Jos Punt

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His Excellency

Jozef Marianus Punt
Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam
Apostolic Administrator of the Military Ordinariate of the Netherlands
Bishop Punt in 2008
SeeCathedral of Saint Bavo
Appointed21 July 2001
PredecessorHendrik Joseph Alois Bomers
Personal details
Birth nameJoseph Marianus Punt
Born (1946-01-10) 10 January 1946 (age 73)
Alkmaar, Netherlands
DenominationRoman Catholic
Ordination history
Priestly ordination
Ordained byJoannes Gijsen
Date9 June 1979
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byHendrik Joseph Alois Bomers
Date1 July 1995
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Jos Punt as principal consecrator
Johannes Gerardus Maria van Burgsteden9 September 2000
Johannes Willibrordus Maria Hendriks10 December 2011

Jozef Marianus "Jos" Punt (born 10 January 1946) is the current Roman Catholic bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam in the Netherlands.[1]

Early life[edit]

Joseph Marianus Punt was born on 10 January 1946 in Alkmaar, North Holland, Netherlands. In his years as a student of economics in Amsterdam Punt distanced himself from the Catholic religion of his youth and was more involved in esoterics, gnostics, Rosicrucianism, and so on. Upon discovering the Bible however, he began considering a career in the priesthood. He went to the south of the country where at the time there existed the only Catholic Dutch Seminary. In 1973 he obtained a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Roman Catholic Church[edit]

Styles of
Joseph Marianus Punt
Coat of arms of Jozef Marianus Punt.svg
Reference styleThe Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

In 1979 he became a priest, ordained by Bishop of Roermond Joannes Gijsen. In the Seminary he taught the Social Teachings of the Church, and he got also his PhD in that field from Augsburg University in Germany.

Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Haarlem 1995; he was ordained by the local ordinary, bishop Henny Bomers. Punt was also appointed as bishop for the Military Ordinariate.

In 1998 Bomers died suddenly after suffering a heart attack. Punt was appointed Apostolic Administrator. On 21 July 2001 he was appointed bishop of Haarlem.[2] He is assisted by an auxiliary bishop, Mgr. Johannes Gerardus Maria van Burgsteden.

Punt is the 13th bishop of the diocese, which was established in 1559. Due to the Protestant Reformation there was no bishop in Haarlem, or the Netherlands, for 300 years, until 1853.

Religious views[edit]

Bishop Punt has indicated a devotion to Saint Mary because he took as his motto Sub tuum praesidium, the opening phrase of a Marian hymn. He supports a proposal of the Lourdes Foundation of Amstel to construct a pilgrimage church modeled on Hagia Sophia to be built in honor of Maria Vrouwe van Alle Volkeren.[3]


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Rudolf Müller
Bishop of Nasai
1 April 1995–21 July 2001
Succeeded by
Benedito Beni dos Santos
Preceded by
Hendrik Joseph Alois Bomers
Bishop of Haarlem
21 July 2001–7 October 2008
Diocese Name Changed
Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam
7 October 2008