Erik Varden O.C.S.O. was born on 13 May 1974 in Sarpsborg. He grew up at Degernes in Østfold, but left Norway early, and has lived much of his adult life in the UK where he has most of his education from.

He graduated from Atlantic College, Wales, in 1992, and holds a doctorate in church history from St. John's College in Cambridge.

In June 1993, he converted to the Catholic faith and was admitted to the full fellowship of the Catholic Church by Bernt Eidsvig, the current bishop of the Oslo Catholic Diocese, but at that time a novice pastor in Klosterneuburg.

On April 20, 2002, he entered the Cistercian monastery of Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, and was clothed on October 15 of that year. He made his temporary vows on October 1, 2004 and the eternal vows three years later, on October 6, 2007.

He began his studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome in October 2009, and holds a Licentiate degree from June 2011 with the dissertation The Ascesis of Compassion in the Vita Hypatii of Callinicos.

He was ordained a deacon in Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, England, by Malcolm McMahon OP, Bishop of Nottingham on September 9, 2010, and ordained a priest in Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, England, by Bishop McMahon on July 16, 2011.

On April 16, 2015, he was elected abbot of Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, where he changed the monastery's production from milk to beer. He has also written a number of articles, given several published lectures, most with patristic or liturgical topics, and in 2018 he published the book "The Shattering of Loneliness" (Norwegian edition: «Lengsel er mitt vesen – Om ensomhet og kristen erindring») which was very well received and is already regarded as a classic within its genre.

On October 1, 2019, Pope Francis I appointed him bishop-prelate of Trondheim and he was consecrated in Nidaros Cathedral on October 3, 2020.

e-post: Erik.Varden(at)
Sverres gate 1, 7012 Trondheim.

Lukas Stefan Lorf-Wollesen Can. Reg. er generalvikar i Midt-Norge Stift fra 1. mars 2020

Dom Lukas er født i Hamburg i Tyskland og kom til Norge og Bergen i 2005. Han tilhører augustinerkorherrenes kloster i Klosterneuburg, Østerrike og gjennomførte prestestudiene  på University of London. Han avga Can.Reg.vige løfter 28. august 2004, ble diakonviet 15. oktober 2005 i Klosterneuburg av biskop Gerhard Schwenzer SS.CC., og siden presteviet 22. april 2006 i Klosterneuburg av biskop Bernt Eidsvig Can.Reg.

Dom Lukas er til daglig skoleprest ved St. Paul gymnas i Bergen, rektor for St. Sunniva kapell, og sitter  i Oslo katolske bispedømmes finansråd. Som generalvikar fortsetter han å bo og jobbe i Bergen, men er til stede i Trondheim så ofte som mulig og ved nødvendighet.

E-mail: Lukas.Lorf-Wollesen(at)



Egil Mogstad was appointed parish priest in St. Olav parish, Trondheim 29. October 2015. P. Egil was born in 1948 in Trondheim. After completing his theological studies in Oslo in 1974 he was ordained priest in the Norwegian Lutheran Church and worked as assistant priest in Nidaros Cathedral, but after two years, in 1976, he left the protestant church and converted to Catholisism. He then spent four years in a Dominican Monastery in France. Poor health and uncertainty as to his calling to be a monk brought him back to Trondheim. For 32 years he worked at Trondheim Cathedral School, teaching French, Latin, history and religious studies. In addition he taught liturgical history and general liturgy at the conservatory at NTNU. He was ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church at Olsok 2013 and consecrated to the priesthood the following year.

For a more detailed article about p. Egil see here.




Waldemar Jachymczak was born september 27th 1980 in the Diocesis of Tarnów in Poland. He was ordained a priest in Tarnów on May 21, 2005, and was in the period September 2012 to September 2016 chaplain in Our Lady's parish in Ålesund, and traveled home to Poland when the bishop of Tarnów asked him to contribute to a parish in his home country.

From September 1st 2020, he is back in the diocese of Trondheim as chaplain in St. Olav parish, Trondheim (65% position)

Phone: 73808752 Mobile: 46950579
Email:  Waldemar.Jachymczak(at)



Father Marlo (which he would like to be called - a combination of the names Marcos and Marlo) was born November 10, 1965 in Dagupan, Philippines.

He was ordained a deacon in the Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan in 1997 and a priest of Balanga Bataan in December of the same year. He served for 9 years as a priest in Hong Kong, where he taught both to speak and write Chinese. After this he has been a priest in the Philippines, in the city of Binmaley in the northern province of Pangasinan.

In addition to Filipino and Chinese, he speaks English.

He came to Norway and Trondheim on October 10, 2018, and is parish chaplain of the Trondheim Foundation, with special responsibility for the philippines in the foundation.

Phone: 73808753  Mobile: 925280001


Unn Lindgard Madsø has been Chancellor of the Catholic Church in Trondheim Diocese since 2011. The office of chancellor is central to the Curia in Trondheim Diocese. The responsibilities cover a wide field. Unn administers the office for the bishop jointly with the Vicar General. Her responsibilities include the staff in the diocese, she is in charge of finances, wages and salaries for all priests and other employees and she looks after buildings and property of the diocese. Lade allé 18B, 7041 Trondheim;

Phone: 916 72 357

Per Albert Vold was appointed economist by Bishop Bernt Eidsvig for the Diocese of Trondheim on 14. august 2014. The appointment lasts for five years. Per Albert was educated at BI and has good experience with economy from the management of his own business. He is also responsible for St. Eystein bookshop in St. Olav Church in Trondheim.   


Ulf Schancke has been cantor in St. Olav Parish for 13 years altogether. As cantor he is responsible for the liturgical music. He is organist, he leads the church choir and he decides which Mass will be sung for each Sunday and Feast Day. Ulf is also a considerable composer, and has composed much of what we sing during Mass, for Introit, Eucharistic Communion Chant and some Responsorial Psalms.