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Frère Alois
Brother Alois, né Alois Löser (born June 11, 1954 in Nördlingenmarker, Bavariamarker, Germanymarker) is the Prior of the Taizé Communitymarker who succeeded Brother Roger after the latter's death on August 16, 2005.

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Brother Alois was born in 1954 in Bavariamarker where his parents had settled after being expelled from Czechoslovakiamarker after World War II as ethnic Germans. He grew up in Stuttgartmarker. Unlike his Protestant predecessor, Brother Roger, Brother Alois is a Catholic. As a teenager he was an altar-boy and a youth leader in St. Nikolaus parish in eastern Stuttgart. Later he studied theology in Lyonmarker, though he never became a priest. When he first visited the Taizé Communitymarker, it impressed him deeply. He soon became a so-called permanent (a lay person living in Taizé for an extended period), then, in 1974, a member of the community.

Brother Alois was chosen by Brother Roger as his successor in 1998. He became the prior of the community after the death of Brother Roger in 2005. In recent years, Brother Alois has represented the community in numerous public events and has given a large number of interviews. He is known for his musical talent and has written many of the newer Taizé songs which are sung throughout the world today.

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