| Roman Catholic|
December 29, 1998
In Laudem Gloriae
September 8, 1979
29 December 1998
November 17, 1998
| 24 September 1949 (age 66)
Sorengo, Switzerland (1949-09-24) |
Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockholm
Anders Arborelius Wikipedia
Anders Arborelius, O.C.D., ([ˈanːdəʂ ˌarbʊˈreːlɪɵs]) (born 24 September 1949) is a Swedish Catholic bishop. He has been the Bishop of Stockholm since 1998. Pope Francis made him a Cardinal, the first ever from Sweden, on 28 June 2017.
Arborelius was born on 24 September 1949 in Sorengo, Switzerland, to Swedish parents, and grew up in Lund in Scania. He was raised as a Lutheran and always showed a lot of interest in the contemplative life, saying, "I always had this longing for a life of prayer and silent adoration." After a year-and-a-half-long process, he observed, "Truth has been given to me through the Catholic faith,” and converted to Catholicism at the age of 20.
At first, following his conversion, he desired to be a diocesan priest, but, after reading Saint Thérèse of Lisieux's autobiography (The Story of a Soul), he wanted to be a member of the Discalced Carmelites. In 1971, two years after he became Catholic, he entered the Carmelite order at the Norraby monastery. In 1977, Arborelius took his perpetual vows in Bruges, Belgium, where he then obtained his degree in philosophy and theology. He also studied modern languages at Lund University. After obtaining his doctoral degree at the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum in Rome, he was ordained as a priest in Malmö on 8 September 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. When he succeeded Brandenburg as the Bishop of Stockholm—the only Catholic diocese in Sweden, comprising the entire country—he became the first ethnic Swede and only the second Scandinavian Catholic bishop since the Protestant Reformation. Most Catholics in Sweden since the Reformation, particularly among the clergy, have been immigrants or of immigrant descent from all over Europe (but especially Eastern Europe) and from the Middle East, as well as Arabs and Armenians of various Catholic rites. Additionally, there are converts from various backgrounds, including some Protestant ministers, who have become part of the Catholic community in his diocese.
Arborelius took part in The Indian Priest (2015), a documentary film about Indian missionary priest Raphael Curian.
On 21 May 2017, Pope Francis announced he would make Arborelius the first Swedish cardinal. Arborelius became a cardinal on 28 June 2017.