Of German origin, Brother Alois met the Taizé Community at a very young age. He joined the Community at the age of 20 and made a lifelong commitment to it a few years later.
As a brother, he devoted much time to listening to young people and also traveled to Central Europe during the period of the Berlin Wall to support the Christians there.
He became a prayer of the community in 2005, and leads the community in an ecumenical dialogue by meeting with the Orthodox patriarchs, and by serving the most needy by visiting the brothers spread throughout the world. A witness of the spirit of mercy at the service of the church.