaking Orthodox Christians will use the title most common in the old country churches from which their local family or parish finds its origin.
In Arabic, a deacon's wife is called Shamassy (derived from Shamas, Arabic for "deacon"). Romanian uses a derivative from the Greek term, Diaconiţă, as does Serbian, Djakonitsa (pronounced jack-on-eet'-sa). Other Slavic traditions generally use the same word for a deacon's wife that is used for a priest's wife: Matushka (Russian), Panimatushka (Ukrainian), etc.
- "Order for the Ordination of a Woman Deacon"
- "Ordination of a Woman Deacon" offers background to the link above, both from the Euchologion of the Monastery of Saint Andrew the First Called in Manchester, England
- The Historical Orthodox Deaconess
- "Prayers for the Ordination of Women Deacons as found in Georgian Manuscripts", taken from: "The Georgian Version of the Liturgy of St. James," F. C. Conybeare and Oliver Wardrop, from Revue de l'Orient Chretien, XIX, 1914 (Paris)
- Book Review: Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church: Called to Holiness and Ministry by Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, reviewed by Deborah Malacky Belonick for St. Nina's Quarterly
- "An Interview with Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald" by Teva Regule of the St. Nina's Quarterly