John Willem Gran

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John Willem Nicolaysen Gran OCSO (born April 5, 1920 in Bergen , † March 20, 2008 in Paris ) was Roman Catholic Bishop of Oslo from 1964 to 1983.


Gran converted to Catholicism in 1941 . He did his military service during the Second World War, first in London , then in Norway, including in the Akershus fortress . Between 1946 and 1947 he worked as an assistant director for Norwegian film. In 1949, however, he entered the Trappist Monastery of Caldey Island and was ordained a priest there on May 21, 1957 . Two years later he was sent to Rome to study theology . In 1962 he was appointed by Pope John XXIII. appointed coadjutor bishop with succession right in Oslo and titular bishop of Raphia . He was ordained bishop on March 24, 1963 by his predecessor Jacob Mangers ; Co- consecrators were Johannes Theodor Suhr , Bishop of Copenhagen, and Johann Wember , Vicar Apostolic of Northern Norway. In 1983, his resignation was granted by John Paul II .

He was the only Norwegian participant in Vatican II . Bishop Gran was chairman of the Nordic Bishops' Conference from 1978 to 1986 .


  • A Hand on My Shoulder: Memoirs of John Willem Gran: Set of Two. Cistercian Publ. 2004, ISBN 0879073535 .
  • A Hand on My Shoulder: Monk and Bishop. Cistercian Publ. 2004, ISBN 0879073411 .

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predecessor Office successor
Jacob Mangers SM Bishop of Oslo
Gerhard Schwenzer SSCC