Rev Stephan Alexander, 39, experienced many emotions ahead of his ordination to the priesthood including, “wholeness through healing and communion with God’s people, love and openness”. This is grace from God he told the Catholic News via email September 10.
There was acceptance of solitude which comes with the life of the priest. He said “God has also allowed me to experience a great sense of aloneness which, though difficult, is an important part of the spiritual journey.” He felt overwhelmed with joy at having been blessed to journey to and through with his brother deacons who were also ordained.
Formation for the priesthood has awakened Rev Alexander’s “affective side” helping him to care more deeply about others, and has also helped him make “great strides in self-awareness and self-acceptance”.
Rev Alexander said the call to priesthood arose in his heart several times from early childhood to adulthood. Gasparillo born and raised, he is the eldest of Beresford and Seraphin Alexander’s four children. His younger siblings are Kyle, Berry and Naquita.