Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Dr. Frank H. Gorman

Second Advisor

Rev. Vernon A. Serenius


Limited and continuing studies have been made within some of the deaconess training schools to determine the need for improvements or revisions in the existing program. The nature of the need and the effort that has been made toward improvements is perhaps best expressed by Sister Anna Ebert when she says: "There are still wide differences of opinion on objectivesand principles of deaconess training, the amount and kind of educationneeded by deaconesses, the duties and responsibilities for which they should be prepared and the best plan for such preparation. Currlculums have been revised and relationships with higher institutions of education have been established in several Mather houses. Encouraging implications for deaconess education are found in enlarging faculties; in increasing emphasis on surveys and research; in development of criteria for judging the work of deaconess schools and the deaconess service." So far, as could be ascertained, there has been no systematic investigation to secure and analyze the viewpoints of both the administrative officials and the deaconess students of all deaconess training schools; neither have data been compiled for comparing the Lutheran Deaconess Schools in the three areas: selection,orientation, and preparation of deaconess students for service.


A Thesis Presented In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1952 Gertrude M. Hill, the Department of Education.

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