Alexis Longoria was initiated as a novice at 1st Vespers of the Feast of Saint Augustine on August 27, 2019. Alexis was born in El Paso, Texas, raised in New Mexico, and is a recent graduate of the Franciscan University of St. Bonaventure in New York state.
He spent his first year in college at Eastern New Mexico University before transferring to St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. As a pre-postulant of the Franciscan community, he was involved in a number of outreach ministries. After graduation and making several retreats at Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey over the last several years, Longoria became a postulant with the Norbertines.
Alexis is the son of Jesus and Blanca Torres of Albuquerque; he has one brother and two sisters.
Alexis said, “One of the most moving parts of the ceremony to me was when, after being given the habit from the Abbot, two confreres and I went to the vestry so they could help me put it on. We were out of sight from the sanctuary and yet there was still an awareness within me of the sacred playing out in those moments. It was a situation of daily ritual where I came to understand the real meaning behind the symbol I was receiving.
After they helped me put on the Norbertine habit, I looked at myself briefly in the mirror before heading back into the sanctuary. I did not recognize myself and for a moment I even felt I was losing a bit of my self-expression. Then I realized that I was wearing essentially the same thing as my two Norbertine brothers. These two men with whom I´d shared life for the past few months caused me to reflect on just how much this community has enhanced my life in all aspects. I realized that my self-expression was not being hindered, but broadened by my relationships.”