St Dymphna's Church, Geel
The church is dedicated to Saint Dymphna, who according to legend was beheaded and buried here in 600 AD. Initially, it was a pilgrimage church where, for centuries, pilgrims sought help and healing for people with mental problems and illnesses.
The construction of this church started in 1349 and lasted until 1585, but the tower was never completed. Although the interior of the church is rather modest, it houses some extraordinary art treasures.
For centuries, Saint-Dimpna has been known in our compassionate city as the patron saint of people with psychological problems. In Geel we find a rich history with a living community as the most beautiful aspect. The pastoral unit and the parish of Sint-Dimpna contribute to this through their pastoral offer.
Visit this website to see how past and present are cherished, to prepare your pilgrimage to Saint Dimpna or simply to learn more about this beautiful saint.
Please note: Eucharistic celebrations will continue throughout the exhibition in St Dymphna's Church. The regular (Sunday) celebration ends before the exhibition opens at 11a.m. We ask for your understanding and cooperation for the following celebrations:
- Every third Sunday of the month, there is an international celebration (in French and English) at 1 p.m. with a celebration about the laying on of hands at 3 p.m. (specifically for pilgrims, the sick, etc.). Silence must be respected in the church between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the following dates: Sunday 17 April (Easter), Sunday 19 June, Sunday 17 July, Sunday 21 August, Sunday 18 September.
- Saturday 30 April: confirmation is held at 9.30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. The exhibition opens at 12.30 p.m.
- Sunday 15 May is Dymphna Day. In the morning, there is a special Dymphna celebration. This means the exhibition will open later than usual (12 noon). In the afternoon the Dymphna Procession takes place. As a result, the church will not be accessible by car.