Gerleve Abbey, Billerbeck

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Gerleve Abbey
Gerleve Abbey is a monastery of the Benedictine Order situated between Coesfeld and Billerbeck in Westphalia, in Germany.HistoryThe community, dedicated to Saint Joseph, was founded in 1899 on the land of the Hof Wermelt, a farm given for the purpose by the Wermelt family, by the monks of Beuron Archabbey. It was formally declared an abbey in 1904. The first abbot was ordained in 1906, Raphael Molitor OSB. In 1941 the community was expelled from Westphalia by order of the National Socialists, but the monks were able to return in 1946. In 1951 the community was able to establish a further monastery: Nütschau Priory (Kloster Nütschau) near Bad Oldesloe.There is a graveyard in the abbey grounds, where among others there are buried Russian prisoners of war and deceased patients from the military hospital which occupied the premises in World War II.The abbey is part of the Beuronese Congregation. As of 2017, the community numbers 40 monks.ActivitiesSeveral of the monks are active in scholarly work; others work in pastoral care and the care of guests. There are two retreat-houses close to the abbey.


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48727 Billerbeck

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