Dom Nathanaël Koninkx, abbot of Westmalle (Diocese of Antwerp, Belgium) since 2005, reached the age of retirement mentioned in ST 40.A of the Constitutions offered his resignation to the General Chapter in September 2022. The resignation was accepted by a vote of the General Chapter and became effective on November 1st, 2022.
On November 1st 2022, Dom Guido Van Belle, abbot of Zundert and Father Immediate of Westmalle, with the consent of the General Chapter, appointed Father Benedict Van Overstraeten, monk of Westmalle, as Monastic Commissary of the community of Westmalle.
Dom Benedict was born in Lebbeke (Belgium) in 1952 and entered Westmalle in 1980. He made Solemn Profession in 1987 and was ordained priest in 2016.