My name is Irene Swift and I am the new deaconess fieldworker at Concordia Lutheran in Berwyn. I am a junior at Concordia University Chicago studying to become a deaconess. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio and am a diehard Indians fan. I enjoy singing and jamming out to music. I am teaching myself to play guitar which has always been a dream of mine. I am learning American Sign Language (ASL) and hope to do deaf ministry in the future.
For those of you wondering what a deaconess is, I’ll tell you. A deaconess is a professional, theologically trained female church worker. A deaconess typically works in three different fields of mercy-work. Mercy-work is just a fancy way of saying caring for and serving people. She can work in a church, and institution, or as a missionary. In a church a deaconess normally assists the pastor with preparing for worship service, with confirmation, Sunday school, Bible study, youth group, and visiting shut-ins or people in the hospital.
I am so excited to be doing my fieldwork at Concordia and worshipping there for the next two years while at school. I will be learning and practicing different aspects of church ministry under the supervision of both Pastor Huenink and my program advisor Deaconess Kristin Wassilak. I feel extremely blessed for this opportunity and I am looking forward to getting to know you all.
All for HIM,