Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey, Albuquerque NM
Workshop A3: The Poor will always be with you, and so will the call to respond
Rev. Graham Golden, O. Praem. is a member of the Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey in Albuquerque New Mexico. He currently serves as the Coordinator of Program Development, Evaluation, and Research for the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe where he guides the evolution of grass-root, parish-based anti-poverty initiatives in rural communities. Graham is also Director of the Office of Christian Discipleship and Religious Vocation, the young adult spiritual formation outreach of his Norbertine Abbey. He serves in a pastoral capacity as the parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community, also in Albuquerque.
Graham holds a Master of Divinity in intercultural ministries from the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. He also earned a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a focus in social welfare policy and program development and evaluation. At the University of New Mexico, Graham studied music and Spanish. In a ministerial capacity, Graham has served a variety of roles. These include preaching retreats and parish missions, designing curriculum around Catholic Social teaching, ministering in homeless services, community development, political advocacy, and in social service performance and quality improvement. He has worked in justice initiatives for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the Archdiocese of Chicago, The Catholics Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and for initiatives of the USCCB. His current area of research and ministry centers on the role and capacity of the parish in fostering resilience in vulnerable populations, and the influence of arts and cultural expression and identity in promoting social well-bleing. Graham was the 2016 recipient of the Cardinal Bernadin New Leadership Award from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.