By Timothy Roberts, President, Dignity/Los Angeles
Kevin Steen was born and raised in northeastern Montana. He joined the Benedictine community and made final vows in 1963. After college, Kevin pursued theological studies and was ordained on June 9, 1966 at Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota. After ordination, Kevin spent two years at the monastery school in Bogota, Colombia, and later completed studies in Madrid, Spain. After three years as Associate Professor of Modern Languages at St. Mary's University in Bismark, North Dakota, Kevin left the religious life in 1975. Soon after, Kevin met Keith Kimball and they became life partners in 1976. In 1977, Kevin and Keith moved to Los Angeles and joined Dignity/Los Angeles late in that year. They recently celebrated their 40th anniversary together. In his many years of involvement and service with Dignity/Los Angeles, Kevin has shared many talents in his roles as Liturgy Celebrant, Spiritual Development Coordinator, and Chapter President for several years. Additionally, Kevin is known to many for his passionate interest in ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement. For several years, Kevin has conducted classes in this very disciplined art form for various community groups.