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Deacon Albert Graham lives in La Plata, Maryland. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1957 with a BA in history. The following year he completed Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. After a three-year stint, which included teaching Russian at the U.S. Naval Academy, he returned to civilian life. He received a Master’s Degree in Soviet Area Studies from Georgetown University (1970) while continuing to work for the Library of Congress where he became Deputy Chief of the European Division. During the course of his civilian life, Mr. Graham was also active in the Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of captain. Upon retirement from government service in 2001, Mr. Graham entered the Diaconate Program of the Archdiocese of Washington and was ordained a permanent deacon in 2004. He ministered in that capacity to the congregation of Sacred Heart in La Plata, Maryland until his retirement in 2020. Deacon Graham has been married for 58 years to his wife Fernande. They have been blessed with five children and eleven grandchildren.