Orthodox Kisumu– OCP News Service – 4/1/19
Kenya: His Grace Bishop Athanasios Akunda of Kisumu and all Western Kenya of the Greek Orthodox Alexandrian Patriarchate has entered eternal rest. The Prelate passed away at the St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester Massachusetts, the USA after battling a severe illness. May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace!!!
His Grace Athanasios (Amos Akunda Masaba) Bishop of Kisumu and West Kenya, was born in Ebusitatsi Ebukhubi, Bunyore, West Kenya. He studied at Mundecheyo Primary and Mill Hill Catholic High School, the “Makarios III” Seminary, and the Holy Cross Theological Academy in the USA. He is also a Doctor of Theology (DTH) from the UNISA State University of South Africa. He was ordained Deacon on 12th April 1998 by His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Zimbabwe and Presbyter on 25th July 2002 by the same Hierarch as Metropolitan of Johannesburg and Pretoria. He was consecrated as Archimandrite on 18th January 2010 by His Eminence Damaskinos Metropolitan of Johannesburg and Pretoria. He served in the Metropolis of Kenya, the Metropolis of Boston, USA, and the Missions of South Africa. He was also a Lecturer in Ceremonial rites, Patristics, Culture, Anthropology and Ecumenism at the “Makarios III” Patriarchal Seminary in Kenya. He is a member of the Association of the Theological Institutions of Eastern Africa (ATIEA).
On 24th November 2015, by proposal f His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria, he was elected by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria as Bishop of the newly-established Diocese of Kisumu and West Kenya. He was ordained by His Beatitude on 6th December 2015.