Bas Mulder

Sebastianus "Bas" Adrianus Wilhelmus Rudolfus Mulder (17 July 1931 – 10 April 2020) was a Dutch-Surinamese Catholic priest.

Bas Mulder
Born17 July 1931
Died10 April 2020(2020-04-10) (aged 88)
Boxmeer, Netherlands
NationalityDutch and Suriname[1]
OccupationPriest and sports promoter

Mulder was born in the Beugen district of the town of Boxmeer in the Netherlands. As a missionary of the Catholic Church, Mulder moved from the Netherlands to Suriname in 1959.

After Surinamese independence in 1975, he also received Surinamese nationality.[1] He would live there for 50 years, his entire active life. Mulder was known as a 'youth priest' and as a 'media priest' appearing on Radio Apintie and since 1966 STVS.[2] He was important for the development of several sports in Suriname and was chairman of the Suriname Volleyball Association. He was also a long-distance runner. During the 1980 Surinamese coup d'état, when no newspapers were published, he wrote critical articles in the church magazine Omhoog.[3]

As a priest Mulder was postulator for 30 years in the beatification of Peter Donders who had also served in Suriname. He considered the beatification of Donders by Pope John Paul II in 1982 a highlight of his career. [4]

Mulder stayed in Suriname until 2009 and then retired in the Netherlands. He started living at a priests' community in Boxmeer.[5] Mulder died on 10 April 2020 at the age of 88 due to COVID-19.[6]


  1. ^ a b De Telegraaf, Martelingen, Showprocessen en de nieuwe vriendjespolitiek, 29 november 1980
  2. ^ ""Bas Mulder", een voorbeeld..." Dagblad Suriname (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Pater Bas Mulder is niet meer".
  4. ^ "Pater Bas Mulder halve eeuw in Suriname" (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  5. ^ ""Bas Mulder", een voorbeeld…". 11 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Pater Bas Mulder overleden aan coronavirus".