Kevin Steen was born and raised in northeastern Montana. He graduated from the Assumption Abbey prep school
in Richardton, North Dakota, in 1957. He joined the Benedictine community and made his final vows in 1963. That
same year, he earned a BA degree from St. John University in Collegeville, Minnesota. After college, Kevin
pursued theological studies and was ordained a priest on June 9, 1966, at Assumption Abbey in Richard-
ton, North Dakota.
After ordination, Kevin spent two years at the monastary school in Bogotá, Columbia. He taught English
there as a second language, while studying Spanish at Javeriana University in Bogotá.
Upon returning from South America, Kevin taught at St. Gregory College in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Assumption
College in Richardton, Minnesota. Studying for a year in Spain, Kevin earned a Masters Degree in Madrid in
1972. He then returned to the United States to become an associate professor of modern languages at St. Mary
University in Bismark, North Dakota.
Kevin left the religious life in 1975. Soon thereafter, he met Keith Kimball; and they became life partners
in 1976. In 1977, Kevin and Keith moved to Los Angeles and joined Dignity later that same year. They recently
celebrated their 40th anniversary together.
Although now retired, he was employed for many years in enforcing the collective bargaining rights of employees
under federal labor laws. At the same time, Kevin was and still is active in the Los Angeles chapter of Dignity. He
has often presided at liturgies for the chapter, and for neighboring Dignity chapters in the San Fernando Valley
and Palm Springs as well. He has distinguished himself by serving as Los Angeles chapter president from time to
time and in other chapter roles too.