Diocese of Skálholt

Skálholt was the estate of the first bishop in Iceland, Isleifr Gizurarson, who became bishop in 1056. (Christianity had been formally adopted in 1000). His son, Gizurr, donated it to become the official see. The Diocese was amalgamated in 1801, and now forms part of the Diocese of Reykjavik.[1][2]

There is still a current Bishop of Skálholt, as it is now a Suffragan See (Anglican/Lutheran sense) in the Reykjavik diocese.[3]

Roman Catholic

Residential Catholic bishops

Catholic titular see

In 1968, the former Catholic bishopric was nominally revived as a titular see.


The Diocese was amalgamated in 1801 and now forms part of the Diocese of Reykjavik.

Suffragan bishopric

The see was discontinued from 1801 to 1909. It was revived in 1909 as a suffragan bishopric to the Bishop of Iceland,[6] with the bishop's cathedra in the traditional Skálholt cathedral church. In 1990 fresh legislation increased the authority and responsibilities of the Bishop of Skálholt as an assistant bishop in the Reykjavik diocese.[6]

The current Bishop of Skálholt is Kristján Valur Ingólfsson.

See also


Source and external link

  1. http://nat.is/travelguideeng/plofin_skalholt.htm
  2. http://www.jeanscape.com/skalholt/
  3. http://www.skalholt.is/en/skalholtsstadur/
  4. http://jerichotree.com/2016/04/23/pope-francis-appoints-fr-paul-mason-as-new-auxiliary-bishop-to-southwark-diocese/
  5. http://skalholt.is/frodleikur/biskupar/
  6. 1 2 Hugason, Hjalti (1993). Together in Mission and Ministry: The Porvoo Common Statement, With, Essays on Church and Ministry in Northern Europe (Section: Episcopacy in our churches - Iceland) (First ed.). Church House Publishing. ISBN 0715157507.
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