On Saturday, May 29, 2010, Abbot Francis Michael Stiteler was re-elected by his brothers in community to serve as abbot for the next 6 years. Dom Francis Michael had come to the end of his 6-year term of office serving the community as its seventh abbot.
A native of Philadelphia, Abbot Francis Michael Stiteler, 59, entered Conyers monastery on July 1, 1974. He professed his solemn vows as a monk of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance on Feb. 2, 1980. He was ordained a priest on April 9, 1983. His re-election comes in the 66th anniversary year of the monastery, which was founded in 1944.