D. Alexandra Dyer
D. Alexandra Dyer perceived a call to the priesthood at the age of seven, which lead to a decades long and spiritually rich journey through a number of faith traditions. Finding RCWP gave me confirmation that I truly could answer that early call to priesthood, and return home after half a century. I have always been active in my local parish and I see my ministry as particularly with those who are marginalized or rejected by society and oppressive power structures. I am a relentless advocate for animals, working to end all forms of abuse. I have a love of the mystery and sacredness in the rituals of our faith and the development of contemporary liturgical expression. I firmly believe in the full articulation of the feminine in divinity, and our capacity to connect with the wisdom of the divine. Praxis, faith in action, is a guiding principle for me, along with an attentiveness to the leading of the Spirit. Educationally, I earned my BA at Barnard College where I majored in Philosophy & Religion. I attended Union Theological Seminary (NY) for my M.Div., where my Master’s thesis focused on the Gnostic Implications of the Gospel of John, and then the Columbia University School of Business earning my MBA and a certificate in Not-for-Profit Management. I am currently preparing to begin the Certificate program in Spiritual Direction at General Theological Seminary. Having been ordained through RCWP to the transitional Diaconate in April 2013, priestly ordination is scheduled for May 2014. I am a native New Yorker, proud of my Italian and Albanian descent, who has worked within not-for-profit human service and social justice organizations for the past almost four decades. I have the joy of being in a committed relationship with my partner of almost eight years, Nelson Padilla. We live in Queens, New York with our three cats and a menagerie of birds, raccoons, and other creatures who wander, and are welcomed, into our yard. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.