Abbot Clemens Schmeing | 1971 – 1999
Abbot Clemens Schmeing, born in 1930, entered Gerleve Abbey as a student of theology. He was professed in 1952, and was ordained priest in 1956. He got a doctorate of theology at Rome in 1959. He became master of novices in 1963.
The community chose him as its third abbot in 1971. His heraldic motto was drawn from Saint Luke (22, 27) and illustrated his way of governing: Sicut qui ministrat – as the one who serves. Abbot Clemens Schmeing enlarged the guest-houses. He placed the altar in the transept of the church.
In 1975, Nütschau became an independent priory. At the age of 70 he resigned as abbot and lived from 1999 to 2006 as spiritual father in the abbey of the Benedictine nuns St. Hildegard at Eibingen. In 2006, he turned back to Gerleve Abbey.
Abbot Clemens Schmeing died in the hospital of Nottuln on April 29th, 2018. He was buried in the cemetery at Gerleve.