Fr. O. Alejandro Báez, SJ
Fr. O. Alejandro Báez, SJ
Fr. O. Alejandro Báez, S.J., was born in Jalisco, Mexico, where he was inspired, even as a young boy, by the joyfulness of priests and nuns at his local parish church. After high school, he immigrated to Southern California and became active at St. Peter’s Italian Church, a parish that serves immigrants, run by the Missionaries of St. Charles-Scalabrinians. The Scalabrinians soon asked Alejandro to discern a vocation to their order, and he began studying at St. John’s College Seminary in Camarillo, California, while serving as director of religious education and music director at St. Peter’s. A vocalist and self-taught organist and pianist, who has studied at New York University and The Juilliard School, music has always been an important part of his life. Although Alejandro deeply identified with the Scalabrinians’ charism of helping immigrants, he felt that God was calling him elsewhere so, after earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, he left the seminary and began to discern a vocation to the Jesuits. He entered the Jesuits in 2004 and, as a novice, worked at Dolores Mission School in East Los Angeles, with the Yup’ik people in Chefornak, Alaska, and with a L’Arche community in Spokane, Washington. Missioned to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, Alejandro studied theology for one year before earning a master’s degree in music education from New York University while student teaching. He then taught at Jesuit High School in Sacramento from 2011-2013 and Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles from 2013-2015 in both the music and theology departments. Alejandro was next missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Dublin, California. He values wellness/fitness and believes that exercise is a pillar of a healthy and balanced ministerial life as well as a way to find God in all things. Alejandro’s first Masses of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at St. Raymond and St. Peter’s Italian Church. (USA West Province)

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