The School of Theology (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu) plans the next international and ecumenical conference on patristic understandings of diakonia. It is the fourth edition of such a conference.

The topic is ‘What did deacons do?’. Our purpose is to continue the work that has already begun with a symposium in the fall of 2014, 2015 and 2017. These symposia were based on reflections on the results of the 2009 conference “Diaconia, diaconiae, diaconato” in Rome. In our series of conferences, the period under investigation covers the first six centuries. Now we focus on the Late Antiquity, especially on the 3rd and 4th centuries.

Most of the 2017 congress is published by Mohr Siebeck 2019 (Deacons 2019), Prof. Bart J. Koet (Tilburg), and Dr. John N. Collins (Melbourne); as well as Finnish Association for Research in Diaconia.

The next conference will be held on May 12th – 14th 2020 in Joensuu, Finland.


Please find more information about the conference here.