Anders Arborelius

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His Excellency
Anders Arborelius
Bishop of Stockholm
President of the Scandinavian Bishops Conference
Church Roman Catholic
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockholm
Appointed 17 November 1998
Installed 29 December 1998
Predecessor Hubertus Brandenburg
Ordination 8 September 1979
by Hubertus Brandenburg
Consecration 29 December 1998
by Hubertus Brandenburg
Personal details
Born (1949-09-24) 24 September 1949 (age 67)
Sorengo, Switzerland
Nationality  Swede
Motto In Laudem Gloriae
Coat of arms

The Right Reverend Anders Arborelius, O.C.D. (born 24 September 1949) became the Roman Catholic bishop of Stockholm in 1998.

Early life and ordination[edit]

Arborelius was born in Sorengo, Switzerland, of Swedish parents, and grew up in Lund in southern Sweden. He converted to Catholicism at the age of 20 and entered the Discalced Carmelites. He studied in Bruges and Rome and was ordained a priest in 1979.


On 17 November 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed Arborelius Bishop of Stockholm and he was consecrated on 29 December 1998 by Bishop Hubert Brandenburg.[1] When he succeeded Brandenburg as the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockholm (currently the only Roman Catholic diocese in Sweden and covering the entire country) in 1998, he became the first ethnic Swede and second Scandinavian Roman Catholic bishop since the Reformation. (Most Roman Catholics in Scandinavia since the Reformation, particularly among the clergy, have been immigrants or of immigrant descent such as German, Dutch, Polish, and Italian.) Arborelius takes part in the documentary The Indian Priest about Indian missionary priest Raphael Curian from 2015.


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