Our Brother Alberic O'Connor passed away peacefully on Monday, August 3rd in the Abbey's infirmary. Born and raised in Bedford, Massachusetts, he entered the monastery of Our Lady of the Valley in Rhode Island, and after the fire in 1950 transferred with the community to St. Joseph's Abbey here in Spencer. He pronounced his solemn vows in 1953. Over the span of sixty-seven years in monastic life Brother Alberic served in the Trappist Preserves kitchen, the retreat house, the laundry and as telephone operator and refectorian. A monk of great vigor as well as gentleness, Brother Alberic's true strength always rested in the long hours he spent in the stillness of personal prayer. With gratitude for the gift of his presence among us, we monks commend Brother Alberic's soul to your prayer.