About Josh Altonji

Josh is a seminarian for the Diocese of Birmingham, studying at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He co-founded The Papist with Nathan Edwards in 2011 while studying at Vanderbilt University, where he earned his Bachelor's in Computer Science and Psychology.

Posts by Josh Altonji:


Spiritual Generosity: Praying for Others

God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7).  There are many ways that we can be generous with one another; for example, we can share our time, talent, and treasure in such a way that it benefits not just ourselves and our families, but also our friends and the other members of our community.  We […]

with Chris Green

Finding My Vocation on the March for Life

Photo, above: Outside the Supreme Court building with fellow seminarian Chris Green (right).   WASHINGTON, DC – Just for fun, I am writing an article at the March for Life!  I am currently at Verizon Center, watching the youth rally which precedes the “#Mass4Life” and the March itself.  It’s a great time, as always!  Thousands […]

K of C - Fr Jonathan Kalisch OP (16)

Knights of Columbus Director of Chaplains Visits Ohio Seminary

COLUMBUS – Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, O.P., Director of Chaplains and Spiritual Development for the Knights of Columbus, delivered a speech this evening to seminarians and priest faculty at the Pontifical College Josephinum.  The Dominican priest exuded a spirit of joy and camaraderie which was contagious, working the room as he distributed copies of a recent […]


The Price of a Sandwich: It is Better to Give AND to Receive

Yesterday, I had a chance to visit my old stomping grounds – Vanderbilt University.  Nashville is one the way from my house to seminary, so when I’m driving alone I tend to drop in and see how the old University Catholic crowd is doing.  Nobody seemed to be around, I decided to give myself a […]

Raggedy Ann & Andy

Forgiveness: How Far is Too Far?

I recently found myself wrestling with God over something:  how to forgive someone who wasn’t sorry. As soon as I figured out what it was that I was having trouble doing – letting go of my anger and resentment over what was not understood or not repented of or at any rate not apologized for […]

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