In memoriam Brother Wunibald Gillhaus

We are sad to announce the death of Brother Wunibald Gillhaus CFA who passed away at the age of 79. On 9 March, we celebrated the Requiem Mass for Brother Wunibald at the Immaculata Monastery in Neuss. He was laid to rest in the adjacent cemetery.

Born in 1937 in Essen, Brother Wunibald entered the Alexian monastery on 2 March 1955 at the age of 17, just before his 18th birthday. Sixty-two years later to the day, Brother Wunibald died on 2 March 2017 in Neuss.

At the monastery, he first trained as a nurse. In 1957, he entered into temporary confession, followed in 1960 by his perpetual confession.

As a ward nurse and later as head of nursing, he was a carer and close confidant of patients and staff members alike.

Within our community, Brother Wunibald served as a director of novices and as a general assistant to the Superior General in Neuss. In 1981, he was elected as the Superior General of the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Alexius. He held this office until the amalgamation of the global congregations of the Alexian Brotherhood.

In 1990, Brother Wunibald was appointed Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph. On health grounds, he retired in 2004 and lived a quiet life at the monastery until his recent death.