Saturday, January 2, 2010

On the Ninth Day of Christmas: Loehe and the Deaconesses

There was erroneous information in a previous post, one which most of you did not see due to a user error on my part.

Anyways, a recent post stated, "He (Loehe) is also known as the founder of the modern Deaconess movement."

This prompted a response from a deaconess! The post has since been deleted, so here is the correct information...

I love your blog site! Great material. In relation to Christmas 8, which you have evidently written but not published yet [info I recieve via Google Blog Alert for the word "deaconess"] I notice that you state, "He [Loehe] is also known as the founder of the modern Deaconess movement." I want to suggest that you change that statement to something more historically accurate. The fact is that Theodore Flieder of Kaiserswerth, Germany, is universally known as the Father of the modern deaconess movement (at least by all historians and those who know their history). Loehe started his deaconess training after Fliedner and modeled his training on Fliedner's motherhouse style, after his (Loehe's) own initial efforts at training women through women's [ladies' aid] societies failed. So something to the effect of "Loehe is also well known for his training of deaconesses in Neuendettelsau, Germany" would be a better choice than the statement that you have.
A blessed New Year, and I look forward to more of your posts. Deaconess Cheryl D. Naumann

The comment section of this blog is there for the purposes of discussion and correction.  This is a blog and not a professional journal, so the fact checking process is much different!  Thanks so much to Deaconess Naumann for giving us these details.  Please check out this link to find out more about the history of deaconesses and their contributions to the church.

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