Richard Albertine-Biography

Richard Albertine was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on August 20, 1939, son of Rudolph L. Albertine and Margaret Ann Malik. He is the eldest of four boys and grew up in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania, the son of a coal miner. Grade School was in the tiny town of Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania. Richard entered the tenth grade at the Maryknoll Junior Seminary (Venard), Clark Summit, Pennsylvania on September 6, 1954. He graduated from Maryknoll College, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He was ordained a priest at Maryknoll Seminary, New York on June II, 1966.

After ordination Father Albertine departed for his mission assignment in the Maryknoll Mission Unit in Venezuela on July 20, 1966. After language study in Maryknoll’s Cochabamba Language School in Bolivia, he took up mission work in Venezuela. The first four years in Venezuela represented the beginning of that new Mission Unit, a time of founding and establishing the new mission apostolate among the people. The highlight of those years was the establishment of Maryknoll’s work in a new area of the country, called Valencia, about 100 miles west of Caracas. This was to become a very successful parish in the new industrial satellite city, called La Isabelica. From there in 1970 Father Albertine was assigned to the Maryknoll Education Department for advanced studies. He pursued a Doctorate in Systematic Theology in Toronto, Canada, graduating in 1972. For the next five years, he commuted between Maryknoll and Venezuela. This was something new: his teaching at the Seminary was integrated into an active Mission career. In 1976, the original work in La Isabelica was transferred to the diocese-after seven years-a flourishing parish and apostolate.

On July 1, 1977 Father Albertine was appointed Regional Superior for the Maryknoll Mission Region in Venezuela/Colombia for a three-year term of office. From that position he attended the 1978 General Chapter at Maryknoll, New York. He was reappointed Regional Superior on April 21, 1980 for a three-year term. He received permission to cut short his term by three months in order to take advantage of the Maryknoll Spiritual Renewal Program then being held in New Hampshire. He then returned to Venezuela for three years to work in the new apostolates in the squatter areas of Barquisimeto and Barinas. A highlight of those years was work with the women’s movement called Circulo Femenino, a movement dedicated to working with women who are very poor, and in the main, part of the squatter areas.

Father Albertine was elected Chapter Delegate for the Eighth General Chapter 1984 in New York. After the Chapter he was again assigned to the Formation/Education Department and in September 1987 he was appointed Director of the Planning/Coordinating Team to reorganize the Maryknoll Formation/Education Department.

On January 31, 1990 Father Albertine was assigned to help the fledgling National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul in Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria. After completing this work in Nigeria, he hopes to resume a Maryknoll mission assignment. He is Professor of Sacramental Theology and Missiology at the Nigerian Foreign Mission Seminary where he is currently working.