Ad van Luyn

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His Excellency

Adrianus van Luyn,

Bishop Emeritus of Rotterdam
Bishop Ad van Luyn speaking to children who are about to have their Confirmation
Bishop Ad van Luyn 4 June 2010
ChurchRoman Catholic
Installed12 February 1994
Term ended14 January 2011
PredecessorRonald Philippe Bär
SuccessorJohannes Harmannes Jozefus van den Hende
Ordination9 February 1964
Consecration12 February 1994
Personal details
Birth nameAdrianus Herman van Luyn
Born (1935-08-10) 10 August 1935 (age 83)
Groningen, Netherlands
DenominationRoman Catholic

Adrianus Herman (Ad) van Luyn, SDB, (born 10 August 1935) is a Dutch prelate of the Catholic Church. He was the Bishop of Rotterdam from 1994 to 2011 and President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community from 2006 to 2011.

Early life and ordination[edit]

Van Luyn was born in Groningen and attended the seminary of the Salesians in Ugchelen. He made his religious vows in 1954. He studied theology at the Salesian Pontifical University in Turin. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1964 by Giuseppe Beltrami, apostolic nuncio to the Netherlands.

He was provincial superior of the Salesians in the Netherlands from 1975 to 1971. He taught for a time at the Salesians' school attached to the Don Rua monastery in 's-Heerenberg.[1]


Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of Rotterdam on 27 November 1993 and he was installed in 12 February 1994.

From 2008 to 2011 he was President of the Dutch Episcopal Conference. His motto is Collabora Evangelio.

From 2000 to 2006 he was Vice-President and from 2006 to 2011 he was President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community. In that role in October 2009 he welcomed the Irish vote ratifying the Treaty of Lisbon. He said that the treaty would improve communication between the institutions of the European Community (EC) and that the specific assurances given to Ireland would help protect "the right to life, the protection of family and the right of parents to educate their children" throughout the EC.[2]

Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation on 14 January 2011.[3]


  1. ^ "Child sex abuse: Catholic church leader admits he knew". RNW. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ "Commission praises outcome of Ireland vote". Zenit. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 14.01.2011" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ronald Philippe Bär
Bishop of Rotterdam
1994 – 2011
Succeeded by
Johannes Harmannes Jozefus van den Hende