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Fr. James Dean entered St. Joseph Seminary College after graduating from Auburn University in 1984. He received a BA in Philosophy in 1986 and a MDiv from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1991. Fr. Dean was ordained for the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama in 1991. He served in various ministries in the Archdiocese including high school teacher, parochial vicar, campus minister, pastor and prison ministry until 2009. Fr. Dean entered St. Benedict’s Abbey on August 14, 2009 as a Postulant. He professed first vows and became a Benedictine monk a year later. Father left St. Benedict’s Abbey in June 2014 to return to the Archdiocese of Mobile as a parish priest. He is currently Pastor of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Elberta, Alabama. Fr. Dean has been host of EWTN’s “Marriage Works in Christ,” “Marriage Works in Christ: Broken & Blessed,” and “Marriage Works in Christ: Marriage Enrichment.”

"When we walk without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord." -Pope Francis