The Titus Brandsma Memorial Church is a three-aisled cross basilica with Romanesque and Gothic elements .
It most closely resembles the Neo-Byzantine central building. The square ground pattern of the church is formed by four heavy pillars.
Looking up, an octagonal gallery is visible, covered by a dome.
On the south side is a semicircular apse, on a raised floor. On it is a large wooden cross,
on which are small memorial crosses of deceased people.
At the four ends of the church building there are small chapels: the baptismal chapel, the sacramental chapel, the Maria chapel
and the Titus Brandsma chapel. The iconography that makes the church so special consists of murals and stained glass windows,
of which the Apostle window by Jan Toorop makes the church a monument.

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Maria Chapel

The statue of the Virgin Mary in the Maria Chapel is by P. Sellemond of Tyrol (ca. 1930). The windows depict symbols from the book of Genesis.
From left to right we see a detail of the spirit floating above the water, the angel at the top of the ladder in Jacob’s dream
and the dove with Noah’s Ark. Not shown is the window with the rainbow after the flood.
The windows were made by Hubert Estourgie (Nijmegen, 1924-1982).

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Titus Chapel

The Titus Brandsma Memorial Church houses the Titus Brandsma Chapel, which has long been located at the monastery on Doddendaal.
Every day people visit Titus here. They lay their worries and needs before him. They see in him a friend and a guide.

The image of Titus Brandsma forms the heart of the Titus Brandsma chapel in the Memorial Church in Nijmegen. The original pencil drawing is the size of an A-5 sheet and was made by John Dons. The original is in the Dutch Carmelite Institute in Boxmeer.
When John Dons portrayed Titus Brandsma, both were imprisoned in the Polizeilicher Durchgangslager Amersfoort. John Dons was imprisoned there for subversive activities and was awaiting his final sentence. He was 27 years old at the time. He was doing very poorly at the time; he had open tuberculosis and was staying with Titus Brandsma in the infirmary. There he portrayed Titus – clandestinely – as attentive, kind and determined, powerful.
John Dons was executed at Fort Rhijnauwen on July 9, 1942.

Inside the church are a number of display cases containing personal items, books, texts and images by and about Titus Brandsma.

Baptistery and Sacramental Chapel

In the northeastern baptistery is a natural stone baptismal font with the Latin edge motto In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Next to the baptismal font is the Paschal candle, symbol of Christ.

In the northwest sacrament chapel, on a stone altar, stands the tabernacle, a decorated vault for the safekeeping of the Blessed Sacrament. The tabernacle doors bear from left to right the effigy of the archangels Michael, with sword and scales, and Gabriel, with staff and
banderole Ave Maria. The windows are decorated with a floral motif, a white lily branch.

The Apostle Window by Jan Toorop

The Titus Brandsma Memorial Church is a special church for several reasons.
A dome church in Byzantine style is not common in the Netherlands.
The change of name in 2004 from the Jozefkerk to the Titus Brandsma Memorial Church is also special.
What makes this church also unique is the stained glass window of Jan Toorop, the Apostle Window.

The wall panels

On October 1, 2010, the inauguration took place of the pylon, the memorial for Titus Brandsma on the Titushof and of the wall panels on the life of Titus Brandsma in the church. Both were designed by Arie Trum and Coen Tuerlings.
This animation shows the six wall panels with a meditation by Hein Blommestijn O. Carm.