The School for Deacons is an educational institution of the Diocese of California under the general oversight of its Bishop. The mission of the School is to provide a pre-eminent program for the education and formation of deacons in the Episcopal Church.
The diaconate, as a distinctive order, recalls to the Church, the Body of Christ, that Jesus Christ came to serve, and that the Church has a servant identity. Ordained deacons personify, sacramentalize and enable the ministry of service to which all Christians are called at baptism. The diaconate was the first order to be instituted by the Church (The Acts of the Apostles). A deacon is instructed (in the Service for Ordination of Deacons in The Book of Common Prayer), to ?serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely. . . to make Christ and his redemptive love known by your word and example, . . . to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world . . . to assist the bishop and priest in public worship and in the ministration of God's Word and Sacraments."