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.

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Does Veggie Tales get it wrong?

Hang on, don’t throw those tomatoes yet!  I like to waltz with potatoes (“up and down the produce aisle…”) as much as the next man.  I think from what I’ve seen that Veggie Tales is one of the most wholesome TV programs out there for young children. That’s why I was so intrigued to stumble upon […]

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The Papist co-founder Nathan Edwards is now a married man!

Last weekend (May 17), I had the great pleasure of attending the wedding of Nathan Edwards – long-time managing partner and co-founder of The Papist – to his fiance, Carrie Anslinger. Here is their song! The wedding Mass itself was beautifully celebrated by Fr. Ed Steiner at Nashville’s Cathedral of the Incarnation, with two deacons and a seminarian (me!) altar […]


Discernment: Not Just About Me and Jesus

I have a lot of friends who are “discerning” – that is, actively trying to discover God’s will for their life in terms of a vocation, especially to priesthood or religious life. And when I say “discerning” in March, I usually mean, “freaking out”.  The end of the school year is only a couple of […]

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To Create Many Ripples

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa This was the inscription on a piece of wood art given to me by an older cousin of mine this weekend. I must say that she is on a roll, because last Christmas […]


Breakfast, and the End of the Universe

This morning I had breakfast with a priest of my diocese.  Over eggs and bacon, he somehow managed to put the whole universe into better perspective for me. “Why do you matter?” he asked.  “Why does anything you do matter?”  Pretty hefty conversation for breakfast, maybe, but typical for us.  “The world doesn’t revolve around you; […]

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