Shine on your Way Bishop Athanasios Akunda
His Grace Bishop Athanasios Akunda of Kisumu and all Western Kenya of the Greek Orthodox Alexandrian Patriarchate has entered eternal rest. He passed away at the St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester Massachusetts, the USA after battling a severe illness. He has been a leader. He preached of our obligation to the poor and led by example. He is well known for his kind and loving heart, being humble in nature and undoubtedly portraying characteristics of a living Saint. As a human being, he had weaknesses, but these were outweighed by his love, his gentleness, his sense of humour, and his pastoral concern for people. We will miss him here Kenya, but his diocese will miss him even more. As we celebrate the Life of our beloved Bishop, May the Almighty Father rest his soul in peace and eternity.
His Grace Bishop Athanasios (Akunda) Bishop of Kisumu and West Kenya
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 April 12 1998 by His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Zimbabwe and Presbyter on July 25 2002 by the same Hierarch as Metropolitan of Johannesburg and Pretoria. He was consecrated as Archimandrite on [[January 18] 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 November 24 2015, by proposal of His Beatitude Theodoros II (Choreftakis) 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 December 6 2015.