Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Utrecht

The Archdiocese of Utrecht (Latin: Archidioecesis Ultraiectensis) is an archdiocese of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. The Archbishop of Utrecht is the Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical province of Utrecht. There are six suffragan dioceses in the province: Breda, Groningen-Leeuwarden, Haarlem-Amsterdam, Roermond, Rotterdam, and 's-Hertogenbosch. The cathedral church of the archdiocese is Saint Catherine Cathedral which replaced the prior cathedral, Saint Martin Cathedral, after it was taken by Protestants in the Reformation.

Archdiocese of Utrecht

Archidioecesis Ultraiectensis

Aartsbisdom Utrecht
TerritoryParts of the provinces Utrecht, Overijssel, Gelderland, and Flevoland[1]
Coordinates52°05′15″N 5°07′27″E
Area10,000 km2 (3,900 sq mi)[2]
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
752,000 (18.5%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite[2]
Established4 March 1853[2]
CathedralSaint Catherine's Cathedral[3]
Patron saintSaint Willibrord
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopWim Eijk[2][4]
Auxiliary BishopsTheodorus Cornelis Maria Hoogenboom
Herman Willebrordus Woorts
Bishops emeritusAdrianus Johannes Simonis Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus (1983-2007)
Johannes Antonius de Kok Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1982-2005)

The location of the Archdiocese of Utrecht in the Netherlands


In the Middle Ages, the bishops of Utrecht were also prince-bishops of the Holy Roman Empire. The diocese, founded in 695, was suppressed after 1580 owing to the rise of Protestantism.

The Dutch Mission in various forms took care of the spiritual needs of Catholics in the former diocese of Utrecht until the modern archdiocese was established in 1853.

List of bishops


Source: Radboud University Library.[5]

Auxiliary bishops

See also


  1. (in Dutch) Achtergronden aartsbisdom. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  2. Archdiocese of Utrecht. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  3. (in Dutch) De Kathedraal. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  4. (in Dutch) Aartsbisschop. Retrieved on 2009-10-13.
  5. "Lijst van Nederlandse bisschoppen sinds 1853". (in Dutch). Nijmegen: Radboud Universiteit. Katholiek Documentatie Centrum. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
  6. "Bishop Goswin Haex von Loenhout, O. Carm." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  7. "Bishop Godefridus Yerwerd, O.S.B." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  8. "Bishop Bonaventura Engelbertz van Oldenzeel, O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  9. "Bishop Nicolas Van Nienlant" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
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