Onneksi meidän kristittyjen keskuudessa on luvallista naistenkin olla pastoreita, vanhimpia, "ministrae lat." ja deaconess:eja.
In the Byzantine church deaconesses had both liturgical and pastoral functions within the church. Lähde: Wikipedia deaconess.
Bithynian kirkolla oli kaksi naispastoria, jotka joutuivat vainotuiksi uskonsa tähden. Lähde: Pliny nuorempi, kirjeessään Trajanukselle a.d. 100 noin. "two old women who were called ministers".
Olympias, one of the closest friends and supporters of the archbishop of Constantinople, John Chrysostom, was known as a wealthy and influential deaconess during the 5th century. Justinian's legislation in the mid-sixth century regarding clergy throughout his territories in the East and the West mentioned male and female deacons in parallel. He also included female deacons among those whose numbers he regulated for service at the Great Church of Hagia Sophia, listing male and female deacons together, and later specifying one hundred male and forty female deacons. Evidence of continuing liturgical and pastoral roles is provided by Constantine Porphyrogenitus' 10th century manual of ceremonies (De Ceremoniis), which refers to a special area for deaconesses in the Hagia Sophia.