Bishop Named for Reykjavik, Iceland

Slovakia-born Capuchin Has Been Serving There Since 2004

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Pope Francis has appointed Fr. David Tencer, O.F.M. Cap., as bishop of Reykjavik, Iceland.

He was born in Nova Bana, Slovakia, in 1963 and ordained a priest in 1986. He gave his solemn vows in 1994. He holds a licentiate in theology and has served as pastor in Holic, rector of the convent of Hrinova, and superior of the convent in Zilina.

He transferred to Iceland in 2004 where he has served as vicar of Stella Maris in Reykjavik, and is currently pastor of the parish of St. Þórlákur (Thorlak) in Reyðarfjörður.

He succeeds Bishop Peter Burcher, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law was accepted by the Holy Father.

The diocese has a population of nearly 326,000, some 11,500 of whom are Catholic. They are served by 15 priests and 37 religious.

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