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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I mean, just look at him!

Star Wars Vocation: Did the Jedi Lead Me to Seminary?

Did watching Star Wars as a kid make me want to become a priest?  Yes it did, at least indirectly. Of course, watching Star Wars made me want to try lots of things.  For example, I once attempted to “use the Force” to telekinetically lift an object in the back yard – just to be […]


Praying as a Family

One thing I’ve really enjoyed about my first semester as a Theology student – less than four years, God willing, from ordination as a priest – has been a series of “formation conferences” or lectures by seminary priest faculty on topics pertaining directly to diocesan priesthood.  Recently, when discussing marriage prep, a priest told us […]


The Only Way to God is Through My “Enemies”

Yesterday while praying at adoration, I had a startling moment of spiritual lucidity. I had I vision – well, I day-dreamed – that the chapel was suddenly accelerating through space at break-neck speed and had begun to fly apart.  The Eucharist was moving ahead fastest with the altar and the front of the Church, while […]

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40 Days for Life’s Shawn Carney Speaks to Seminarians

Last Wednesday, Shawn Carney (Co-Founder, 40 Days for Life) came to speak at my seminary, the Pontifical College Josephinum.  40 Days for Life is an international campaign of prayer, fasting, community outreach, and prayer vigils to end abortion and promote a culture of life. Shawn was extremely personable and made everyone feel at home, sharing […]

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Amanda: Worthy of Agape

Amanda has been a contributor for The Papist since – well – since we started!  Today after two excellent years, she is being called to pursue other things, including full-time parish work and a managing editorship at Ignitum Today.  However, I wanted to give her a parting shout-out.  It is something of a tribute and […]