Heine Havreki

Heini Jonsson Havregster, Danish: Heine Johnsen Havreke, Faroese: Heini Jónsson, called Havreki " Heini the castaway " (? * 1514 ( ) in Bergen, Norway, † 1576 in Radøy ) was a Norwegian and Faroese pastor.

In 1541 he was ordained after the Reformation to the Faroe Islands (1538 /39) was the first Protestant minister in Nes ( Eysturoy ). 1557-1566 he was the first dean of the Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands after the diocese was laid down and fell on mountains.

The Faroese naval hero Magnus Heinason is a son of Heini Havreki, and also many modern Faroese proudly look back on a descent from him.

Life and work

Heini Havreki was supposedly the son of the Icelandic Catholic priest Jon Haraldson ( 1480 -? ), Who settled in Bergen. Against this theory is the fact that Heini is not Icelandic, but rather a Dutch or German first name.

He was married to Herborg from Húsavík († 1542). They had the son Jógvan Heinason (1541-1602, later Løgmaður the Faroe Islands ) and the daughter Herborg (* 1542). When his wife died Herborg, he married about 1545 Norwegian gyri Arnbjørnsdatter, with whom he had the son Magnus Heinason ( 1545-1589 ), who is still revered as a national hero in the Faroe Islands.

It is said that the young Bergen Theologiestundent Heini Havreki wanted to take a trip in a rowing boat along with six other students. Then a storm came up, and they drove out into open sea. Soon the victuals went zuneige, and the men went visibly worse. In the seventh night they finally reached Húsavík on the island Sandoy that belongs to the Faroe Islands. With his last strength Heini dragged his comrades on land. They were found in the dawn of a young woman named Herborg, which established them as a horse stable accommodation. One of the men died, and the other five took the first ship back to Norway. Heini but remained at Herborg in the Faroe Islands.

It also circulate other stories showing that Heini was stranded in Nes on Eysturoy or on the northern islands. The people of Nes tell that he was the only survivor on board and a vow, in the place of his rescue to build a church and then on to serve God. His comrades should not have survived the shipwreck and be buried in Nes. The story is said to have taken place in 1530. The old church of Nes he is said to have built at the nearest convenient location, and the wood for this he received from relatives in Norway.

Maybe he was quite normal with a merchant ship from Bergen, and the story of the castaways, who found his bride, is only a fairy tale. There is a receipt for a wood supply from August 2, 1533, where he is mentioned as a parish priest of the island Streymoy. In 1534 he was deputy ( famulus ) of the last Catholic bishop Ámundur Olavsson in Kirkjubøur. In 1538 he became a priest for Eysturoy, but without there having his official residence.

As Assistant to the Bishop Heini Havreki was everywhere in the Faroe Islands on the way and also spread the news of the Reformation in other countries. When she reached the Faroes on Bergen 1538, Bishop Ámundur 1539 was deposed by the Norwegian king.

Heini Havreki was consecrated by Eysturoy to Ólavsøka (July 29 ) in 1541 from the new Lutheran superintendent Jens Riber to the Protestant pastor. The Church of Nes became the first Protestant church in the country. The community still exists today, see Fríðrikskirkjan.

1551 Heini Havreki was appointed by Bishop Riber his deputy before the diocese Faroe Islands in 1557 became part of the diocese of Bergen and was downgraded to a provost, based in Nes. Heini was Havreki Ribes successor and the first Faroese Provost (up to 1566). It was not until 1963, the office of provost was raised in the Faroe Islands to the Deputy Bishop, 1990, the diocese Faroe restored, and founded in 2007 the Faroese People's Church as an independent state church.

1566 Heini Havreki went back to Norway, where he received a separate parish in Radøy and died ten years later.

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