Eijk, Willem Jacobus
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: San Callisto
Native Country: Netherlands
Appointed by: Benedict XVI on 18 February 2012
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 22 June 2033

Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk was born on 22 June 1953 in Duivendrecht, The Netherlands. He was ordained a priest on June 1985. He studied medicine and holds doctorates in medical bioethics research and in philosophy. He has taught ethics and moral theology and served on the executive board of the association for pro-life doctors in The Netherlands. He was co-founder and president of an association which organizes conferences and publications on medical ethics. From 1997-2000 he was part of the International Theological Commission. On 6 November 1999 he was ordained a bishop, subsequent to his appointment as Bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden. He was installed as Archbishop of Utrecht on 26 January 2008, subsequent to his appointment, becoming the 70th successor of St Willibrord. After serving in various capacities in the Dutch Bishops' Conference, he was elected President in 2011. He is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, of the Congregation for the Clergy and of the Pontifical Council for Culture.