MOUNT ANGEL — Benedictine Father Jerome Young died Dec. 8 after a long struggle with leukemia. He was 54.

Born Feb. 25, 1958, in Portland, he studied first in Eugene before going on to Harvard College where he received a degree in classical languages. He made his profession in 1982. In 1986, he received a master’s of theology from Mount Angel Seminary and was ordained a priest by [then archbishop] Cardinal William Levada. He went on to earn an STL in moral theology in 1994 while studying in Rome.

He excelled in classical languages and theology and taught in the seminary where he won respect not only as a teacher but also as a spiritual director for many seminarians and non-seminarians. For many years he served as secretary to the Senior Council and the Chapter and was the Abbey acquisitions librarian and Library Board member. He also assisted in the formation of junior monks as junior master and a member of the Formation Council.

He is survived by his sisters Marilyn Ellis (John) and Elizabeth Clark (and husband Daniel), nephews Ryan Ellis (Heather), Colin Young; his nieces Lauren Clark, and Rose Young; and two great-nephews Gavin and Preston Ellis.

A vigil will be held Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a funeral Mass, at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Mount Angel Abbey Church.