It will become the first-ever Byzantine-orthodox church in the history of Jönköping. Two well-known persons from Romania and Germany as well as the bishop for Sweden and Northern Europe will lead the inauguration together with around 40 ministers and deacons from around the world.
Two Romanian TV stations will cover the inauguration and the following ceremony. Local politicians, representatives from a number of organizations and people from all the Nordic countries will attend this historic day. After the blessing of the church, the Romanian-orthodox parish together with Studieförbundent Bilda will arrange a ceremony with, among other things, speeches and song by a Romanian choir based in Stockholm, Sweden. The ceremony will take place in the dining hall at Per Brahegymnasiet.
The Romanian-orthodox parish in Jönköping has been around since 1972, but it wasn’t until father Ovidiu Theodor Bancila moved to Sweden and got ordained in 2009 as the community started holding mass regularly. The Romanian-orthodox parish has around 400 members. But in the area around Jönköping, over 1000 people belong to the Byzantine-orthodox church. In 2014, the parish bought Ceciliakyrkan, which will become the first-ever Byzantine-orthodox church in Jönköping.