The Reverend Dr Paul Vrolijk, Chaplain of the Pro-Cathedral in Brussels, is to be the next Archdeacon for the North-West Archdeaconry, which covers Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg, in succession to the Venerable Meurig Williams who is to become Archdeacon of France.

Announcing the appointment, Bishop Robert says “As well as being tri-lingual, Paul brings with him a strong background in leadership and management from his pre-ordination career. Before his move to Brussels, he was chaplain of Aquitaine, a territory the size of Wales that includes some 13 worship centres. He has quickly become established as a respected and popular Chancellor and Senior Chaplain of the Pro-Cathedral of Holy Trinity, Brussels.

“Paul will work closely with the Area Deans (Sam Van Leer and Stephen Murray) and with the Standing Committee of the Synod. He will also liaise with the President of the Central Committee of the Anglican Church in Belgium (Jack McDonald). They will together make a strong team for developing our mission, and representing our church ecumenically and politically. Paul is well supported at Holy Trinity Brussels by Canon John Wilkinson, lay readers, and other able laity.”

It is expected that he will be formally commissioned for his new ministry at the Archdeaconry Synod Eucharist on 14th October. At the same event there will be the opportunity for the archdeaconry to say farewell to Meurig.