Prince Franz-Josef of Bavaria

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Prince Franz-Josef
Prince Franz-Josef of Bavaria
Born (1957-09-21) 21 September 1957 (age 59)
Schloss Leutstetten, Leutstetten, Bavaria, Germany
Full name
German: Franz-Josef Michael Maria Ignatius
House Wittelsbach
Father Prince Rasso of Bavaria
Mother Archduchess Theresa of Austria

Prince Franz-Josef of Bavaria (German: Franz-Josef Michael Maria Ignatius Prinz von Bayern) (born 21 September 1957) is a member of the Bavarian Royal House of Wittelsbach and a member of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict.

Early life[edit]

Bavarian royal family
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HRH The Duke of Bavaria

HRH Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
HRH Princess Elisabeth

HRH The Dowager Princess of Waldburg
HRH The Dowager Princess of Quadt

Franz-Josef was born at Schloß Leutstetten near Starnberg, Bavaria. He is the eldest son of Prince Rasso of Bavaria and his wife, Archduchess Theresa of Austria.

Later life[edit]

The prince is a Benedictine monk, a member of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict. Until 1996, he lived under the name Pater Florian at the St. Ottilien Archabbey in Emming in southern Bavaria. Since 1996, Prince Franz-Josef has been living at the Peramiho Abbey in Tanzania and in Kenia he became prior administrator of the Prince of Peace Benedictine Monastery - Tigoni Limuru. He is currently working in Illeret, St. Peter the Fisherman parish, and a new Benedictine Monastery in the Diocese of Marsabit, northern part of Kenya.



  • Adalbert Prinz von Bayern. Die Wittelsbacher: Geschichte unserer Familie. München: Prestel Verlag, 1979.
  • Pater Florian Prinz von Bayern. Weil es etwas Größeres gibt. Freiburg; Herder Verlag, 2012.


Prince Franz-Josef of Bavaria
Born: 21 September 1957
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Karl of Bavaria
Line of succession to the Bavarian throne
6th position
Succeeded by
Prince Wolfgang of Bavaria