Vatican City, Jul 26, 2023 / 12:53 pm
After 18 years as head of the ecumenical monastic community Taizé, Brother Alois Loeser has chosen a successor.
According to the community, after consulting other brothers, the French Catholic has chosen Brother Matthew (Andrew) Thorpe, 58, to be the Christian fraternity’s third-ever prior.
Thorpe, an Anglican from the United Kingdom, will take up the post on Dec. 3. He joined the Taizé community in 1986.
Taizé is an ecumenical monastic community founded in a small town in the Burgundy territory of France in 1940. Its focus is promoting faith and Christian unity among young people, many of whom participate in the community through retreats and other events.