God was willing and the people consented. On Saturday, July 18, 2020 the Right Reverend Matthew A. Gunter, Eighth Bishop of Fond du Lac, ordained Nicole Misoni Beeck to the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The ordination service took place at Grace Episcopal Church, Sheboygan and was livestreamed and may be viewed here. As Bishop Matt noted on Facebook, "We have a new deacon! Congratulations to the Rev Deacon Nicci Beeck. Except for this picture and the actual laying on of hands we maintained proper physical distance throughout"
Deacon Nicci began her discernment towards ordained ministry when she attended a Circles of Light, a discernment process of the Diocese of Fond du Lac. After receiving the needed affirmations, she began the diocesan Deacon School, completing coursework, retreats, and field education and outreach/pastoral care community experience. She was ordained a deacon following approval of the Commission on Ministry, Grace, Sheboygan's Vestry and Rector, Standing Committee and the Bishop.
Bishop Matt has assigned Deacon Nicci to serve at St. Paul's, Plymouth under the authority of Archdeacon Michele Whitford, Vicar. She continues to work as parish administrator of Grace, Sheboygan.
A new year of the Diocesan Deacons School starts January 11, 2020 at St. Paul’s Cathedral , Fond du Lac. Two courses open to auditors are Church History (taught from 9-12 by The Very Rev. Patrick Perkins) and Old Testament (taught from 1-4 by The Rev. Dr. Tom McAlpine). Brief descriptions of each are provided below.
Courses are taught the 2nd Saturday of the month from January-May (except April on the 18th due to Easter) and September - December). Auditors are requested to attend all classes and do the reading, but have no prerequisites and do not need to do the homework. Auditors are requested to provide a donation to the Diocese of Fond du Lac in lieu of tuition. If you are interested in exploring signing up as an auditor for either or both course, email the instructor and they will contact you and provide a syllabus with additional information on the course: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
CHURCH HISTORY COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is an overview of the history of the Christian Church, from the early Church, the Church in the East and the West, the reformation, the Church in America, Ecumenism, and the Anglican Communion. Emphasis will be placed on Church History through the ministry and perspective of a Deacon.
OLD TESTAMENT COURSE DESCRIPTION
We’ll explore the Old Testament in its various literary, historical, and theological contexts and its interpretation in service of Christian practice, with particular attention to the Book of Psalms. We’ll use The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha (5th ed.) and work through A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament (2nd ed.) by B. Birch, W. Brueggemann, T. Fretheim, and D. Petersen, Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament by E. Davis, and Hidden Riches: A Sourcebook for the Comparative Study of the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East. By C. Hays. The lens the course will be taught through is a mission perspective.