Edgar Romero-Ramos was initiated as a novice into the Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey at the First Vespers of the Feast of St. Augustine, August 27, 2018. Edgar was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a graduate of Valley High School. He studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio for a year and a half as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Upon returning to Albuquerque, he studied at Central New Mexico Community College.
Edgar has been actively involved in a variety of ministries both at San Felipe de Neri Parish, where he grew up, and subsequently at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community, where he was an assistant to the Director of Liturgy and Music. He has been a postulant at the Abbey for the past year as he discerned his calling to religious life. Upon his acceptance into the Norbertine Order, he requested, and was given, a religious name; he is now known as Brother Lorenzo Romero-Ramos. The giving of a new name in religious life is an age-old tradition in some monastic orders. In recent years, candidates have been given the option of keeping their baptismal names or requesting a new name as they entered a religious community. Brother Lorenzo has one sister and his parents are Felipe and Carmen Romero of Albuquerque.