Juan Altamirano

Juan AltamiranoParish:St. Therese Parish, Appleton

Birth Date: June 24

Seminary: St. Mary's University of Minnesota

Seminary Address:
700 Terrace Heights 668
Winona MN 55987-1399

College III

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Patron: St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 
 

Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Even though I am not necessarily either a dog person or a cat person, I prefer dogs toEven though I am not necessarily either a dog person or a cat person, I prefer dogs tocats because dogs are better companions, easier to train, and more fun to play with.

Tell us about a great experience you had during the summer of 2018.
The summer of 2018 was a time in which I had the opportunity to be a missionaryin the Totus Tuus program for the diocese. Performing two skits per day, singingfunny songs, playing wiffle ball with shaving cream, playing board games, andbeing made into a human ice cream sundae were some of the most memorableand enjoyable experiences from this past summer. In addition, I had theopportunity to meet wonderful people, especially the host families I stayed with.Sharing the Gospel with children and teenagers was a humbling and fruitfulexperience that brought me closer to Jesus and to His Church.

Who influenced you the most to think about priesthood?
The lives of the saints, especially St. Francis of Assisi, St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina,and Pope St. John Paul II, some friends from Nicaragua, as well as from the U.S.,and members of the Charismatic Renewal group of my home parish influenced methe most to think about the priesthood. These saints inspired me because of theirgreat sense of peace, joy, and self-giving. Even though St. Francis of Assisi was nota priest, I truly admire his deep appreciation for the priesthood as he stated, “If Isaw an angel and a priest, I would bend my knee first to the priest and then to theangel.” St. Padre Pio and St. John Paul II were both amazing priests. Besides thesesaints, some of my Nicaraguan and American friends, including the charismaticgroup of my parish, also encouraged me to consider the priesthood by motivatingme to make time to listen to the voice of Jesus and to strive to grow in virtue andand to strive to grow in virtue andholiness through encountering the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis recently wrote a document entitled Gaudete et Exsultate onholiness. What does holiness look like to you?
For me, holiness is the state of life in which my life constantly gets transformedby the power of the Holy Spirit so that it can be configured to the life of JesusChrist. By learning how to think, love, and serve like Jesus, that state of lifebecomes a transformation capable of bringing light and hope to others. Holiness,therefore, is the mirror that reflects my relationship with and closeness to God.For instance, whenever I nurture my soul with virtues and acts of mercy, I grow inholiness. Similarly, holiness is the assurance and the visible sign that the Masteris making my whole being His dwelling place. For example, whenever I decreaseso that Jesus can increase in me, I grow in holiness. Holiness is a merciful giftthat encourages me to hope in eternal life. Holiness is about doing the will ofGod with deep love and joy; knowing that by offering my sufferings, brokenness,persecutions, temptations, weaknesses, and desolations to Jesus, I become firsta partaker of His cross and then a heir of His kingdom. In summary, I think thatholiness is no more, no less than learning to see with the eyes of the Father, tolove with the heart of Jesus and to act with the power of the Holy Spirit.

What is your dream car?
My dream car would be a red Tesla Model S because it’s safe, fast, and comfortable.

What aspect of your home parish is the most meaningful for you?
A few aspects of my home parish that I enjoy the most are the stained glasswindow of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, as well as a relic of her. I also like the designs onthe ceiling of the church, especially the sanctuary design.