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Brief History

The St. Ursula Church is the name given to a parish church belonging to the Diocese of Helsinki and dedicated to St. Ursula Ledóchowska, located in Kouvola, a city in Southeastern Finland. The church was designed by architect Benito Casagrande and the temple was completed and inaugurated on December 11, 1993.

The community of our Church started in a three-room and kitchen apartment in Kouvola, at Utinkatu. The church of St. Ursula was founded by the congregation as a chapel on March 9, 1985, and the first priest was Jan Aarts SCJ.

After Father Jan Aarts came father Wieslaw Swiech SCJ on September 1, 1989; and the chapel became independent in 1991, after which began the construction of the current Temple which is carried out in part with the great help of German Catholics.

The church was designed by architect Benito Casagrande. The temple was completed and inaugurated on December 11, 1993.

From September 1, 1994, the priest in charge was father Stanislaw Szymajda SCJ, who looked after our Catholic community until his retirement in 2017. Since the 15th of September, 2017, the Parish priest is Jean Claude Kabeza.

The parish, is a meeting place for members of a diaspora of almost 700 faithful from more than 20 countries, making it an international community of Catholics that have immigrated to Finland and share a common belief.

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