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Women Deacons in the Roman Church with Gary Macy

Gary Macy, Ph.D., a church historian, discusses the evidence that women served as deacons in Rome and in the rest of Western Europe until the twelfth century.  He also addresses the question of when women stopped being ordained and why.

Dr. Gary Macy, John Nobili, S.J. Professor of Theology at Santa Clara University, received both his Bachelor’s and his Master’s degrees from Marquette University where he specialized in historical and sacramental theology. He earned his doctoral degree in Divinity from Cambridge University in 1978.  In 1991-2, Dr. Macy was Heroditus Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and during the 2005-2006 academic year was awarded the Senior Luce Fellowship at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.  Among other works, Dr. Macy has published The Hidden History of the Ordination of Women in 2007 and with William Ditewig and Phyllis Zagano, Women Deacons: Past, Present and Future in 2012.