Jorma Heikkinen was born in Lapland in the Gulf in 1957. After graduating from the local high school, Jorma attended the Finnish Orthodox Seminary, graduating in 1983 with a Master's degree in Theology. He continued his studies at the [[St. Petersburg Theological Academy|Leningrad Theological Academy]] in the Soviet Union and the University of Athens in Greece, before completing his postgraduate studies at the University of Joensuu.
While attending the Leningrad Academy Jorma was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]],and given the name Arseny. He was also [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]]. Returning to Finland, Dn. Arseny entered the [[New Valamo]] Monastery where he was ordained a [[hieromonk]] in 1986. While at New Valamo, Fr. Arseny was appointed [[abbot]] in 1989. In 1997, he was elevated to [[archimandrite]].
In October 2004, Archim. Arseny was elected Bishop of Joensuu, vicar of the Diocese of Karelia. He was installed in [[January 1]], 2005 at the [[cathedral]] in Kuopio.