a place of the Christian search for God,
of prayer and of hospitality.”
The principal duty of monks is to offer a service to the divine majesty at once humble and noble within the walls of the monastery, whether they dedicate themselves entirely to divine worship in the contemplative life or have legitimately undertaken some apostolate or work of Christian charity.
Second Vatican Council, Perfectae caritatis 9
There has been a Benedictine community at Gerleve (North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) since 1899. Many people visit Gerleve to share in our liturgy, to listen to the Gregorian chant, to pray with us, and to seek the presence of God. The old tradition of Benedictine hospitality is very much alive in the guesthouses at Gerleve.