Roman Catholic Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam

The Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam (Dutch: Bisdom Haarlem-Amsterdam, Latin: Dioecesis Harlemensis-Amstelodamensis) is a Latin diocese of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. As one of the seven suffragans in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Utrecht, the diocesan territory comprises the north west of the Netherlands, including the cities of Haarlem (capital of Noord Holland) and Amsterdam (in the same province and Dutch nominal national capital).

Monsignor Jozef Marianus Punt has been the Bishop of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam since 2001.

Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam

Dioecesis Harlemensis-Amstelodamensis

Bisdom Haarlem-Amsterdam
Kathedraal St. Bavo, Leidsevaart, Haarlem
Country Netherlands
TerritoryNorth Holland, Southern Flevoland
Metropolitan Utrecht
Area2,912 km2 (1,124 sq mi)[1]
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
456,700 (15.6%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established4 March 1853[1]
CathedralCathedral of Saint Bavo
Patron saintSaints Nicholas, Bavo, Willibrord
Secular priests162
Current leadership
BishopJozef Marianus Punt[2]
Metropolitan ArchbishopWillem Jacobus Eijk
Auxiliary BishopsJohannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks
Vicar GeneralJohannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks
Bishops emeritusJohannes Gerardus Maria van Burgsteden,SSS Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (2000–2011)
Location of the diocese in the Netherlands

Location of the diocese in the Netherlands


The diocese was founded on 12 May 1559, on territory (central and North Holland) canonically split off from the Diocese of Utrecht, which was simultaneously promoted to archbishopric and became its Metropolitan. In 1592 (during the Eighty Years War, during which the Spanish crown lost Holland) it was suppressed, and its territory was immediately included in the new Dutch Mission sui iuris 'Batavia', soon promoted an Apostolic vicariate.

In 1833, the diocese was restored as (pre-diocesan) Apostolic Administration of Haarlem, which was on 4 March 1853 promoted as Diocese of Haarlem.

On 16 July 1955, it lost territories, to the existing Diocese of Breda, and to establish the Diocese of Groningen and Diocese of Rotterdam.

In 2001, monsignor Jozef Marianus (Jos) Punt became the Bishop of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam.

On 7 October 2008, it was renamed as Diocese of Haarlem–Amsterdam.

On 25 October 2011, it was made known that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the resignation of Bishop Johannes Gerardus Maria van Burgsteden, as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese. Monsignor Johannes Maria Willibrordus Hendriks was appointed as the new auxiliary bishop.

Special churches

The cathedral episcopal see of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam is the Cathedral of Saint Bavo, a minor basilica in Haarlem, which city also has two former cathedrals: Saint Joseph Church and Saint Bavo Church (now a Protestant church). Other minor basilicas in the diocese are Basilica of Saint John the Baptist in Laren and Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Amsterdam, both in the province of North Holland.[3]


In 2013, the diocese pastorally served 462,000 Catholics (15.8% of 2,915,000 total) on 2,912 km² in 145 parishes, with 194 priests (161 diocesan, 33 religious), 54 deacons, 557 lay religious (81 brothers, 476 sisters).[1]


(all Roman Rite)

Suffragan Bishops of Haarlem (first diocese)[1]
Suffragan Bishops of Haarlem (modern diocese)[1]
  • Franciscus Josefus van Vree (1853–1861)
  • Gerardus Petrus Wilmer (1861–1877)
  • Pieter Matthijs Snickers (1877–1883)
  • Caspar Josefus Martinus Bottemanne (1883–1903)
  • Augustinus Josefus Callier (1903–1928)
  • Johannes Dominicus Josephus Aengenent (1928–1935)
  • Johannes Petrus Huibers (1935–1960)
  • Joannes Antonius Eduardus van Dodewaard (1960–1966)
  • Theodorus Henricus Johannes Zwartkruis (1966–1983)
  • Hendrik Joseph Alois Bomers (1983–1998)
  • Jozef Marianus Punt (2001–present)


  1. ^ a b c d e f David M. Cheney, "Diocese of Haarlem–Amsterdam",, 11 April 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Bisdominformatie", Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Haarlem–Amsterdam",, 18 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.

External links

Coordinates: 52°22′35″N 4°37′20″E / 52.3765°N 4.6221°E

Cathedral of St Bavo, Haarlem

The Cathedral of Saint Bavo is a cathedral in Haarlem, the Netherlands, built by Joseph Cuypers from 1895 to 1930 to replace the former waterstaatskerk in the Jansstraat called the St. Joseph. That church was itself a replacement for the Sint-Bavokerk, that had been converted to Protestantism from Catholicism in 1578. The Cathedral of Saint Bavo now serves as the main cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam. Within the Cathedral, the former sacristy has been converted into a small museum (schatkamer) containing historical artefacts from Haarlem's Catholic past.

Church of Saint John the Baptist (Pijnacker)

The church of Saint John the Baptist (or as written by the parish H. Joannes de Dooper or as a variant in Dutch Sint Johannes de Doper) is a Roman Catholic church in Pijnacker in the Netherlands.

The church is cruciform and built in the neo-Romanesque style. It was built in 1892 and is the work of architect, Adrianus Bleijs.

When built it was within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Haarlem which was later renamed the Roman Catholic Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam. When diocesan boundaries were redrawn it became part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rotterdam. It The name of the church has several variations. The parish website officially shows it as "H. Joannes de Dooper," (with no "h" and with two "o"s) but others list it as Heilige (or Sint) Johannes de Doper (with an "h" and with only one "o.")

Above the entrance door of the church is found a bas-relief showing the baptism of Jesus by John.

The organ was built in 1899 by P.J. Adema and Sons.The church is a registered national monument along with the attached presbytery.

Grote Kerk, Haarlem

The Grote Kerk or St.-Bavokerk is a Reformed Protestant church and former Catholic cathedral located on the central market square (Grote Markt) in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Another Haarlem church called the Cathedral of Saint Bavo now serves as the main cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam.

Johannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks

Monsignor Johannes Willibrordus Maria (Jan) Hendriks was appointed the Auxiliary Bishop-elect of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam in 2011 and assigned the titular see of Arsacal.

Joseph Frans Lescrauwaet

Joseph Frans Lescrauwaet, M.S.C. (19 June 1923 – 19 November 2013) was a Dutch prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.

Lescrauwaet was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands and was ordained a priest on 12 September 1948 from religious order of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Lescrauwaet was appointed auxiliary bishop of Diocese of Haarlem on 19 October 1983 as well as Titular Bishop of Turres Concordiae and was ordained bishop on 14 January 1984. Lescrauwaet resigned as auxiliary bishop of Haarlem on 22 March 1995.


Zeeland (; Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzeːlɑnt] (listen), Zeelandic: Zeêland [ˈzɪə̯lɑnt], historical English exonym Zealand) is the westernmost and least populous province of the Netherlands. The province, located in the south-west of the country, consists of a number of islands and peninsulas (hence its name, meaning "Sealand") and a strip bordering Belgium. Its capital is Middelburg. Its area is about 2,930 square kilometres (1,130 sq mi), of which almost 1,140 square kilometres (440 sq mi) is water, and it has a population of about 380,000.

Large parts of Zeeland are below sea level. The last great flooding of the area was in 1953. Tourism is an important economic activity. In the summer, its beaches make it a popular destination for tourists, especially German tourists. In some areas, the population can be two to four times higher during the high summer season. The coat of arms of Zeeland shows a lion half-emerged from water, and the text luctor et emergo (Latin for "I struggle and emerge"). The country of New Zealand was named after Zeeland after it was sighted by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman.

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