The Turku Cathedral International Congregation

The congrecation is part of the Turku Cathedral Congregation. It provides church services in English for people of all ages who have moved to Finland from other parts of the world.

Some are here in Turku for a shorter period of time and others have moved to Finland permanently and some are Finns with an international background.

All are welcome! The members of the congregation represent a variety of churches and backgrounds. Service usually follows practices of the Church of England.

Many of the people attending our services are members of the Lutheran Church; some are members of the Anglican church, with which we have special collaboration under the Porvoo Agreement; and others are members of the churches where they have come from, and represent a wide range of different churches in different countries. We invite all baptised christians to holy communion.


There is service every Sunday at the Turku Cathedral  (Tuomiokirkonkatu 1) at 4 pm. Usually we celebrate in English and follow practices of the Church of England. Once in a month we have a Mass of Trust, a mass with Taizé-songs. This service is in both Finnish and English.

For other program please check the notice board at the Cathedral and/or our Facebook group The Turku Cathedral International Congregation TCIC.


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Eucharistic fellowship and close ecclesiastical contacts

In 2001 ecclesiastical law and the church constitution were brought into harmony with the ecumenical Lutheran-Anglican Porvoo Declaration signed in 1995.

Members of the signatory churches are considered on a par with members of the Lutheran Church of Finland so that they can, for instance, act as godparents and assist in distributing communion.

In order to fill pastorates on a reciprocal basis the chapter may grant exemption from the requirements for membership of the Finnish Lutheran Church to a priest or minister who belongs to one of the other signatory churches.

The Porvoo Declaration is a joint theological document produced by the Nordic and Baltic Lutheran churches and the Anglican churches of Great Britain and Ireland, whereby eucharistic fellowship and close ecclesiastical contacts were established between the signatory churches to the communiqué.

(The text is based on Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland: News in English 29.6.2001)

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Our Priest

The priest of the congregation is the Rev Saara Markkula. You can contact her

  • Mobile +358 40 3417 106
  • Email saara.markkula(at)
  • Mailing address: Turun ja Kaarinan seurakuntayhtymä, Eerikinkatu 3 A, BOX 922, 20101 Turku 

The Turku Cathedral Congregation TCIC has its own group in Facebook.


Student Work

The pastors responsible for the work among exchange students and faculty are University Chaplain Mia Pusa and the pastor of the Turku Cathedral International Congregation, TCIC, priest Miika Ahola.

If you'd like a chance for a private discussion or counselling you can call or email Mia or Miika or grab Miika's sleeve before or after the service and arrange for a meeting.

University Chaplain

Mia Pusa

  • Mobile: +358 40 34 17 296
  • Email: mia.pusa(at)



Events Calendar

Mass every Sunday 4 pm Turku Cathedral, Tarkk'ampuja Chapel, if not stated other wise.

25.11. Mass of Trust. Rev Peter Eriksson

2.12. Advent Sunday (EVL). Rev Saara Markkula

9.12. Second Sunday of Advent (ANG) Rev Miika Ahola

16.12. Mass of Trust. Rev Peter Eriksson

30.1.2018 First Sunday of Christmas (Ang) Rev Ruth Carroll and Keith Battarbee.


6.1. Epiphany (Evl)


12.12. at 6 pm Ecumenical Christmas in Turku, Turku Cathedral. The ecumenical appeal for peace and the humanitarian message complement the Finnish tradition of declaring Christmas Peace.

19.12. at 6 pm Nine Lessons and Carols service at the cathedral. The Turku Cathedral Boys' Choir CCI, Director Cantus Heikki Rainio.

If you want to come and read a lesson please contact


24.12. at noon The Declaration of Christmas Peace, Vanha Suurtori


Bible Study, Vähä-Hämeenkatu 12. Please note new location!

The reading is the Book of Acts.

28.11. Chapter 15

The Bible Study will continue in January, 9.1.2019. Same location.


2.12.-6.1.2018 Christmas pilgrimage in the Turku Cathedral every day 9am-6pm.