Sister Alberta Dieker, OSB, is a member of Queen of Angels Monastery, Mt. Angel, Oregon. She is a retired professor of history, having taught at Mt. Angel College, Mount Angel Seminary, and at Eastern Oregon State University in LaGrande. She holds an M.A. in history from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. She currently serves as archivist for her Benedictine community, writes occasional articles, and enjoys reading, birdwatching, and life in general.