Albert Schmidt (Benedictine)

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Albert Schmidt OSB (* 1948 in Freiburg im Breisgau ) is a German Benedictine and abbot praeses of the Beuron congregation .


Albert Schmidt, the son of a Benedictine Oblate , joined in 1967 the Congregation of Benedictines in Beuron in. He studied theology and philosophy and received his doctorate in Rome . He then worked in the Beuron Archabbey. He was ordained a priest in 1973. In 1992 he became a student chaplain at the St. Benedict College in Salzburg. From 1997 to 2005 he was Rector of the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo in Rome . Since 2006 he has been editor of the Benedictine magazine Erbe und Einsatz .

On April 16, 2008, Albert Schmidt was elected Abbot President of the Beuron Congregation by the 24th General Chapter in Beuron and succeeded Anno Schoenen ( Maria Laach ). The abbot's benediction by Archbishop Robert Zollitsch took place on April 19, 2008 in the abbey church. His motto is: Habitare in Unum ( Psalm 133 ).

The Beuron Congregation is an amalgamation of 18 mostly German or German-speaking male and female monasteries of the Benedictine order . The main monastery is the Beuron Archabbey in the upper Danube valley. Albert Schmidt is thus the highest-ranking dignitary of the congregation and major superior in terms of canon law.

From November 16, 2009, Albert Schmidt OSB was also the administrator of the Weingarten Benedictine Abbey , founded in 1056 and abandoned in 2010.


  • Additions as a problem of the monastic prayer of the hours in the Middle Ages , (contributions to the history of old monasticism and Benedictineism; 36), Aschendorff, Münster 1986, ISBN 3-402-03289-9 .
  • with Andreas Felger: On the way to life. Thoughts of the Rule of Benedict . With a foreword by Cardinal Walter Kasper, Presence Verlag / Beuroner Kunstverlag, Gnadenthal / Beuron 2008, ISBN 978-3-87071-184-9 .
  • with Christel Holl: Run away or stay there. Learning to live with psalms , Beuroner Kunstverlag, Beuron 2015, ISBN 978-3-87071-323-2 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Article: Albert Schmidt elected President on April 16, 2008 on medals, accessed online on April 16, 2008
  2. Article: Abbot Albert Schmidt becomes administrator in Weingarten from November 18, 2009 on Orden accessed online on November 18, 2009
predecessor Office successor
Anno Schoenen OSB Abbot President of the Beuron Congregation
since 2008