Famous Dutch Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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 1 Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 28, 1466
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 12, 1536

Born as an illegitimate child of a priest from Rotterdam, Desiderius Erasmus later grew up to be a significant figure of the northern Renaissance. He is remembered for his research on free will and for being the first to edit the New Testament, replacing traditional elements with new-age humanism.

 2 Saint Boniface

Saint Boniface
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0672 AD
Birthplace: Crediton
Died: June 5, 0754

 3 Pope Adrian VI

Pope Adrian VI
Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: March 2, 1459
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: September 14, 1523

Sixteenth-century pope Adrian VI remains the only Dutch to have been a pope and was the last non-Italian pope till John Paul II’s election after over 400 years. He wished to reform the Church but wasn’t able to do much, as he was strongly opposed by many, including Italian cardinals.

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 4 Jan Matthys

Jan Matthys
Famous As: Charismatic Anabaptist leader of the M√ľnster Rebellion
Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: April 5, 1534

 5 Cornelius Jansen

Cornelius Jansen
Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: October 28, 1585
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Acquoy, Netherlands
Died: May 6, 1638

 6 Geert Groote

Geert Groote
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: September 30, 1340
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Deventer, Netherlands
Died: August 20, 1384

 7 Andreas Peter Cornelius Sol

Andreas Peter Cornelius Sol
Famous As: Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
Birthdate: October 19, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sloten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 26, 2016
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 8 David Joris

David Joris
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: 1501 AD
Birthplace: Flanders, Belgium
Died: August 25, 1556

 9 Nicolaas Beets

Nicolaas Beets
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 13, 1814
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: March 13, 1903

Nicolaas Beets was a Dutch author, professor, poet, and preacher. He is credited with founding a Protestant school, which is now known by the name, Nicolaas Beetsschool. Nicolaas Beets is also remembered for his magnum opus Camera Obscura, which continues to be celebrated even today.

 10 Florens Radewyns

Florens Radewyns
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 1350 AD
Birthplace: Leerdam, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 1400

 11 Sister Louise Van der Schrieck

Sister Louise Van der Schrieck
Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: November 14, 1813
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Died: December 3, 1886