On 28 May 2019, the Sylvestrine Benedictine Congregation elected Father Antony Puthenpurackal OSB of Saint Joseph’s Conventual Priory, Makkiyad, India as Abbot General.  He was professed in 1970, appointed to the General Council in 2013, and nominated Prior Administrator of the Conventual Priory of San Vincenzo, Bassano Romano (VT) in 2017.

The election took place during the General Chapter held at the monastery of San Silvestro, Montefano, Fabriano (AN), founded by Saint Sylvester in 1231.  He succeeds the Right Reverend Michael Kelly OSB in this role.