The Electoral Chapter of the Beuronese Congregation elected Fr. Dr. Franziskus Berzdorf OSB, pictured here, bottom row, center, with a white beard.

On Sunday, 17 October 2021, the Electoral Chapter of the Beuronese Benedictine Congregation elected the Beuronese monk Fr. Dr. Franziskus Berzdorf OSB as successor to the outgoing Abbot President Fr. Dr. Albert Schmidt OSB, of Beuron Archabbey, who has been president since 2008. The new president received the abbatial blessing from Archbishop Stephan Burger during the solemn Eucharist in Beuron Archabbey church on Tuesday, 19 October.