Father Louis Kirby celebrated 60 years of priesthood. Father Louis, born July 29, 1922, in Boulder, Colo., professed his vows as a monk of Holy Cross Abbey in July 1944 and was ordained May 22, 1948. For much of his early monastic life he was either being taught or teaching, receiving his master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and teaching and coaching sports in various positions in the Diocese of Pueblo.
From 1971 through 1977 he served as administrator of Santiago Apostel, Chapantongo, Hidalgo, Mexico, and then was pastor at St. Benedict in Floren, Mexico, for the following two years, before returning to Boulder, Colo., where he served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish until 1985.
Father Louis served as chaplain and pastoral director of Fitzsimone Army Medical Center for seven years before returning to pastoral ministry. He came to St. Benedict’s Abbey in 2004 when Holy Cross Abbey closed, and was accepted as a member on June 8, 2005.