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“God called me out of nowhere, because nowhere is where I was.”

“God called me out of nowhere, because nowhere is where I was.”

Reverend Alex Gibbs

“God called me out of nowhere, because nowhere is where I was.”

When recently asked how he liked being a priest, Father Alex Gibbs enthusiastically replied, “I like it a lot.” For a man who only ten years before had renounced his Christian faith as a freshman in college, this was a dramatic — not to say miraculous — turn of events. The freedom he expected by rejecting the Church as a college freshman quickly morphed into frustration. “If you’re free to do whatever you want, and not succeeding,” he thought, “what are you supposed to do?”

With the help of a Catholic professor at Temple University, St. Augustine, and God’s grace, Alex Gibbs was brought back to the Faith he had left. Eventually, he discerned that God was calling him to be a priest. In Father Alex’s words, “God had to knock pretty loud” for him to get the message. But when he did, he realized that everything he always wanted had been right under his nose the whole time.

Having never even thought of becoming a priest until college, Father Alex says, “God called me out of nowhere, because nowhere is where I was.” Now, more than a year after his ordination, many people say they couldn’t see him doing anything else. He loves preparing and delivering homilies, and prays to be up to the continual challenge of trying to follow God and do His will.

The Seminary is not only a place for men with fully formed vocations. It is also a place where those who are open to the possibility of God’s call can discern with prayer and study whether God is, indeed, summoning them to the priesthood. It is a place where vocations can be solidified. The Seminary is vital to the mission of the Church, and so deserves your support. In that way, the Church can fully benefit from the talents of men like Father Alex Gibbs.