Born: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Priestly Ordination: April 17, 1994; Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu
1994: Assistant Parish Priest, Sanand parish
1995-1997: Secretary to Bishop Stanislaus Fernandes, Vice-Principal of St. Xavier’s, Mirzapur.
1998: Assistant Parish Priest, Bochasan parish
1998: Rector of St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Navrangpura
2000-2003: Administrator & Counselor, National Vocation Service Center, Pune.
May 2003 – May 2012: Assistant Parish Priest, St. Peter’s Church, 22 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007 – Archdiocese of New York.
B.A. St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad – 1986
M.Sc.: Psychology, Madras University – 2002
M.S.Ed.: Counseling, Fordham University, New York – May, 2006
Ph.D.: Counseling Psychology, Fordham University, New York – August, 2011
Professor, Staff Psychologist: National Vocation Service Center, Pune – June 2012 –
After completing his PhD degree in Counseling Psychology, Fr. Alex – Dr. Alex is going back to India on May 27, 2012. He will be a Professor (staff Psychologist) at National Vocation Service Center in Pune, Maharastra. But he will travel back and forth to different school-colleges in Gujarat.
Fr. Alex has been part of the Gujarati Catholics living in and around tri-state area since 2003. He was always available and ready as and when any of the Gujarati family has asked for his presence for any occasion. Either it is a baptism or funeral mass, either it is Christmas or New Year’s celebration. He has always reached to the nearest location by mass transportation. Together we have prayed, laughed, ate, joked, and in time of sorrow he has given us comfort. I don’t have a count of how many Gujarati Masses he has celebrated for us. Your sermon has been always enjoyed and appreciated by both adults and youngster as you have always used both Gujarati and English languages. It is hard to say goodbye after nine long precious years together. But we are proud of you that you have decided to go back to India to serve the homeland. We wish you all the best and we will keep you in our prayers and you do the same. But we wish and request you that you come and visit us at least once a year.
Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA has organized a farewell party for Fr. Alex where he will celebrate his last Gujarati mass for us before he goes to India on May 27th. So please come and join to say thank you and goodbye to Fr. Alex.
Place: Woodbridge – (exact location will be published in few days)
Date: May 19th 2012 Saturday.
Time: 2:00PM Gujarati Mass then the farewell party will go on.
Pictures by Ketan Christian.