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Church of the Deaconess Institute

For more than a hundred years, the church of the Deaconess Institute has reflected the Christian foundation of the Institute's operations.

The foundation stone of the Helsinki Deaconess Institute's church was set in 1896. Architectural drawings for the church were prepared and donated by Baron Karl August Wrede. The church was inaugurated by Bishop Herman Råbergh in 1898. In September of the same year, the first deaconess ordination ceremony was carried out in the church.

Over the decades, the church has undergone several refurbishments. In 2004, the church was thoroughly renovated and its look was restored as close to the original as possible. Architect Ulla Rahola was responsible for the church's restoration.

The crucifix on the altar wall dates from the 19th century and was made by an Italian silversmith. It was donated by the founder of the Deaconess Institute, Aurora Karamzin.

The organ in the Deaconess Institute's church is included in the online database of Finland's historical organs, created and maintained by the Department of Church Music at the Sibelius Academy.
Historical organs in Finland

The Helsinki Deaconess Institute's church is a cosy place for holding
wedding, baptism and funeral ceremonies. The church can be hired for family events.

The church is open on weekdays 8.00 am–4.00 pm. In July the church is closed. 

For more than a hundred years, the church of the Deaconess Institute has been spreading the Christian message embedded in the activities of the Institute.

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History of the Helsinki Deaconess Institute published

This year the Helsinki Deaconess Institute turns 150. To mark the occasion the Institute has published a history of its work, Ihmisen arvo – Helsingin Diakonissalaitos 150 vuotta (Human Dignity – 150 Years of the Helsinki Deaconess Institute). Its author is Dr Jyrki Paaskoski and the book is published by Edita Publishing.