De Kesel, Jozef
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Native Country: Belgium
Appointed by: Francis on 19 November 2016
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Malines-Brussels, Belgium 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 17 June 2027

Card. De Kesel was born, 17 June 1947, in Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium. He was ordained a priest on 26 August 1972. He obtained a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was a professor at the seminary of Ghent, at the formation center for future religion professors and at the University of Leuven. On 26 May 2002, he was ordained a bishop, following his appointment as titular Bishop of Bulna and Auxiliary of Malines-Brussels. In 2002 he was appointed vicar general of the Vicariate of Brussels. He has served as vicar general of the Vicariate of Flemish Brabant and of the Mechelen area. On 25 June 2010 he was appointed Bishop of Bruges, and on 6 November 2015, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Malines-Brussels and Military Ordinary for Belgium. Since January 2016 he has served as president of the Bishops' Conference of Belgium.