Father Egbert Albert, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1892-1929)

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Born Alfred Joseph Albert in Albany, New York on January 7, 1892, he was the son of Joseph Albert and Eva Wink. He moved to Washington D.C. with the family around 1912. At sixteen in went to the Passionist novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but, though happy, foot trouble from which he could not wear sandals, required him to leave the novitiate prior to his profession.. Still he believed he had a vocation and would quite often visit the Dominican Chapel in Washington, D.C. Four years later when the condition of his feet had improved, he applied and was accepted a second time to Pittsburgh. On December 16, 1913 he professed his vows. He was the organist of his class and this helped him later when he was working in North Carolina as a preacher on the chapel car. It was a way to attract non-Catholics. On December 18, 1920 he was ordained by Bishop O’Connor of Newark, New Jersey. Soon after he began to preach parish missions and retreats. In 1926 he was assigned by the provincial to take the St. Peter’s Chapel Car and conduct missions to non-Catholics in the diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina where there were only about eight thousand Catholics in a population of two and one half million. He had just arrived from North Carolina for the annual retreat in West Springfield, Massachusetts when he suffered from a severe attack of influenza. He was taken to Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts where he died.