Växjö Diocese has elected its new bishop

Fredrik ModéusThe next Bishop of Växjö will be Fredrik Modéus.  He was elected today with a total of 58% of the vote, gaining 342 votes as opposed to the 248 achieved by Thomas Petersson.

Fredrik Modéus was born in 1964.  He lives in Lund , where he is currently “Canon pastor” in the Cathedral parish.  Before that he was team leader in Holy Spirit parish in Lund for 13 years.

He was ordained priest in 1991 in Växjö diocese, serving for a year in Värnamo before moving on to be “associate priest” in Hässleholm (1992-1994), and then Chaplain to the diocesan folkhögskola in Oskarshamn, in the north of Växjo diocese (1994-5).  After a year pursuing further study in Lund , he was appointed to the Holy Spirit Parish as “associate priest”, in which capacity he served for two years before becoming team leader.

He studied at Lund University , where he is currently a doctoral student, due to submit his thesis in an area of systematics in the spring.  He has written several books and is a regular contributor (as columnist and, more recently, leader-writer) to the Church of Sweden ’s newspaper “Kyrkans tidning”.  Last October he was one of the speakers at the Växjö clergy conference.  I was present at the session and attach the written-up version of his notes, which we used in Terriers as the basis for a background paper for our Mission Action Planning.

He is married to Carina. They have three children: Erik (20), Ida (18) and Arvid (15). His parents live in Jönköping. He has two brothers, and assorted nephews and nieces.

In his leisure time he likes to spend time with his family and to travel to new places.  He enjoys reading, listening to music and playing the piano. He is interested in sport and exercises regularly, preferably on his own on a running track.

Tony Dickinson

3 December 2014