In October/November, Pastor Georg Bauer and
Pastor Luigi Mussa came to the Faroe Islands on the ship
“Fortuna”, captained by Jens Christian Andreasson
Pastor Bauer bought a house from Christian Holm at Rættará, Tórshavn.
The church was
complete in June and 70 people participated at the service.
A few days
later a Confirmation took place in the church.
Pastor Bauer left the Faroes and other Catholic priests served the
small Catholic community on the islands.
The mission was closed when the last priest left the
The last priest visited the remaining Catholic at Hvítanes where Mass was
celebrated in a small hut which served as a chapel. She died shortly
Cardinal Van Rossum visited the Faroe Islands while en route to Iceland to
consecrate the Catholic Cathedral in Reykjavik. Moved by the plight of the
Faroese people at that time and saddened by the absence of the Catholic
Church on the islands, he spoke to two young, newly ordained priests when
he returned to Rome: Pastor E. G. Boekenoogen (Holland) and Pastor Thomas
King (Scotland). He also spoke to the Superior General of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (Franciskanasystrarnar), an international
institute whose mission is to live in international community in the
spirit of Mary and of St. Francis of Assisi, and to go wherever the Church
is least present, preferably to the poorest.
1931 – In
April, two Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
came to Tórshavn on the ship, “Dr.Alexandrina”. One of them was Sr.
Ansgaria, a Danish sister who had been called back from her work in China
to help establish the community on the islands.The two priests arrived a
month later. Five more FMM arrived afterwards. They rented
accommodation from the Klett family in Bringsnagøta, Tórshavn and
established a school and kindergarten in response to the needs of the
The FMM and the Diocese of Copenhagen (Denmark, Faroes and
Greenland) bought a stretch of land in the locality of the present town
park, Tórshavn, with the aim of constructing a presbytery, a church, a
school, kindergarten and creche.
The new Catholic church in Varðagøta was consecrated on 19
November, and the school was blessed a few weeks later, on 8 December.
About 60 people attended the service. Construction work continued and, in
time, the creche and kindergarten were also completed. For a short while
in the early sixties, there were 23 sisters in the Faroes.
The FMM moved from the school to the new convent, “Kerit”, in
In April, the school was handed over to the Town
“Mariukirkjan”, the new Catholic Church in Mariugøta was
There are 120 Catholics in the Faroe Islands of 23
different nationalities. There are six FMM from four countries: Belgium,
Ireland, Malta and Korea.