Ecumenical Church Center Mühlenberg

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The ecumenical church center Mühlenberg with the Expo glass cross

The Ecumenical Church Center Muhlenberg located in the district Muhlenberg in Hannover . As an ecumenical center, it houses the Evangelical Lutheran Bonhoeffer congregation and the Roman Catholic parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe .


Both parishes are located in the church complex on Mühlenberger Markt, built in 1981/82, and share around ten communal and conference rooms. Planning and execution were carried out by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover in coordination with the Catholic diocese of Hildesheim .

The ecumenical church center was previously housed in a makeshift barrack at Beckstrasse 32. Confirmands were consecrated there for the last time in 1981. The barrack has existed since the district was built in the late 1960s and, like a former youth barracks (the Mühlenberger JuBa ) that has since been demolished , has served the social project Neue Arbeit since the move . The history of the ecumenical church center is therefore directly linked to the development of the new Hanover-Mühlenberg district.

A striking feature of the new church center on Mühlenberger Markt is the 27 m high cross made of steel and glass, which stood in the Christ Pavilion during Expo 2000 , shines over the Mühlenberg at night and has meanwhile become the landmark of this district.

In 2013, George A. Speckert and Klaus Vespermann produced a film documentary in the church center about the life story of the Holocaust survivor and former inmate of the Hanover-Mühlenberg subcamp, Henry Korman .

Roman Catholic parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe

The Catholic parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe has almost 6,900 members, it belongs to the Hanover deanery and, in addition to the Mühlenberg district in Hanover, also includes the Wettbergen district and the city of Ronnenberg with the exception of the Benthe district .

The Sunday mass is attended by an average of 800 believers every week.

The parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe, which has existed since 1985, was also joined by the Church of the Holy Family in Empelde in 2002 and St. Thomas More in Ronnenberg in 2004 . The last church of St. James the Younger in Weetzen , which also belonged to it, was profaned in 2009 . In 2016 the Church of the Holy Family in Empelde was profaned.

On May 2, 1982, took place the consecration of the Catholic Church. The Catholic church space is more traditionally ecclesiastical and larger than the Protestant church space and can be expanded with the so-called Pater Delp Hall. The depiction of the Way of the Cross , in which the Passion of Christ is connected with that of Father Kolbe, is impressive .

Evangelical Lutheran Bonhoeffer Congregation

The Evangelical Lutheran Bonhoeffer Congregation is part of the City Church Association of Hanover , it includes the Mühlenberg district and, since 2000, the small neighboring district of Bornum with the Petrus and Paulus Congregation, which is now a parish of the Bonhoeffer Congregation. The namesake Dietrich Bonhoeffer serves the evangelical community as a reminder against the Hanover-Mühlenberg concentration camp, which was in the same place during the Nazi era, and to commemorate the Christian resistance against the Nazi regime .

In terms of youth work, the Bonhoeffer community works closely with the neighboring integrated comprehensive school in Hanover-Mühlenberg.

See also


  • Wolfgang Puschmann : Church Center Mühlenberg , in: Hanover's churches. 140 churches in and around town . Edited by Wolfgang Puschmann. Hermannsburg: Ludwig-Harms-Haus 2005, ISBN 3-937301-35-6 .

Web links

Commons : Ecumenical Church Center Mühlenberg (Hanover)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Proof of the Common Union Catalog (GVK)
  2. Video on Youtube
  3. ^ Bonifatiuswerk der deutschen Katholiken eV (Ed.): Bonifatiusblatt. Issue No. 3/2018, ISSN  0006-7113 , p. 16.

Coordinates: 52 ° 20 ′ 23 ″  N , 9 ° 41 ′ 31 ″  E