The Alban Boultwood.jpgRight Reverend Dom Alban Boultwood OSB, 97, first abbot of St. Anselm’s Abbey, Washington, DC, died on 25 March 2009.

 

Henry Boultwood was born in Stamford, CT, on August 17, 1911 and educated in England and Scotland. When he entered the monastery he took the name Alban and professed vows as a monk of Fort Augustus Abbey, Scotland, 1929. He graduated the University of Edinburgh with the MA in 1933. His abbot sent him prepare for priestly ordination at Sant’Anselmo’s in Rome and he was ordained in 1939. At the time of his death, Dom Alban was in his 80th year as a monk and 70th year as a priest.

 

He was appointed prior in 1947 and the monks of Saint Anselm’s then elected him abbot in 1961. In retirement (1975), he held the title of Titular Abbot of the Royal Abbey of Dunfermline, Scotland.

 

Abbot Alban was the author of three books: Alive to God (1964), Into His Splendid Light (1968) and Christ in Us (1982).

 

He was widely recognized as “a charming man, friendly, warm, witty, and a gifted homilist.” The monks of the abbey received his body on Friday, April 3rd and the Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday the 4th. Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine.

 

Time magazine’s article on Dom Alban

An interview with Dom Alban