Theodor Fliedner, born 21 January 1800 at Eppstein
in Taunus, Germany
, died 4 October 1864 in Kaiserswerth, was the founder of deaconess
work in the Protestant Church. He received the idea on a money-raising visit to Amsterdam
, where the Mennonites had deaconesses in their church work. In his book Collektenreise in Holland und England
1831 he devotes a chapter to the Mennonites under the title, "Mennoniten oder Taufgesinnte, grobe und feine Taufgesinnte." His detailed description, given with thorough knowledge and acute judgment, is still of value. In it he describes the character of the Dutch Mennonites, their customs, and their life, their church organizations, and their benevolent institutions, even though his verdict is somewhat colored by his orthodoxy.
Fliedner, G. Theodor Fliedner, Leben und Wirken. 2 vols. Kaiserswerth, 1908, 1910.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 654.
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Neff, Christian. "Fliedner, Theodor (1800-1864)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 2 Feb 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Fliedner,_Theodor_(1800-1864)&oldid=111510.
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