New Superiors

Just before Christmas 2014 the monks of Digos Priory in the Philippines elected their new Conventual Prior: Fr Patrick Mariano. He is the first Filipino to lead the community, making his election a historic landmark for the monastery. Fr Patrick (b 1959) succeeds Fr Edgar Friedmann who was prior 2002-2014. Previously, Fr Patrick was subprior, novice master and director of the retreat center.

On December 5th 2014 the community of St Georgenberg-Fiecht in Austria has elected Fr Raphael Gebauer Prior Administrator of the abbey. He succeeds Abbot Anselm Zeller who had been abbot since 1996 and resigned on December 1st. Prior Raphal (b. 1958) served the community as bursar and novice master, and attended to the mountain shrine at St Georgenberg. Fiecht was founded inĀ  1138 and joined the Congregation of Sankt Ottilien in 1967. The abbey maintains a missionary monk in Mbulu archdiocese in Tanzania and supports many other mission activities.