Statement on Abbot James Albers, OSB

St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas, has been informed of an allegation involving Abbot James Albers, OSB, when he himself was a minor. Abbot James is on voluntary administrative leave.  As such, he is restricted in his public exercise of priestly ministry outside of St. Benedict’s Abbey in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas pending the outcome of a review by the Independent Review Board of St. Benedict’s Abbey and/or the review or investigation by civil authorities and the competent authority of the Holy See.  Please direct any request for further information to Prior Jeremy Heppler at 913-360-7830. 

St. Benedict’s Abbey asks anyone who has knowledge of inappropriate conduct by any priest, monk, employee or volunteer to please call Prior Jeremy Heppler, 913-360-7830, and, in the case of sexual misconduct, to contact civil and law enforcement authorities.  The Abbey respects the sincere concerns of any individual who brings forth an allegation of misconduct, and is fully committed to conducting a thorough investigation of any such allegation and cooperating with civil and law enforcement officials.