Diakonia Days

A Summer Camp for Prospective Deaconess Students

What is Diakonia Days?

Are you considering the vocation of deaconess? Whether it is in the hospital room, in the living room of an elderly woman, in the marketplace of another country, or in the midst of urban strife, the Lord has given deaconesses passion and compassion for serving His people!

The Diakonia Days Summer Camp allows post-Confirmation aged young women attending high school, the opportunity to explore the vocation of Deaconess and enjoy a week long fellowship event full of activities, learning, and service.

Spiritual Fellowship, Education, and Growth

  • Experience daily spiritual fellowship: Come to daily chapel services in Concordia’s Chapel of Our Lord and be a part of nightly devotions.

  • Attend classes led by Deaconesses and Theology professors: Learn what Deaconess ministry is really all about, with a uniquely Lutheran focus, including the history and meaning of the office. Also, dig deeper into the meaning of prayer among other interesting topics to be presented.

  • Visit and/or work with Deaconesses in the area: Be a part of daily service activities in the community which may include soup kitchens, prison ministry, nursing home visitation, and inner city missions. See what it is like to be a parish or social service agency deaconess.

  • Make friends and have a week of group building and fun activities:

    Meet young women interested in the deaconess ministry and participate in other fun events.

How can I be a part of Diakonia Days?
You must be a young woman who has been confirmed in the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod of high school age.  If you have any interest in serving the church through ministry to women, children, the elderly, the sick, or those in need we encourage you to attend this wonderful opportunity!

Please fill out an application form, which you may request from our office.

Mail the registration form to:

The Deaconess Program
7400 Augusta St. 47G
River Forest, IL 60305

For questions, please contact us.
Phone: (708)771-8300 x2136.

What is included?
The total cost for the week is $325.00 to be paid upon arrival. This cost includes: room, board (all meals for the week are covered), materials, all activities, and the opportunity to have a great week this summer!

Students will sleep in the residence halls at the university and meals will be provided through the dining service on campus.  Once students arrive on campus, all transportation will be provided through university vehicles to off-site activities.


What is a “deaconess”?
“Deaconess” means servant. The deaconess office is one in which competent, dedicated women serve the Lord and His people through providing spiritual care, instruction in Faith, and acts of love. 

What does a deaconess do?
Deaconesses work with the pastor or pastoral care team in congregations, agencies, and missions.  A deaconess provides spiritual care, teaches God's Word and serves the neglected and lonely.  A parish deaconess may visit the hospitalized and home-bound, teach Bible classes, make evangelism calls, coordinate volunteers or youth groups, or counsel and comfort the grieving and those in distress.  Service in social agencies ranges from chaplaincy in hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons, to service in homes for persons with disabilities or the hearing impaired.  Deaconesses also serve among other cultures in foreign and home missions.