Fr. Alex Juguilon, osc
Why did you join the Crosiers? I was in my late 30’s, working as a doctor in sleep medicine, not yet married but actively dating, when I began to feel “the call” to something more. After much prayer and spiritual direction, I came to the realization that God was calling me to the priesthood. I began my search by looking into some of the different ways of living religious life—as a monk, as a friar, as a diocesan priest, and finally as a canon. I even visited and lived with some different religious orders ranging from contemplative, to semi-contemplative, to completely apostolic. But it was near the end of my search when I discovered the canonical life lived by the Crosiers. I became acquainted with the Crosiers through their mission preaching efforts around the country. One of the priests frequently visited Cleveland, and I was inspired by the Crosier ministry and fraternity. It was to the Crosier spirituality of the Cross and charism that I felt God was calling me.
As Crosiers, we are called to take up the Cross of Christ and help others to recognize the Cross in their lives. It is this unique perspective on the Cross, which provides the framework for how Crosiers live as canons, that drew me in. To me, it was like striking gold. Living the life of a canon regular as a Crosier was the perfect synthesis of contemplative and apostolic life I was looking for and I joined the Crosiers as a novice in 2011.
How do I find life and meaning in living my vocation as a Crosier? Our Crosier life is steeped in the three pillars of prayer—the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass daily, community—journeying together with my brothers in our life of faith, and ministry—serving the needs of God’s people. This way of life gives me balance and harmony as I fulfill my vocation as a Crosier and a priest. I also enjoy studying the spirituality of St. Augustine, whose Rule we Crosiers follow. Known as one of the greatest theologians in the Church, St. Augustine’s writings touch on every facet of human life. Finally, I am drawn to the fraternity of our Order. Since we are a worldwide Order, this fraternity includes embracing and learning from my brothers from different cultures of the world including Mexico, Congo, Indonesia and Europe.
My ministry is: I work in the Development Office in Phoenix—building relationships with current and new donors for the sustainability of our life in Phoenix. I also work as a member of the Vocation Team—building relationships with men who are discerning a call to Crosier religious life. I also assist part-time in the ministerial duties at St. Gregory’s Parish which includes Mass, confessions, baptisms, weddings, funerals, teaching religion class to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, and faith formation to adults in the Right of Christian Initiation (RCIA) program. I also lead retreats and days of reflection. I look forward to adding spiritual direction to my ministry.
Born and raised: I was born in Manila, Philippines, and moved to the United States when I was one-and-a-half years old. I was raised in North Royalton, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.
Home parish: St. Albert the Great Church, North Royalton, Ohio
Hobbies and interests: I enjoy playing the piano, reading, cycling on my road bicycle, watching movies, rooting for Cleveland sports teams, playing board games, and getting together with friends over a good bottle of wine and some food.
Date of Profession: Dec. 7, 2012
Date of Ordination: May 26, 2018
Crosier Community of Phoenix
PO Box 90428
Phoenix, AZ 85066-0428