Friday, January 4, 2019

Beloved Bp. Athanasius of Kisumu has reposed in the Lord

A hierarch known to many in the US from his travels among to tell us about the evangelical work of the Church in Africa.

(Orthodox Africa) - It is with great saddness that we have to report that His Grace Bishop Athanasius of Kisumu and Western Kenyan has gone home to be with our Lord. Please pray for his eternal repose and for the peace of the many people all over the world who have lost a true Father in Christ. May His Memory Be Eternal!

O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who hast trampled down death and overthrown the Devil, and given life to Thy world, do Thou, the same Lord, give rest to the souls of Thy departed servant Bishop Athanasius in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment, a place of repose, where all sickness, sighing, and sorrow have fled away. Pardon every transgression which he has committed, whether by word or deed or thought. For Thou art a good God and lovest mankind; because there is no man who lives yet does not sin, for Thou only art without sin, Thy righteousness is to all eternity, and Thy word is truth.

For Thou are the Resurrection, the Life, and the Repose of Thy servant who has fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, who is from everlasting, and Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever unto ages of ages. Amen.
And also...
(Uganda Orthodox Church) - Today January 4, 2019, We have received the sorrowful news of the repose in Christ of His Grace Bishop Athanasios Akunda of Kisumu and all Western Kenya, MAY HIS SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!

His Grace has been bed ridden in Intensive care Unit (ICU) at St Vincent hospital in Worcester Massachusetts ,USA since early December 2018 with alternating health condition and hope of recovery but this morning he was called by his Father in Heaven.

He has been much known for his Kind and loving personality, being humble in nature and undoubtedly portraying characteristics of a living Saint.

Uganda Orthodox Church joins the Orthodox Christian brothers and sisters in Kenya in celebrating the Life of our beloved Bishop and May the Almighty Father rest his soul in peace and eternity.

Follow this link to read Bishop Athanasios’ biography.


  1. A most wonderful, humble and holy priest when he was our parish priest at St Nicholas in Johannesburg. He will be greatly missed - memory eternal

  2. Amidst so much chaos in our world God raises up for us a holy one like Vladyka Athanasios. May his holy prayers help to sustain us. Vechnaya oamyat!