Cardinal Willem J. Eijk was born June 22, 1953 in Duivendrecht.
He was ordained a Priest for Roermond, in the Netherlands on June 1, 1985. He was later appointed as Bishop of Groningen, Netherlands on July 17, 1999. He was ordained Bishop on November 6, 1999.
Less than ten years later, on December 11, 2007 he was appointed Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands, and was installed on January 26, 2008.
He was elevated to Cardinal February 18, 2012, and appointed as Cardinal-Priest of San Callisto. He was installed May 17, 2012.