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:


How to Enjoy the Mass

If I could get you to do three things to improve your spiritual life, they would be to 1) pray every day (for a set amount of time), 2) read the Gospels, and 3) enjoy the Mass.  The first two are straightforward enough, but the third can seem tricky. Matthew Kelly once joked that the […]


Music Review: “Ready, Set, Become…” (Kevin Heider)

This song is awesome. Kevin Heider is a talented musician and a personal friend with a few albums out and a 22-track kickstarter this week to boot. The song embedded above is one of my favorites of all time and it is the title track of Kevin’s latest EP, Ready, Set, Become, which you can buy or […]


Your Word is Truth: Reflections from a Festival of Praise

This week, I attended my first ever “FOP” (Festival of Praise) at the Franciscan University of Steubenville!  Eight of us seminarians wanted to go, so we got in the car, set course for Steubie, and went!  I had a thoroughly enjoyable first look at the campus, and got something of an insider tour from a […]


What Do Kenyan Orphans Have to Do With Labor Day?

Labor Day:  what a lame excuse for a holiday, right?  “Let’s take a day off work in honor of work!”  If work is so great, why did we need another way to get out of it? I’ll tell you!  Work is important – not just as a “necessary evil”, but as a part of what […]


Happy Independence Day

Courtesy of PJ, here’s a song for your 4th of July! I know what you’re thinking… that’s a Brazilian kid, singing a British song!  Well, a couple of things: Welcome to the global culture. Amazing Grace has a beautiful history (click for movie trailer) involving the abolition of the British slave trade. The US is […]