Gijsen, Joannes

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Gijsen, Joannes Gender: M
Joannes Baptist Matthijs Gijsen
born on 7 October 1932 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Oeffelt, Netherlands, 51n41, 5e56
Timezone LST m4e53 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Schepel
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 13°50' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 19°55 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 02°47'

Joannes Gijsen (1982)
photo: Rob C. Croes / Anefo, license cc-by-sa-4.0


Dutch bishop of Roermond and Reykjavík.

He was ordained as priest on 6 April 1957 in Roermond. He worked two years as a chaplain in Valkenburg. He studied church history in Tilburg and Bonn. In 1964 he dissertated on Nikolaus Heyendaal, the abbot of Rolduc.

In 1972, he was appointed as bishop of Roermond by Pope Paul VI. The appointment of the orthodox Gijsen was seen as an attempt by Rome to suppress the modernistic tendencies in the Dutch Catholic church. Nobody in Roermond had asked for him. He started many actions to reform schools and seminaries according to his conservative views. But he lost the support of Rome after sex scandals like voyeurism of masturbating boys in seminaries came up.

In 1993 he resigned for health reasons. A collapse was near. He went into a monastery in Walpersdorf in Austra. In 1996 Gijsen moved from the heavily Catholic Dutch diocese to Reykjavik, where the Catholic population is very small and rising solely due to immigration. He remained bishop in Iceland for another ten years. In 2007 he returned home and became rector of the Carmelite Daughters of the Divine Heart of Jesus in Sittard. He withdrew and refused to give interviews.

In 2014 two complaints against Gijsen for sexual abuse dating from the period 1958–1961 were deemed valid by the complaints commission of the Catholic Church. Gijsen's successor in the diocese of Roermond, Frans Wiertz, apologized for Gijsen's behaviour.

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  • Work : Gain social status 6 April 1957 (Ordained Priest, age 24)
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  • Work : Gain social status 20 January 1972 (Appointed as bishop of Roermond)
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  • Work : Gain social status 13 February 1972 in Rome St. Peter's Basilica (Ordained as bishop of Roermond, age 39)
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  • Other Social 14 April 1979 in Roermond (LBGT protest against Gijsen on "Roze zaterdag")
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  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 23 January 1993 (Resigned as Bishop of Roermond, age 60)
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  • Work : New Job 3 April 1993 (Appointed as Titular Bishop of Traiectum ad Mosam)
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  • Work : Contracts, agreements 24 May 1996 (Appointed as Bishop of Reykjavik, Iceland)
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  • Work : Retired 30 October 2007 in Reykjavík (Retired as Bishop of Reykjavik, Iceland)
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Source Notes

Schepel quotes municipal archive in Sterrentijd 62 of 1 June 1995.

Bisschop Gijsen - Andere Tijden

Bishop Joannes Baptist Matthijs Gijsen [Catholic-Hierarchy]


  • Traits : Personality : Stubborn/ Steadfast
  • Passions : Sexuality : Pedophile
  • Passions : Sexuality : Sexual abuser
  • Passions : Sexuality : Voyeur
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Bishop)