He studied in Innsbruck at the Faculty of Civil and Canon Law, and graduated in the spring of 1962.
He then studied philosophy at the Universita Gregoriana in Rome. After military service, he trained as a Lawyer, a profession which he practised from 1970 to 2002 in Innsbruck.
In 1968 he was one of the founders of Malteser Hilfedienst in North Tyrol, the Austrian volunteers Corps of the Order, and of Malteser Hospitaldienst Austria (MHDA). Between 1971 and 1979 he led the Innsbruck group of volunteers, and between 1977 and 1979 he was Commander. From 1979 to 1986 he was on the board of directors of MHDA. For four years he was in charge of the MHDA hospital train for the pilgrimages to Lourdes.
He entered the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in 1970, becoming a Professed Knight in 1984. He was elected member of the Sovereign council by the Chapter General of 1984 and was appointed Grand Commander of the Order by the Chapter General of 1994, position he held until 2004. Between 1994 and 1997, he was actively involved in the Constitutional reform of the Order. In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI made him Gentlemen of His Holiness.
He was elected Gran Commander again by the Chapter General which took place on 30-31 May 2014.