Bishops' Conference of the Netherlands

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Map of the seven Roman Catholic dioceses in the Netherlands

The Bishops' Conference of the Netherlands is a permanent body within the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands which determines policies and directs the apostolic mission within the Netherlands. It is governed by bishops from around the country.


The Dutch Catholic Church has an archbishopric and six suffragan dioceses under it as well as a Military Ordinariate. An archbishop stands alone at the head of the archdiocese, but he is not the "boss" of his fellow bishops or their dioceses. Each diocese has a bishop (ordinary) and some dioceses also have one or more auxiliary bishops.

If the diocese is sede vacante, then a diocesan administrator is designated. This does not necessarily have to be a bishop and sometimes is the vicar-general. If a non-bishop is diocesan administrator, he will attend meetings of the bishops' conference, but is not a voting member.

The apostolic nuncio usually attends meetings of the Bishops' Conference, but he is not a member of it because he is not a bishop of a diocese within the Netherlands. The nuncio represents the Holy See.

The Netherlands Bishops' Conference is usually chaired by a bishop with the highest rank, such as the Archbishop, but this is not mandatory. When Wim Eijk took offices as archbishop of Utrecht in 2008, he chose not to assume the presidency, in order to have more time for his work as archbishop. Therefore, Ad van Luyn was the President and Frans Wiertz the Vice-President (the two 'seniores "among the seven bishops).

Today Wim Eijk is President and Frans Wiertz is Vice-President.

Members of the Bishops' Conference[edit]

Positions Within the Bishops' Conference[edit]

Policy Sectors[edit]

The Bishops Conference has established a nine policies which referent is still a bishop, assisted by a secretary.


In addition to the policies is a five thematic fields set, which is still a bishop referent.

Contact Persons[edit]

Former members[edit]

There are eight Emeritus Bishop, but Jan Gijsen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Roermond is missing from this list, since he last ruled a diocese that is not under the Dutch Catholic church province. There are also other Dutch bishops that a non-Dutch diocese boards.


The Secretariat of the Bishops Conference and the Dutch Church Province is conducted by the Secretariat of the Roman Catholic Communion (SRKK). The Secretariat is headed by a Secretary-General. Since June 2, 2012 this has been Rev. Mr. (deacon) Hans Nijhuis.

Leaders of the Bishops' Conference[edit]

Diocese Ordinary Auxiliary Bishop
Archdiocese of Utrecht Wim Eijk, (1953-06-22) June 22, 1953 (age 63) Ted Hoogenboom, (1960-08-27) August 27, 1960 (age 55)
Herman Woorts, (1963-11-12) November 12, 1963 (age 52)
Diocese of Breda Jan Liesen, (1960-09-17) September 17, 1960 (age 55) none
Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden Gerard de Korte, (1955-06-13) June 13, 1955 (age 61) none
Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam Jos Punt, (1946-01-10) January 10, 1946 (age 70) Jan Hendriks, (1954-11-17) November 17, 1954 (age 61)
Jan van Burgsteden, (1935-12-08) December 8, 1935 (age 80) (emeritus)
Diocese of 's-Hertogenbosch Antoon Hurkmans, (1944-08-03) August 3, 1944 (age 71) Rob Mutsaerts, (1958-05-22) May 22, 1958 (age 58)
Diocese of Roermond Frans Wiertz, (1942-12-02) December 2, 1942 (age 73) Everard de Jong, (1958-07-04) July 4, 1958 (age 58)
Diocese of Rotterdam Hans van den Hende, (1964-01-09) January 9, 1964 (age 52) none
Military Ordinariate of the Netherlands Jos Punt, (1946-01-10) January 10, 1946 (age 70) (apostolic administrator) none


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