Current Seminarians

Juan Orozco

Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington

Birthday

August 14

Ordination Year

2019

Home Town

Seattle

Home Parish

Holy Family

Undergraduate

Mount Angel Seminary (2015, Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Previous Career

Project Manager for a Language Service Agency

Languages

English and Spanish

Hobbies

Drawing, photography, hiking (national parks geek), weight lifting and running, nature documentaries, exotic pets and plant keeping, all things natural sciences.

Tidbit

At the age of 8 I was entered into an art contest in school by my teacher who would see me doodle during class. I won, discovered I could draw, and haven't stopped since! I now publish my amateur drawings and photos through social media, hoping to inspire others through beauty.

Favorite Saint

He is not a saint (yet), but Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Favorite Devotion

No particular devotion, but I love to pray at mountain peaks and in nature!

Vocation Story

After graduating high school I had my whole life planned out: get a masters in Marine Biology, work as a research scientist, get married to a model, have a dozen kids and live in a comfortable house. Nobody told me that if I wanted to make God laugh, all I had to do is tell him my plans… Once in college I began to lose my faith, going from practicing Catholic to agnostic to atheist. I wanted to believe in God but I just could not. During Holy Thursday mass in 2006 (which I went to only to help out my sister with the youth group), at the moment the priest knelt down and began washing the feet of the 12 representatives of the community, I was overwhelmed with God’s grace and all my disbelief became belief. I had a certainty of God’s existence, that He loved me, and that I had to replace that priest who was up behind the altar. That is when my discernment process began. I decided to give it a few more years while I gained life and work experience, finally entering seminary six years later in 2012. I am currently on my 5th year of seminary and I could not be happier. That experience of God’s gift of faith I had ten years ago continues to evolve as I continue my formation to love as a priest.

Priest Aspirations

Being able to love fully through my service to the people, especially in youth and young adult ministry. I am looking forward to walking with people in their own particular journeys of faith, by helping nourish their persons through the sacraments and the teaching of the faith.

How can Mundelein's donors and community pray for you?

I have no doubt that it was through the prayers of the community for vocations that allowed me to be receptive to God’s grace, even at a moment when I could not believe. In a special way, please pray for all those who struggle with their faith! As for us in seminary, please pray that we may continue to have open hearts to listen to God’s voice, and allow ourselves to be consumed and transformed by His love. Please be assured of my prayers for you and your families as well.