Rev Ása Björk Ólafsdótirr
Posted on 17. Oct, 2013, in Charity, Church of Ireland, Community1 Comment
The Rev Ása Björk Ólafsdótirr is an Icelandic woman who is the Church of Ireland rector for Christchurch in Dún Laoghaire.
The Revd. Ása (pron. Awsa) Bjőrk Ólafsdőttir is the Vicar of Dun Laoghaire and Diocesan Development Officer for the COI Archdiocese of Dublin and Glendalough. She is very strong on following Christ’s teaching to look out for and after your neighbour. She already works on a ‘food bus’ travelling around the area with meals for the homeless. People can get on the bus and have their meal in relative comfort. Rev Ása cooks hot meals herself and brings them around on the bus. She is also looking for ways to open a facility locally which will provide for homeless but also for those fallen on hard times.
Rev Ása Björk has a unique sincerity to her mission as a pastor and is in conversation here with Paul Loughlin PRO Soul Waves Radio about the financial crash and how it impacted Icelandic people in particular and how they reacted in such a magnanimous manner.
Both the Church of Ireland and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, in which the Rev Ása was ordained, are part of the Porvoo Communion, a fellowship of Anglican and Lutheran churches in northern Europe who celebrate their unity as churches and who share a common sacramental life and ministry through the Porvoo Declaration.
In “People started…”
Out “…and they did”
I remember a Travelling man say over thirty years ago: “I suppose we are all brothers and sisters in the Bible?”
In this wonderful interview with Paul Loughran the Revd. Ása bears this out in talking of caring for one another and how the people of Iceland did this in practice in reaching out across the Atlantic to sisters and by sending them knitted clothing in a harsh cold winter a few years ago. Thank you for inspiring words and actions.