Reykjavik Diocese, Reykjavíkurbiskupsdæmi

Selfoss Catholic Church ground breaking

On the First day of summer in Iceland, April 20th 2023, Mass and the ground breaking ceremony of a Catholic church in Selfoss took place.

Bishop David Tencer held a Mass together with several priests in the old house of the congregation in Selfoss, where Sunday Masses and catechism have taken place. At the end of the Mass, the cornerstone of the new church was blessed.

After the Mass, those present walked to Móavegur in Selfoss, where the new church will be built. The mayor of the municipality of Árborg, Fjóla Steindóra Kristinsdóttir gave a speech on this occasion, and after that Bishop David Tencer turned the first sod.

The Catholic community in Iceland had waited a long time for the laying of the foundation stone. So there was great joy when the news finally came at the beginning of March that the building permit had been granted. The construction of the new church is funded by the construction aid of the Bonifatiuswerk with a sum of 541,500 €. Construction work is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

On this occasion, the Catholic Church in Iceland would like to convey its sincere gratitude to Bonifatiuswerk and other benefactors who have provided funding for the church building in Selfoss.


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