Bishop Fredrik Modéus is welcomed to his diocese

Welcome, Bishop Fredrik!

Växjö Diocese welcomed its new bishop Fredrik Modéus in a moving and joyful service in Växjö cathedral on 19 April 2015.

After a long process with voting, appointment and consecration to the office of bishop, Fredrik Modéus was able for the first time as bishop to meet fellow workers and parishioners in the diocese.

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Dean Thomas Petersson (left) and the new bishop (centre)

During the service, Fredrik Modéus delivered his first sermon as bishop.  An address which was personal and warm, but also challenging.  He mentioned among other things the words of recently deceased Tomas Tranströmer: In the middle of the forest there is a glade that can only be found by someone who has lost his way.

Extract from the sermon:

I sometimes think that the church is a place, not for the sheep-like, but for we normal lost people who seek the warming sunlight in life’s glades.    A place for all who rightly expect to be able to encounter a credible interpretation of what it is to be human – and to get this in the light the Easter gospel of the Risen One.  And all of it is clearly also relevant to us who have special responsibility in the church.  For a priest, deacon or an elected representative [to a church body] too can go astray.  And a bishop who walks with the shepherd’s crook.  That is why there are ‘glades of grace’.

Read the whole address.

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The recessional – Bishop Colin Fletcher (centre) represented Oxford Diocese

At  the service of welcome, the diocese prayed for Fredrik Modéus and blessed him in his new ministry.

Representatives from the entire diocese took part in the service.  The St Sigfrid Chamber Choir and the Cecilia Choir, representatives from the Swedish church youth and link dioceses, the Dövkyrka (Church for the Deaf) in Växjö Diocese and also area deans  also played their part.  The service was led by Cathedral Dean Thomas Petersson.

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After the service – the bishop’s autograph is in demand!

Article translated from the Växjö Diocese web pages.