Outstanding personalities in the history of the Alexian Brothers

There have been many general superiors in the history of the Alexian Brothers, whose work had an impact on how the congregation's ways were shaped.

The general superior is the highest authority in a congregation. He is responsible for the entire congregation. Learn more about Brother Rütger Linden, Brother Dominikus Brock, Brother Alexius Böcker, Brother Klemens Wallrath, Brother Quirinus Bank and Brother Paulus Overbeck, who shaped the history of the Alexian Brothers in Germany throughout specific epochs in history.

 

10th Superior in Aachen (1633-1642)

Born in: Bedburg

Died: 11th of November 1642 in Aachen

 

The city of Aachen was actively involved in the battles of the Thirty-Years

War (1618-1648) since 1632.

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28th Superior in Aachen (1844-1860)

Born: 24th of February 1813 in Köln

Died: 9th of April 1880 in Krefeld

Habit: 13th of February 1837

Final vows: 13th of March 1838 (celibacy, obedience)

 

Brother Dominikus Brock is known as the most important reformer of

the Alexian monastery in Aachen.

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39th General Superior in Neuss (1859-1862)

41th General Superior in Neuss (1865-1887)

Born: 24th of September 1824

Joined the order: 1st of August 1853

Died: 29th of January 1892

 

During the curatorship of Brother Alexius Böcker the Alexian Brothers

of Neuss moved from Brückstraße to the new premises at Obertor

(Alexianerplatz).

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29th General Superior in Aachen (1860-1886)

Died: 23th of April 1910 in Münster/Westfalen

Joined the order: 24th of June 1846

Final vows: 14th of March 1854

 

Brother Klemens Wallrath continued the big reform which was initiated by

Brother Dominikus Brock.

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30th General superior in Aachen (1886-1906)

Born: 17th of November 1844 in Lövenich / Kreis Euskirchen

Died: 3rd of March 1917 in Henri Chapelle / Belgien

Joined the order: 15th of May 1867

First Profession: 6th of March 1869

 

In 1885, Brother Quirinus Bank was appointed coadjutor for Brother

Klemens Wallrath, who was in frail health.

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Brother Paulus Overbeck

31st General Superior in Aachen (1906-1920)

Born: 1851 in Meppen / Emsland

Died: 9th of January 1934 in Aachen

Joined the order: 1882

 

During his religious life, Brother Paulus Overbeck had been filled all

important positions once:

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