By Vicki Clark
Copper Basin News
Fr. Alex Tigga, MSFS, is very happy to have been appointed as the Administrator of the Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Parish in Kearny. The patron saint of his order says “Bloom where you are planted”, and that’s what he plans to do.
Fr. Alex had been in Kearny since the middle of June and replaces Fr. Thomas Dekaa.
“We have to be ready to work where the Lord want us to work,” Fr. Alex said. “The people here are very good and nice, I like them and things are really going forward very well and smoothly. I look forward with great hope to work with the parishioners to build up the kingdom of God here on earth.”
Fr. Alex was born and raised in India, the seventh child of eight. He came from a Catholic family and had a good Catholic education. He names his father as leading him to the sign of his vocation.
He thought of going to work as a missionary from early childhood and dreamt of going to strange and distant lands and he has done just that.
Fr. Alex joined the Congregation of Missionaries of St. Francis of Sales in 1985. He completed his orientation course after two years and then earned a B.A. in philosophy in 1991. He then entered into novitiate and made his first profession in May of 1993.
In 1994, he completed his B.A. in Education and in 1998 completed Theology study. He added a Master’s Degree in History in early 1999 and was later ordained as a priest in the same year.
His first appointment as a priest was to Hartmannpur Mission in UP where he worked as an assistant parish priest and a teacher.
He then opted to be sent as a missionary to Mozambique, Africa, and his mission began in December of 2001. He worked for 10 years in the area as an assistant parish priest, parish priest and rector in Minor Seminary in extreme conditions.
Mozambique is a very poor country and backward in many areas according to Fr. Alex. “The country is poor but the cost of living is very high. We were mostly catering to the rural and undeveloped areas where roads are very bad and difficult to travel,” Fr. said. “At times we had to travel through the thick forests encountering elephants and other scary stuff.”
During the 10 years Fr. Alex served in Mozambique he endured some very shocking and heart-breaking incidents including a frightful experience in 2004 when the rectory house was broken into by robbers and he and two others were injured. He also suffered several malaria attacks while in Africa.
But in spite of all those experiences, Fr. Alex said he enjoyed working in Africa and cherishes his memories of being there. “It was a time of growth and new experience for me,” he said. “I will always keep that treasure it in my heart.”
After his mission in Africa, Fr. Alex asked to be sent to the USA. His request was granted and he arrived in the Diocese of Tucson in November of 2011.
He was first appointed as Parochial Vicar at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Tucson. “Working in that Parish was a time of grace, good experience and a moment of growth for me,” Fr. said. “I enjoyed working there and surely I will carry with me the memories of the life I lived there.”
Fr. said he would like to thank all of the Infant Jesus of Prague parishioners for welcoming him and for all the love, help and support he has received. “Let us work together in the vineyard of the Lord, helping, supporting and encouraging each other,” he said.”In this way we will really move forward. God bless one and all in our parish and in Kearny.”