Abbot Raphael’s successor, Abbot Pius Buddenborg (1902 – 1987) focused on new ways forward. He continued to promote the scientific interests of the community. The ecumenical work with Russian Orthodoxy came to an end. The pastoral care of young people was extended. In 1952 abbot Pius Buddenborg built a new youth house, which was replaced in 1973 and 1984 by two buildings with enough room to accommodate more than 70 guests.
At Gerleve, the reforms of Vatican II (1962 – 1965) were quickly introduced. The priests welcomed the introduction of concelebration at Mass. Many liturgical texts were translated into German. Nevertheless Gregorian chant was continued. Many people appreciated the renewed monastic liturgy at Gerleve.
The two successors of Abbot Pius Buddenborg, Abbot Clemens Schmeing (born 1930), abbot from 1971, and abbot Pius Engelbert (born 1936), abbot from 1999, continued his work. Abbot Clemens Schmeing gave independence to the priory at Nütschau founded in 1951. The star-architect Josef Paul Kleihues (1933 – 2004) designed new buildings for the guests. In 2004, the community numbered 52 monks. Their areas of activity continue to change. Agriculture work disappeared almost completely. New forms of pastoral care became necessary. Abbot Pius Engelbert introduced the “Forum Gerleve” for public lectures and concerts.
In December 2006 P. Laurentius Schlieker was elected Prior-Administrator of Gerleve for three years and in August 2009 abbot. In 2008, was set up the »Stiftung Abtei Gerleve« (Gerleve Abbey Foundation).