Gerleve Abbey was founded by the monks of Beuron Archabbey. The community, dedicated to Saint Joseph, was established in 1899 on the farm given for the purpose by the Wermelt family. 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.

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.

Several 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.

The Haus Ludgerirast offers room for up to 47 people taking part in different courses, seminars or retreats, of which there is a wide choice. Many people also spend their holidays near the abbey.

In the Haus St. Benedikt education centre (Jugendbildungsstätte) there is room for about 80 young people from all kinds of schools, for students or for family-groups with children (there is a playground nearby). There are also rooms for groups attending one-day events (lectures, retreats, meditation groups and so on).

The abbey itself can house about 10 (male) guests making retreats or wishing to take part in the community life of work and prayer.

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Founded: 1899
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)

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R. Allermann (16 months ago)
So schön. Ein wunderschöne Anlage. Das Klosterrestaurant ist sehr zu empfehlen. Alles super lecker. Auch die kleineren 'Mitbringsel' wie Marmelade, Gewürze, Kekse usw. sind sehr gut. Kommen sehr gerne nach Gerleve.
Anne Demter (16 months ago)
Ich kenne das Kloster noch von früher. Ich war damals immer schon gerne dort.Sind meistens zur Ostermesse hingefahren. Kloster Gerleve ist immer ein schöner Ort um Ruhe zu finden.
Sabine und Ingo Mlynarek (17 months ago)
Kuchen lecker. Aber sehr viel Zeit mitbringen für's Cafe Haben fast eine halbe Stunde gewartet.
Paulus Wierenga (3 years ago)
Great place
Willie Hekkert (5 years ago)
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