Blessed Ísleifur Gissurarson of Skálholt



The son of Gissur Teitsson, one of the first Christians in Iceland, and Þórdís Þóroddsdóttir. Married to Dalla Þorvaldsdóttir, they had three sons, including the future Bishop Gissur Ísleifsson. Following studies in Herford, Germany, he was ordained a priest. First bishop in Iceland, consecrated in 1056, and serving the remaining 24 years of his life. He built the cathedral of Skálholt, founded the first religious school, and got the Church establish in Iceland.



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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ísleifur Gissurarson of Skálholt“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 March 2020. Web. 4 June 2020. <>