Wesley Deaconesses

Wesley Deaconesses
Wesley Deaconesses

1850-1900 / B/W / Methodism / Paper / Photograph

This black and white composite presentation photograph shows four types of Wesley Deaconess nurses. Deaconesses worked in various capacities; often starting as nurses, they became Deaconess Home or Foreign Mission Workers and Deaconess Evangelists. All are pictured in this photograph.

The Wesley Deaconess Order and Wesley Deaconesses were founded in 1890 by the Rev. Thomas Bowman Stephenson. In 1902 a Deaconess Institute College was established for training purposes; the workload of deaconesses was always varied and very heavy.

As society changed in the 1900s, the deaconess roles had to change, and the Wesleyan Deaconess Order in its original format closed in 1978.