Administration of the Roman Catholic Church in Iceland




The Diocese of Reykjavík belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. The head of the Catholic Church is His Holiness Pope Francis. Pope Francis was born December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires and baptized Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was ordained a priest December 13, 1969, appointed Cardinal February 21, 2001, elected pope March 13, 2013 and placed in the office of Bishop of Rome on March 19, 2013.





In the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden ) is the ambassador of Pope, Nuntius apostolicus, with residence in Stockholm. Now Archbishop James Patrick Green occupies the office. 

Archbishop Green was born in the United States May 30, 1950. Green studied for the priesthood and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on 15 May 1976. During his early years in the diplomatic service of the Holy See, he served in Papua New Guinea, Korea, the Netherlands, Spain, and the nunciature in Scandinavia (based in Copenhagen, Denmark). He then spent a year in Taiwan as chargé d'affaires before being brought to Rome in late 2002. Episcopal career Green was appointed Titular Archbishop of Altinum by Pope Benedict XVI on 17 August 2006 and that same day was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to South Africa and Namibia, and Apostolic Delegate to Botswana. He was consecrated bishop on 6 September 2006 by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano. That same day he was appointed Apostolic Delegate to Lesotho. On 23 September 2006 he was appointed Apostolic Delegate to Swaziland. On 15 October 2011 Green was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Peru. In April 2017 Archbishop James Patrick Green was appointed Apostolic Nuncio for the Nordic Countries.




The diocese of Reykjavík is headed by Dávid Bartimej Tencer, O.F.M.Cap. He was born on May 18, 1963 at Nová Baňa. Ordained priest on July 15, 1986 in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, for the diocese of Banská Bystrica, he was supply parish priest at Hriňova and later curate priest at Zvolen. He became parish administrator in Sklenné Teplice in 1989 and in 1990 in Podkonice.

He asked his bishop to release him so that he could enter the Capuchin Order and in 1990 he started his novitiate. He made his first religious profession on 1991 at Podkonice. In 1992 he began his studies of Franciscan spirituality at Antonianum in Rome which he finished with a license in theology in 1994. He made solemn profession in the Church of Nativity on August 28, 1994 of Saint John Baptist in Kremnické Bane – Johanesberg.

After his return from Rome he was parish administrator in Holíč, master of Postulants and member of provincial’s council. In 1996 he was transferred to Rat icov vrch at Hriňova, as superior in this convent until 2003 and till 2000 still master of postulates. Starting from the scholastic year 2001/02 till 2004 he taught homiletics in the Seminary in Badin and spiritual theology. As superior of the fraternity in Žilina in 2003 until 2004 he was teaching spiritual theology in the Institute of Saint Thomas of Aquin in Žilina.

He came to Iceland in 2004 and was appointed parish vicar in Stella Maris parish in Reykjavik and started to learn Icelandic. In 2007 he was appointed parish priest in St. Thorlac parish in Reyðarfjörður. He was also a member of the Presbyteral Council and of the Collegium Consultorum of the Diocese of Reykjavik, before he was chosen as Bishop of Reykjavik.

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