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Call for papers December 8.-10. 2021


Understandings of Diakonia

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Internet seminars "What Did Deacons Do", 2021

We organize three seminary meetings in May, 10th to 12th May 2021. Take a look to this page: May 2021.

If needed, please ask for more information and how to get access:

Internet seminars "What Did Deacons Do", 2021

Due to the CoViD-19, we can not have a big conference this year, but we are planning to have at least two online seminars, on 24th - 26th February (European late Afternoon times) and May (European Morning times). Program for February meeting is here. If needed, please ask for more information and how to get access:

Five seminars "What Did Deacons Do", May 11th-15th 2020

Due to the CoViD-19, we can not have a conference this year, but we have the Keynote Speakers and two other as an online seminar on May 11th-15th, 2020, every day at 10 AM Finnish time. Please ask for more information and how to get access:


Information, status Mars 19th 2020

We can not organize this conference in May 2020.

Due to COVID-19, ‘What did deacons do? 2020’ is becoming ‘What did deacons do? 2021.’ We aim to hold the conference in May 2021. More details will be available later in the year, on this page.

We are working on many items. Please pick up what you are looking for:

  • The Program. Always the latest version is in this page.When you are registered, you get a more comprehensive program here.
  • Registration. Information needed for registration and the link for the registration is here. Also, information about the planned trip to the Monastery of Valamo is there.The earlier information of the congress is on two pages: The first call is here, and the second call is here.
    • By registration, you will get access to the congress abstracts.
  • Information on Joensuu, on hotels and on traveling etc is here.
  • Information for the writers is here.


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 Referred literature is here


Collins, John N. (1990). Diakonia: Re-interpreting the Ancient Sources. New York – Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Collins, John N. (2012). A Monocultural Usage: διακον- words in Classical, Hellenistic, and Patristic Sources. Vigiliae christianae 66.3 (2012) 287-309.

Collins, John N. (2014). Diakonia Studies. Oxford.

Diakonian tutkimus 3/ 2015 –

Deacons (2018). Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity, The First Two Centuries. Ed. by Bart J. Koet, Edwina Murphy, and Esko Ryökäs. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 479. Mohr & Siebeck.

Diaconia, diaconiae, diaconato (2010). Diaconia, diaconiae, diaconato. Semantica e storia nei padri della chiesa. (eds. Vittorio Grossi, Bart J. Koet and Paul van Geest) Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum 117. Roma: Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum.

Georgi, Dieter (1986). The Opponents of Paul in Second Corinthians: A Study on Religious Propaganda in Late Antiquity. English translation and greatly expanded edition of the German original 1964; Philadelphia: Fortress.

Hentschel, Anni (2007). Diakonia im Neuen Testament. Studien zur Semantik unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Rolle von Frauen. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. 2. Reihe 226. Mohr Siebeck. Tübingen.

Hentschel, Anni (2013). Gemeinde, Ämter, Dienste Perspektiven zur neutestamentlichen Ekklesiologie (Biblisch-Theologische Studien, 136) Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag.

Koet, Bart J. (2019). The Go-Between: Augustine on Deacons. (Brill's Studies in Catholic Theology; Vol. 6). Leiden: Brill.

Pylvänäinen, Pauliina (2017). Agents in Liturgy, Charity, and Communion. The Tasks of Female Deacons in the Apostolic Constitutions. Doctoral Dissertation, the University of Eastern Finland (unpubl.).

Ryökäs, Esko (2011). Zur Begründung der Diakonie bei Theodor Fliedner. Anmerkungen zum “Gutachten, die Diakonie und den Diakonat betreffend”. – Diakonische Einblicke. Her­ausgegeben von Christian Oelschlägel. DWI-Jahrbuch Bd. 41. Diakoniewissen­schaft­liche Institut der Theologischen Fakultät, Heidelberg, 49–71.

Ryökäs, Esko (2015). Diaconia – A Make-Believe Which Continues? – Diaconia, Volume 6, Issue 1, 61–74.

School of Theology, in contact with:

Finnish Association for Research on Diaconia


Societas Patristica Fennica


Internationales Diakonatszentrum

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