Gerardus Gul

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Gerardus Gul
Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht
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Church Old Catholic Church
Archdiocese Utrecht
In office 1875-1892
Predecessor Johannes Heijkamp
Successor Franciscus Kenninck
Ordination 1870
Consecration May 11, 1892
by Casparus Johannes Rinkel
Personal details
Born (1847-10-27)October 27, 1847
Egmond aan Zee
Died 9 February 1920(1920-02-09) (aged 72)
Nationality Dutch
Denomination Old Catholic
Parents Jan Gul, Angel Tol

Gerardus Gul (1847–1920) was a bishop of the Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands and served as the seventeenth Archbishop of Utrecht.


After graduating from the Old Catholic seminary at Amersfoort in 1870, Gul was ordained a priest. He worked in Amsterdam (St. John and Willibrord), Zaandam (St. Mary Magdalene) and Utrecht (H. James). In 1886 he became pastor in Hilversum He was consecrated Archbishop of Utrecht on 11 May 1892. Many Old Catholics and Independent Catholics trace the lineage of their orders through him.

On 21 November 1897 at Bern, he was a co-consecrator of Antoni Kozlowski (pl) of Chicago to be a bishop for the Polish Catholic Church of America. The main consecrator was Eduard Herzog of the Swiss Christian Catholic Church; the other co-consecrator was the Theodor Weber of the Old Catholic Church of Germany. On 29 September 1907, at Utrecht, Gul was the main consecrator of Franciszek Hodur, from Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC), assisted by Johannes Jacobus van Thiel, Bishop of Haarlem, and Nicholas B. P. Spit, Bishop of Deventer. On 5 October 1909 he consecrated Jan Maria Michał Kowalski, the first Minister Generalis (Minister General) of the order of the Mariavites.

In 1908, the Union of Utrecht approved the establishment of a mission in Great Britain. On 28 April 1908, Gul consecrated Father Arnold Harris Mathew to be the first Old Catholic bishop in the United Kingdom. Assisting Gul were Bishop Johannes Jacobus van Thiel of Haarlem, Bishop Nicholas B. P. Spit of Deventer, and Bishop J. Demmel of Bonn, Germany.[1]


  1. ^ Henry R. T. Brandreth, Episcopi Vagantes and the Anglican Church 12 (Apocryphile Press 2006) (1947).

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Preceded by
Johannes Heykamp (de)
Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht
Succeeded by
Franciscus Kenninck (de)