In Memoriam

Reverend Graham Golden, O. Praem.


Fr. Graham R. Golden, O. Praem. (January 8, 1986 – May 21, 2021) lived his life as a testimony of God’s all-embracing love, mercy, and grace. It was in recognizing Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist as a child that drew him toward the Catholic faith and set him on his journey toward religious life. He had been a part of the Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey in Albuquerque, NM for 12 years, and he would have celebrated his sixth year as an ordained priest on June 20, 2021.

Of the priesthood, he often said, “The most beautiful thing about being a priest is the celebration of the sacraments… seeing God’s grace at work.”

Throughout his years of communal life and service, he was well-known for being present whenever and wherever he was needed or invited. He served on several boards and committees for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, worked for the Catholic Foundation for a time, and served as the previous pastor at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community, most recent pastor at St. Augustine Church at Isleta Pueblo, and the Vocations Director and Director of the Office of Christian Discipleship and Religious Vocation at the Abbey, among other roles.

On the last day of his life, as the Norbertine Community was observing their monthly Community Day of rest and self-care, Fr. Graham was away from the Abbey for much of the day to attend to the needs of the surrounding community. He last served the community at Taizé in the Desert (a monthly ecumenical prayer service at the Abbey) on Friday, May 21, 2021. His journey into God came to fullness shortly after this service.

Memorial gifts can be contributed to the Norbertine Community toward the expansion of the Abbey’s retreat center, a project in which Fr. Graham was very involved.


Thursday, May 20, 2021
5:00 p.m. – Viewing
7:00 p.m. – Vigil Service

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church
5415 Fortuna Rd. NW, Albuquerque

Funeral Mass

Friday May 28, 2021
10:30 a.m.
Abbot Joel Garner, O. Praem., presiding

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church
5415 Fortuna Rd. NW, Albuquerque

Livestream Here

Memories and Condolences

Known as a gifted homilist, we compiled clips of Father Graham’s ability to preach the word of God. 

The community is invited to share their fond stories of Father Graham on the public obituary here.

Why is it worth being here now? I imagine it’s because we all have a testimony to give, we’ve all been witness to something of the working of God’s grace, love, mercy and compassion in our life… there is something in our lives that says the story that we share, the story that I’ve lived is part of something much greater myself; in fact, it’s part of God’s story, it’s part of the story of the movement of salvation…”

Fr. Graham R. Golden, O. Praem. (January 8, 1986 – May 21, 2021