Dear all,

It is with great sadness that I convey the news that Bishop Geoffrey Rowell, the previous Diocesan Bishop, died peacefully this morning after a short illness.

I got to know Bishop Geoffrey personally when he came first to ordain me as a deacon in 2005. Later I met him occcasionally at Diocesan meetings. The last time he visited the Church in Helsinki was at my induction as the Chaplain in 2013. This was one of his last duties as the Bishop in Europe before retring at the end of the same year.

Bishop Geoffrey had a big heart for ecumenism and was especially interested in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. He understood the significance of the Porvoo Agreement to our ministry in Finland and other Nordic countries. Below is tributes to Bishop Geoffrey written by the Bishop in Europe, Robert Innes,

In Christ,
Tuomas Mäkipää

Give rest, O Christ,
to thy servant with thy saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more;
neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Thou only art immortal,
the Creator and Maker of man;
and we are mortal, formed of the earth,
and unto earth shall we return;
for so thou didst ordain
when thou createdst me, saying:
‘Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.’

All we go down to the dust,
and, weeping o’er the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

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