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The Mission Province (Swedish: Missionsprovinsen [mɪˈɧuːnspruvinsən]) is a Swedish independent ecclesiastical province founded by members of the "orthodox opposition" to the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate. The province considers itself as a free-standing diocese within the Church of Sweden, a position rejected by the church itself.[1] The Mission Province was founded on 6 September 2003, following the establishment of the Nordic Catholic Church in Norway.


The Province was founded as an alternative ecclesiastical jurisdiction in order to support the establishment of new free Eucharistic communities (koinonias). It contains the Catholic, Schartauan Confessional and Evangelical expressions found in the Church of Sweden on the doctrinal basis of the Book of Concord.

On 5 February 2005, The Most Reverend Walter Obare Omwanza, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya, assisted by bishops Leonid Zviki from Belarus, David Tswaedi from South Africa, Børre Knudsen and Ulf Asp from Norway, consecrated Arne Olsson in apostolic succession as the Ordinary for the Mission Province.

In April 2006, Bishop Arne Olsson consecrated pastors Lars Artman and Göran Beijer as other bishops for the Mission Province. The alternative hierarchy of the Mission province ordains candidates for the priesthood who are not in favour of the ordination of women and who are therefore not accepted for ordination in the national Churches of Sweden or Finland. In Sweden there are 25-30 congregations led by Mission Province priests, in addition to 30-35 congregations in Finland.[1]

Bishops of the Church of Sweden do not acknowledge the Mission Province as a part of the Church of Sweden and Bishop Arne Olsson was defrocked soon after his episcopal ordination as were Lars Artman and Göran Beijer.

Since 2015 the Mission Province has church fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland and the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of Norway.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Missionsprovinsen tar steg mot eget samfund". Kyrkans Tidning. 2013-05-21.
  2. ^ Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland. Retrieved: 11 November 2015.

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