Published on Friday, 28 December 2012 20:51
Written by Vaughn Kohler
On December 28, the monks at St. Benedict’s Abbey elected Prior James Robert Albers, OSB, their ninth Abbot. He is a native of Ost, Kansas, grew up in St. Benedict’s Parish of Bendena, Kansas. He went on to graduate from Midway-Denton High School, Denton, Kansas, in 1990. Abbot James graduated from Benedictine College in 1994 with a degree in Mass-Communications and Theology. He entered the novitiate in December 1995 and made his First Profession on December 8, 1996, and his Solemn Profession on October 2, 1999.
After having studied at the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo, Rome, Italy, from 1997-2000, he was ordained to the priesthood on July 1, 2000. Following his ordination he did a pastoral year at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Seneca, Kansas, and served as Alumni Director at Benedictine College from 2000 until his appointment as Prior of the St. Benedict’s Abbey community in July 2002.
From 2005 to 2012, he also served as the Abbey’s vocation director.
During his monastic life, Abbot James has been an able and well-respected Prior and sought-after spiritual director. He is widely regarded as an even-keel man who shares helpful spiritual counsel and possesses a charitable disposition and a pastoral concern for others.
Please pray for Abbot James Albers as he begins his tenure as the ninth Abbot of St. Benedict’s Abbey.
Please join me in a quick prayer for the monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey and their newly elected Abbot, that they may prefer nothing to Christ as they live out their monastic vocation, and serve the universal Church. Being Abbot is an awesome responsibility. St. Benedict makes has zero qualms about stating explicitly in the Holy Rule that Abbots will have to give an accounting before Christ for any faults that their monks might have as a result of him performing his duties poorly.
So, no pressure.
Peace of Christ,