St. Gereon (Würm)

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St. Gereon

The church of the Catholic parish of St. Gereon is located in the Würm district of the city of Geilenkirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia . It stands as a monument under monument protection .


The church is the center of the village and is located at Gereonstraße 2.


It is known about the church mentioned in 1137 that it was also the mother church for Prummers . In the 15th century a three-aisled brick hall was built, which was blown up on November 18, 1944. The explosion made even older components visible. The archaeologist PA Tholen found wooden foundations of what was probably the first church on site from the 8th or 9th century. In the east wall, a round arch made of Brohler tuff was exposed. The year 1251 is carved into it. The oldest part of the parish church of St. Gereon faces east - like all churches of the Middle Ages - and probably served as the choir of one of the earlier Romanesque churches. The plans for the reconstruction were drawn up by Justinus Bendermacher from Düsseldorf. The foundation stone was laid on August 19, 1951, the inauguration on May 1, 1953. The preserved walls on the south and east sides were incorporated into the new building . The new altar was consecrated on November 3, 1968 . The reconstruction was also made possible by raising a total of 180,000 marks in donations from monthly house collections in the parish.


Floor plan comparison, before 1945 - after reconstruction (pink), the internal pillars were not reinstalled

The late Gothic three naves was a brick - hall structure with narrow lying in the northeast choir , consisting of a choir bay and a five-sided chorus circuit and a flat Rabitzgewölbe .

With the reconstruction in 1951, a sacristy closed on three sides was created on the north side . The saddle roof of the choir is considerably lower than the roof of the three-axis nave . The internal pillars were not reinstalled. In front of the church is a massive, three-axis church tower in the southwest . The church tower is a bell tower with 3 clocks.


  • The organ with 15 registers and electric action from 1956 was built by the Kemper Orgelbau company from Lübeck .
  • Stained glazing, the choir windows of the Church of St. Gereon represent teaching, priesthood and pastoral office. The left window was donated by the village of Würm, the middle window by the village of Beeck. The right window (pastoral office) was installed on October 11, 1953 like the other windows to the patronage. The windows on the east wall show Saint Gereon, Saint Joseph and Saint Hubert. The rifle associations of Würm and Leiffarth donated their patron saints, the village of Müllendorf donated the window with the depiction of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of their brotherhood, which was later founded in 1956.
  • Altar from 1968, wooden Madonna from 1954.
  • A tower clock is installed on three sides of the church tower .

The bell

In the church tower are Gothic church bells from the 12th century and from 1415 and the 1457th

When the church tower was blown up in 1944, the bells fell from the tower, which was still more than 60 meters high at the time, but survived almost unscathed. When it was rebuilt, only the bells remained from the old furnishings.

  • Josefs bell , strike tone d 1 +/- 0, weight approx. 1,700 kg, diameter 1360 mm, cast in 1961 by Feldmann & Eysbouts / Monasterium in Münster i. Westf.
  • Marienglocke , strike tone f 1 +4, weight approx. 1,000 kg, diameter 1160 mm, cast in 1415 (probably) by Johannes and Godert van Hintem in Würm.
  • Johannes-Baptist-Bell , strike tone g 1 -4, weight approx. 820 kg, diameter 1090 mm, cast in 1452 by Johann and Jakob von Venlo in Würm.
  • Large sugar loaf bell , striking sound approx. F 2 , weight approx. 85 kg, diameter 520 mm, original casting from the 12th century, but cast by the Petit & Edelbrock company in Gescher at an unknown time.
  • Small sugar loaf bell , striking sound approx. A 2 , weight approx. 100 kg, diameter 540 mm, cast in Würm in the 12th century by an unknown foundry.

The main bell, which consists of 3 bells, was equipped in 2001 with linear drives from the company Rduch from Poland.


  • Third edition 1994: Handbook of the Diocese of Aachen ISBN 3-87448-172-7
  • Home calendar of the Selfkantkreis 1955: From the church bells in the Immendorf-Würm office , by Heinrich Joppen, page 83
  • Home calendar of the Selfkantkreis 1961: The year 1559/60 in the Würmer parish , by H. Tischelbecker, page 53
  • Local calendar of the district of Heinsberg 1994: Theft in the Würmer and Lindern Church in 1795 , by Leo Schreinemacher, page 50

Web links

Commons : St. Gereon (Würm)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Geilenkirchen Monument List No. 48 , entry: June 9, 1983
  2. ^ [1] Stories of the Church, Aachener Volkszeitung v. April 29, 2003
  3. The bells of St. Gereon (Würm)

Coordinates: 50 ° 59 '34 "  N , 6 ° 10' 44"  E