Savannah Ponder listens intently to Bishop Mariann, supported by friends and family, including members of L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C., St. Stephen and the Incarnation, and St. John’s Lafayette Square, where she serves as the assistant for ministries to children, youth, and families. (All photos: Donovan Marks)
Read Bishop Mariann’s sermon for the Ordination of a Deacon: Character, Chemistry, Competence.
The Rev. Bruce McPherson offers the litany of prayers.
J. Matthew Ponder, Savannah’s husband, and Eileen Schofield vest the new deacon.
The Rev. Savannah Ponder, newly ordained deacon, prepares the table.
Bishop Mariann blesses the people, and the people respond, Amen.
The Rev. Savannah Ponder among the many present to witness her ordination into the Sacred Order of Deacons.
The Rev. Savannah Ponder with three of her presenters (l-r: The Rev. Rob W. Fisher, Savannah, Ms. Jane Bishop, The Rev. Dr. Samuel Dessordi Leite, missing is The Rev. Emily Griffin).