Stein-Kerensheide (L): St.
Jozef (A.J.N. Boosten, 1940)
1939 the village of Stein was expanded with the new Kerensheide neighbourhood. The next year a church was built
there. This church of
St. Jozef was designed by architect Alphons Boosten in his typical style. Without a doubt the original plans included some feautures that
weren't acceptable for the conservative Roermond diocese, but despite changes to
the design the
result looks surprisingly modern. After the war many new churches
needed to be built to replace destroyed ones, resulting in a slightly
easier climate for Boosten to work in.
The St. Jozef is a cruciform church with a big cylindrical
crossing-tower which contains the choir and which is closed with an
ambulatory and three cylindrical chapels with spires. The nave has a
big portal at the front, behind which is a rose-window. At the front of
the nave is a big, once again cylindrical, tower, with an open upper