Orthodox church mourns bishop known for his love and gentleness

The late Dr Athanasius Akunda was the first bishop of the Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya of the Orthodox Church in Kenya. PHOTO | ORTHODOX MISSION KENYA

What you need to know:

  • The cleric gave 13 years of his ministry to the Orthodox Church in South Africa, where he was ordained in 2002.

  • The Orthodox community in Kenya is the third largest in sub-Saharan Africa, only superseded by sister churches in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The Orthodox Church in Kenya, and the Christian community at large, is in mourning as it lays to rest the first bishop of the Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya, Dr Athanasius Akunda.

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