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      Fifty Years a Priest      

On June 12, 2016, the chapter celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Kevin Steen shown at the right.

   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.

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