The LDA is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. Click below to read stories of our 100 years of service.

15 Apr

Speakers at the groundbreaking service. Dr. O.P. Kretzmann is second from the left. Spectators at the groundbreaking for Deaconess Hall On May 13,...

08 Apr

Hertha Fischer was born in 1930 in New York City. At age seven, she tagged along as an older sibling attended confirmation class at St. Paul’s Lutheran...

02 Apr

Pastor Arnold Krentz In 1941, Superintendent Kohlmeier retired due to health reasons, and Pr. Arnold Krentz became Superintendent. He had served as a...

25 Mar

Florence Storck was born in 1914 in St. Louis, MO. She entered deaconess training at the training school in Ft. Wayne and was consecrated in June 1937. In her...

18 Mar

In 1921, Pastor Kirst of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin approached the LDA about opening a hospital there. The Deaconess Hospital Foundation and representatives of the...

12 Mar

Gertrude Simon was born in 1900, in Zachow, Wisconsin. She graduated from the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1926. After...

04 Mar

Once the Association was established, the next challenge for Pastor Herzberger was to find a "centrally located Motherhouse where our women workers can be...

04 Mar

Once the Association was established, the next challenge for Pastor Herzberger was to find a "centrally located Motherhouse where our women workers can be...

25 Feb

As a young girl in Germany, Martha would gather neighborhood children together for Sunday School. That was the beginning of her lifetime career of caring...

18 Feb

Clara Strehlow (born 1895) was among the first students at a new deaconess school which opened Watertown, Wisconsin in the 1920s. This new training program did...

11 Feb

Geraldine Eubanks Plato's first encounter with a deaconess was as a child in St. Louis. She was playing in the park with her 12 siblings on a Sunday morning....

04 Feb

Pr. Herzberger continued to work towards the goal he had set – the founding of a Deaconess Association in the Lutheran Church. Shortly before the next...

28 Jan

Louise Rathke was a member of the first deaconess training class at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and graduated in 1925. Louise served about six months at the Apache...

21 Jan

Deaconess Martha Eber was consecrated as a deaconess in 1924, following her graduation from the Lutheran Hospital Nurses Training School in Ft. Wayne, IN. She...

14 Jan

In 1911, the Associated Lutheran Churches met in convention in Ft. Wayne, IN. At that convention, Pastor F.W. Herzberger presented a paper on the female...

07 Jan

In August 1919, The Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital in Indiana agreed to admit deaconess students into the training school for nurses. The arrangement was that...
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