Pope Francis names new military bishop of The Netherlands

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A new Military bishop for The Netherlands appointed today by Pope Francis.
Mgr. Punt had also been an Apostolic Administrator of the Military Ordinariate since April 1, 1995. Mgr. Everard de Jong now succeeds in this position. The role of the Military Bishop in the Netherlands is a part-time function, which is usually performed by one of the Dutch bishops in addition to their other duties.
Mgr. De Jong, therefore, remains assistant bishop of the diocese of Roermond and pastor of the parish cluster in Maastricht-East. He will also continue to live in Maastricht.

Mgr. Everard de Jong was born on July 4, 1958, in Eindhoven. After a technical study, he started his priest training in 1976 at the major seminary Rolduc in Kerkrade. In 1983 he was ordained a priest in Roermond. After an additional study of philosophy in Rome and Washington, he held various pastoral positions in the diocese of Roermond. In December 1998 Mgr. De Jong appointed auxiliary bishop of Roermond. At the end of last year, at his own request, he was also appointed pastor of five parishes in Maastricht. For a long time, he was a sponsor of education, catechesis, and youth within the Dutch Bishops’ Conference.
He is currently the bishop’s preference for categorical pastoral care (care and justice). In addition to his new position as Army Bishop, he continues to fulfill these duties.
The appointment as an apostolic administrator of the Military Ordinariate will take effect on 1 June 2020.