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International Symposium on Theology of the Diaconate

International Symposium on Theology of the Diakonate March 18 – 21, 2020 in the Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg Stuttgart, Conference Center Hohenheim, Deutschland

The Countenance of the Church in the Everyday Life of People?

The significance of the diaconate for a diaconal Church

Bild vergrößern 50 years after its reintroduction by the Second Vatican Council the diaconate has become, in many parts of the world, a firm component of the local Churches. At the same time, this ministry, so very necessary to the life of the Church (LG 29) is still seeking its adequate place in a diaconal Church.

Why does the Church need a sacramental diaconate? Despite the intense efforts which have been made – does the ministry have sufficient identity? How can one describe the unity and diversity within the sacramental ordo? Is any specific task assigned to this ministry?

In the African and Asian Churches, the diaconate hasn’t taken roots up to now. What are the conditions which could make that happen?

In addition, the debate about the diaconate about the diaconate for women in the Church has not quieted down.

The above questions show that the discussion on the place of the diaconate – from the point of view of its ecclesiological significance, of systematic theology and of pastoral practice – has been going on since its reestablishment. The approaches these questions from an international – ecclesial perspective and tries to grasp the significance of the diaconate for a diaconal Church.

In the meantime, lecturers from several continents have confirmed their participation. Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy, was personally invited by Bishop Dr. Genn, of Münster , Germany.

Our partners in organizing this event are the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the German Bishops’ Conference and the, the Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg Stuttgart. With their help, we are able to keep the participation costs very low:

Participation costs (conference costs, meals, accommodation) for participants from South America,
Asia and Africa: 200 €

Participation costs (conference costs, meals, accommodation) for participants from Australia, USA, Canada and Europe: 300 €

Immediately after the symposium, the participants are invited to a sightseeing program, running until Sunday, March 22.
Sightseeing-Program:

  • Visit to the Mercedes Benz Museum
  • City tour
  • Guided visit to the State Gallery
  • Possibly a visit to the Opera (the Stuttgart Opera House program will be published in September 2019).

Each item of the program items lasts for half a day. The costs including one night of accommodation are approx. 125 €, in a single room and approx. 115 € in a double room.

I would like to invite you, on behalf of the IDC, to participate in this symposium!

Please find attached the detailed schedule!
Your registration will be received by Mrs. Weishaupt, Project Assistant of the Academy:

E-Mail schreiben

Foreign participants may pay their participation fees directly upon arrival by credit card. We would like to ask the participants from Germany to kindly transfer the amount of 300 € into our bank account. You will receive the relevant data along with the confirmation of your registration!

Please provide the following information along with your registration:
Name, title, mailing address, email address and country

We are looking forward to your participation and send you our most cordial greetings wherever in the world you might be!

Schedule International Symposium 2020 (pdf/93 KB)


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