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FROM ANTHONY WRIGHT OTTAWA Catholics in the past few days have been meeting a Bishop whose father was for 20 years the only Catholic in Iceland, never able to see a priest and therefore never hearing Mass or receiving the sacraments.

Bishop Johannes Gunnarsson went to Canada's capital to ordain four members of the


Stations of the Cross, from St. Helen's. Great Crosby. Liverpool, conducted by Fr. Christopher Maguire. Sunday, March 11. 1.30 p.m. General Overseas (short waves 19 and 25).

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Holy Week and its Liturgy, ilk b■ Mgr. Canon Coilingwood with music recorded by he Westminster Cathedral Choir. Tuesday. March 13. 3 p.m. Home.

RADIO El REANN High Mass from St. Patrick's College, Maynooth. Sunday. march 11. 9 a.m.

Reading from the Old Testament. Excerpts from Mgr. Knox's translation of " Jeremias." Sunday. March 11. 7.20 p.m. Lenten Talks. " Christ before Pilate" by Fr. Francis Cremin. Sunday, March 11. 9.45 p.m.


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Company of Mary (Montfort Fathers). He is a member of

the same congregation.

His father, Gunnar Einarson, was the son cif a Lutheran member of the

Icelandic Government, Einar Amundson, who had given hospitality to a French priest, Fr. Beaudoin, when he visited Iceland for the benefit of French fishermen in 1857.

Gunnar received his father's approval to be instructed in the Faith by Er. Beaudoin. He later went to the Jesuit college in Copenhagen, became a Catholic there. and then he returned to Iceland.

He started a lay apostolate which produced at least one Catholic-his wife.


The young couple later welcomed Danish priests. who re-established the Church in the island; and in 1903 the Holy See gave the Company of Mary the mission to look after the spiritual needs of Icelandic Catholics.

Bishop Johannes was one of six children. Now he is Iceland's Vicar Apostolic.

His father was still living-he was then 90--when his eon was consecrated Bishop in Washington in 1943. Meanwhile. the old pioneer had been created a Knight of St. Gregory.

Bishop Gunnarsson has in his care 500 Catholics, four religious communities, two Catholic hospitals and three schools serving both Catholics and Protestant children.

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