Diaconal Studies is a young subject concerned with an old practice. The subject investigates and interprets practical actions and the social context these actions take place in.
Traditionally, diaconal work is what we call the practical social work that takes place in a church/Christian context. Historically, this has been an important and marked part of the churches’ and Christian organisations’ activities for many centuries. Until the reformation, for example, the sick were cared for in monasteries. After the reformation, the responsibility for the “sick and poor” was principally transferred from sacred to secular organs.