Our History

History of the Alexian Brotherhood

800 years serving the sick and disadvantaged. For 800 years, the community of the Alexian Brotherhood has been caring for sick, the elderly and the poor. The order can look back on a long history of service to the community.

Its origins go back to the Beghards in the early 13th century. The group was later known as the Cellites. Its members first became active in Aachen, Cologne, Neuss and Antwerp. Initially working as independent communities, the groups gradually grew together to form a community devoted to caring for the sick, poor, marginalised and dying.

During the time of the first major plagues in Europe in the mid-14th century, the community eventually organised itself as a religious order. Many city councils entered into contracts with the brotherhood for social services and the burial of citizens.

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