St. Vitus (Alhausen)

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St. Vitus in Bad Driburg-Alhausen

St. Vitus is a Catholic church in the Bad Driburg district of Alhausen in the Höxter district ( North Rhine-Westphalia ). The parish of St. Vitus belongs as an independent parish vicarie to the pastoral network of Bad Driburg in the Höxter deanery in the Archdiocese of Paderborn .


Presumably as early as 1300 there was a chapel in Alhausen belonging to the parish in Pömbsen. The chapel burned down on April 19, 1657 and was rebuilt the following year. In 1755 a school vicarie was built, which today serves as a rectory.

On November 23, 1780, the Paderborn prince-bishop Wilhelm Anton von der Asseburg elevated the chapel community of Alhausen to the position of vicarie. The first vicar was Johann Henze.

Since the chapel had become too small for the growing community, it was expanded to the west in 1821. In 1862 the harmonium was replaced by an organ.

In 1893 a communal churchyard was laid out in Alhausen, as the deceased had to be buried in Pömbsen, which is more than three kilometers away, beforehand.

Construction of today's church began in 1907. The roof could be completed and the vaults pulled in by the winter break. Work was resumed at Easter 1908, so that on the feast of St. Vitus a provisional consecration could be carried out by the Steinheim cathedral capitular Goebel. Were when the construction finished, consecrated Karl Joseph Cardinal Schulte , Bishop of Paderborn, the church on July 26, 1911. At the same time he donated Confirmation in Alhausen. The parish fair was set for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost .

For completion, the church and political community were separated and the political community had to pay 27,000 RM to the parish. The money was used to rebuild the church.

In 1914 the first Corpus Christi procession was held against the will of the pastor von Pömbsen .

In the 1950s, the slate roofing of the church was replaced by a tiled roof. In 1966 the church interior was redesigned in accordance with the requirements of the Second Vatican Council . An interior renovation took place in 1982, followed by an extensive exterior renovation in 2005. The brick roofing was again replaced by slate.


Interior view of the Saint Vitus Church in Alhausen

The painting of the choir was applied from July 3 to November 21, 1930. The nave, altars and figures were painted in color from May 13th to October 22nd, 1931.

In 1930 the tower clock from the company Fuchs & Sohn from Bernburg was installed. In 1931 the church got a heater.

In 1933 part of the Corveyer Vitus relics was transferred to Alhausen.

When the interior was redesigned in 1966, the old interior was removed and a new altar made of Anröchter stone was erected. A tabernacle was set up at the place of the Marian altar and a baptistery was set up in the tower.


In the summer of 1913 the organ, manufactured by the Anton Feith company from Paderborn, was installed. This was replaced in 1966 by a Hammond organ .


The parish church has three bells that were cast by Humpert in Brilon . The consecration took place on April 24, 1908 by the Driburg pastor Kleeschulte. Two of the bells were melted down during World War I and were replaced by two new ones in December 1924. During the Second World War, these bells were withdrawn again on February 14, 1942. In 1948 these bells were purchased and inaugurated on the 4th Sunday of Advent. The larger is the Mother of God , the smaller the parish patron St. Vitus .

A bell from the year 1644 was taken from the Alhauser chapel, which was first used for the change .

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Coordinates: 51 ° 44 ′ 56.7 ″  N , 9 ° 3 ′ 18 ″  E