Anders Wejryd

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The Most Reverend
Anders Wejryd
Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden
Anders Wejryd at the Göteborg Book Fair 2011
Province Church Province of Sweden
Diocese Diocese of Uppsala
Elected 30 March 2006
Installed 2 September 2006
Predecessor Karl Gustav Hilding Hammar
Orders
Ordination 17 December 1972 (priest)
Consecration 17 December 1995[1]
Personal details
Birth name Anders Harald Wejryd
Born (1948-08-08) 8 August 1948 (age 65)
Falköping, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Denomination Church of Sweden
Parents Harald and Birgitta (née Lagher) Wejryd
Spouse Kajsa Wejryd (née Malmfors)
Children 3
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Alma mater Uppsala University
Motto
  • Parate viam Domini
  • (Prepare the Way of the Lord)

Anders Harald Wejryd (born 8 August 1948 in Falköping) is a Swedish Lutheran clergyman. Having been Bishop of Växjö since 1995, he was elected Archbishop of Uppsala and primate of the Church of Sweden in March 2006 and took office in September of the same year.

Wejryd studied at Uppsala University, where he received his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1972. In the same year, he was ordained priest in Västerås. He has served as priest in Västerås, Munktorp and Arboga, and was vicar of the parish Munktorp-Odensvi from 1978 to 1985, and vicar of Arboga parish and rural dean of the deanery Köping-Arboga from 1985 to 1987. In the 1980s, he continued part-time doctoral studies, doing research on Nathan Söderblom's missionary work until 1987, when his new job left him no time to continue. From 1987 to 1995 he was director of Ersta diakonisällskap (a church-connected foundation in Stockholm running a small hospital, social care activities and a nursing college), before becoming Bishop of Växjö in 1995, and Archbishop of Uppsala in 2006.

Election to Archbishop[edit]

Wejryd was the first Archbishop to be elected after the separation of the Church of Sweden from the state on January 1, 2000. This meant that the Government of Sweden had no role in his appointment. In the preliminary election on February 8, 2006, he received 33% of the votes among 14 candidates (of which only eight received any votes at all). In the first round of voting on March 15, six candidates remained, and Wejryd received a plurality of votes, 44.6%, but not an absolute majority, with Ragnar Persenius as runner-up at 30.8%. A second round of voting between Wejryd and Persenius was arranged on March 30, where Wejryd received 176 votes (58.1%) against 127 for Persenius.

Activities as Archbishop[edit]

Wejryd took up his office on September 2, 2006. He met with Pope Benedict XVI in March 2007. In June 2010, he officiated at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.[2]

Religious titles
Preceded by
Karl Gustav Hilding Hammar
Archbishop of Uppsala
Lutheran Primate of Sweden

2006–2014
Succeeded by
Antje Jackelén

References[edit]

  • CV of Anders Wejryd at the Church of Sweden official website.
  • Press release at the Church of Sweden official website on Wejryd's election as new archbishop, dated 30 March 2006.