The Reverend
 Gerard de Korte
Bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden
See Groningen
Enthroned 13 September 2008
Reign ended present
Predecessor Wim Eijk
Successor incumbent
Ordination 5 September 1987
Consecration 2 June 2001
Other Auxiliary bishop of Utrecht
Personal details
Birth name Gerard Johannes Nicolaus de Korte
Born 13 June 1955 (1955-06-13) (age 62)
Denomination Roman Catholic

Gerard Johannes Nicolaus de Korte (Vianen, 13 June 1955) is a Dutch Roman Catholic clergyman. He has been bishop of the diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden since 13 September 2008. Before that he was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Utrecht and dean of the deanery IJsellanden. His motto is Confidens in Christo (Trust in Christ).


The youngest of three children., he graduated in 1974 from the Alberdingk Thijmcollege in Hilversum. He studied history at the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht from 1974 to 1980. During this time De Korte got more interested in religion and the Church. While writing his final thesis he won certificates in Greek and Latin. He graduated in 1980. Soon after that he became a student at the Katholieke Theologische Universiteit in Utrecht. After graduation, he decided to study theology. In 1984 he became a seminarian at the Ariënskonvikt of the Archdiocese of Utrecht. He graduated from his theology studies in 1987. In 1994 he was promoted to doctor of theology on a thesis titled Priesthood of reconciliation. Possibilities and borders of the theology of the word, especially that of Eduard Thurneysen, for Catholic pastoral care.


Church career

Following his ordination to priest in 1987 he became a member of the staff of the Ariënskovikt seminary. he was also appointed as parish priest of the Cathedral of St. Catharina in Utrecht. From 1992 to 1999 he was rector of the Ariënskonvikt. In 1999 he was appointed to dean of Salland, which was merged with the deanery of Veluwe-Flevoland to form the deanery of IJsellanden. As such he was also a member of the bishop's council.

Pope John Paul II appointed Gerard de Korte as auxiliarty bishop of the Archdiocese of Utrecht on 11 April 2001 and as titular bishop of Caesarea in Mauritania. Cardinal Simonis also appointed him as diocesan vicar. His primary duty was in the fields of catechesis and liturgy. Within the conference of bishops he was responsible for Church and Society.

On 18 June 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of the diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden, succeeding Msgr. Eijk who had been made Archbishop of Utrecht earlier that year. De Korte was enthroned on 13 September 2008.

Styles of
Gerard de Korte
Mitre (plain)
Reference style The Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Episcopal succession

Episcopal Lineage
Consecrated by: Adrianus Johannes Simonis
Date of consecration: 2 June 2001


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Wim Eijk
Bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden
13 September 2001 – present

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