Russell (Rosario) Joseph De Simone, was born on December 10, 1924, in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, the son of Anthony and Nicolina Volpe DeSimone. He had two brothers, Salvatore, who became a priest of the Camden Diocese, and Louis, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who became Auxiliary Bishop there. Russell was baptized on December 12, 1924, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Bridgeport.
Father Albers was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1894. He entered the novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania in 1915, and was ordained to the priesthood in St. Thomas' Church in Villanova in 1922.