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

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Patron: St. Francis of Assisi


What do you want on your pizza?

I want double cheese, pepperoni, green peppers, onions, and sun-dried tomatoes on my pizza.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2017.

A great experience I had during the summer of 2017 was visiting my home country, Nicaragua, for four days. The experience began when I arrived at the Atlanta airport. I met the cardinal from Nicaragua, who was on the same flight to Nicaragua. I had the opportunity to talk to him and to receive his blessing. During my four days in Nicaragua, I had a great time with my family and friends. The time went by very quickly, and I was not able to greet all my relatives and friends. However, going home is always a blessing.

How would you describe the priesthood to a non-believer?

The priesthood is a sacred duty performed by priests through the grace of the Holy Spirit in communion with the Catholic Church. The priesthood is sacred because it comes from God and is fulfilled in Jesus, the High Priest. The priesthood is a duty because it requires the exercise of multiple divine powers, such as the forgiveness of sins, the consecration of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and the role of a priest to act in the person of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the priesthood is the sacred duty that administers divine powers in order for people to get to Jesus and for Jesus to get to the people. Consequently, the priesthood is a gift from God to us so we can receive what we need for our salvation. The priesthood also anticipates the kind of life we all will have in heaven. The priesthood is a visible sign of the love of Jesus Christ for us, His children.

Divine Providence is God's active protection and guidance in our lives. How have you seen Providence in your life?

When I was 15 years old, I moved from a small rural community to a large city. Due to a lack of schools, my parents sent me to live with an aunt in order for me to finish my last two years of high school. Even though the obstacles were many, the Divine Providence of God was greater. I graduated from high school, and one year later, I was awarded a scholarship to study for two years at a technical college in Wisconsin. God brought me to the United States and blessed me with many wonderful friends and an incredible host mom. When I first came to Wisconsin, I did not know any English, and I thought that I was not going to be able to complete the academic program. However, through the Divine Providence of God, represented by my host mom, teachers, counselors, and friends, I was able to overcome the challenges of living in a new culture, learning a new language, and being apart from my family. Thanks to God and to all of those wonderful people, this past summer I graduated from college. Moreover, the biggest blessing I have received from God's Providence has been the opportunity of getting to know Him better through the prayers, supports, and kindness of the many wonderful people with whom I have interacted. The Providence of God has led me to recognize that everything is a gift.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

Since I was a year older than my classmates and was confirmed before them, I became their Confirmation catechist. Therefore, during a certain time of the day, I stood in front of the class and taught my own classmates.

What parish and diocesan movements have inspired you as a disciple?

Two movements that have inspired me as a disciple have been the charismatic prayer group, Cristo Vive at St. Therese Parish in Appleton, and the Catholic Youth Expedition.

Who are your teams?

My only team is the Green Bay Packers. "Go Pack Go!"

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

My favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar is Easter Sunday.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

The saint people should ask to intercede for my vocation is St. Francis of Assisi.