Deacon William Sexton Pilot photo/George Martell
This is the first in a series of articles profiling each of the eight men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley on May 20.
Deacon William Sexton always knew he was called to serve God.
Born three months premature in the streets of Calcutta, India, Deacon Sexton was adopted as an infant by his mother, Ellen, a devout parishioner of St. Mary Parish in Dedham.
As a young boy, he grew up in a house filled with women -- his mother, his two aunts and his grandmother made up his immediate family. And he always felt drawn to the priesthood.
"It's not like I looked at any one particular priest and said, 'I want what they have,' but it was more like I always thought that I was saved for a reason," he mused.
"I remember one Christmas when I was very young, I asked for a chasuble. I didn't even know the name of it -- I just wanted one of those things that the priest wears," Deacon Sexton said with a laugh, adding, "needless to say, she did not get one for me."
As a teen, he was very involved in the LifeTeen program at his parish.
"It was really through LifeTeen that I came into an understanding of the faith," he said. "It was a very immature view of the faith, because I was 15, but it was a great place to start."