School: St. Joseph Seminary College
75376 River Road
St. Benedict, LA 70457

Background

I was born in Colombia on March 20, 1999 in the municipality of La Plata Huila, I am the fourth of five children of Jhon Jairo Ortiz and Rosalba Trujillo; I have lived only in this town growing up surrounded by trees and friends; my dad is an independent merchant and my mom is a housewife, my older sister has a degree in Pedagogy and has two children, my second sister works in a school in the administrative area as a secretary, my third sister is studying Psychology and my brother is in the school.

What are your hobbies and interests?

In my free time I like to read, watch TV, sleep, listen to music, watch movies; I am interested in basketball, swimming and walking on a mountain.

What is one of your favorite scriptures?

My favorite scripture is the vocation of Samuel, especially verse 10: “The Lord came and stood and called as before,” Samuel, Samuel! “Samuel answered,” Speak, for your servant is listening! ”

Who is your favorite saint and why?

Saint John Paul II, for his great dedication to serving God and people, for his tenacity and strength to face problems, for his unique attachment to the Blessed Virgin Mary, for his spirit of humility and forgiveness.

In a nutshell, what is your vocation story? How did you feel called to the priesthood?

Since I was little, everything that happened at the Mass called me, everything that the Priest did, but I paid no attention to him, it was when I began preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and that I began to participate in the group of altar servers where I still felt more the call, that voice that said to me “Follow me”, at first everything was strange and had nerves but thanks to the prayer and the confession every month, I realized the necessity of being next to Jesus and by means of the example of my parish priests surrender to the Will of God.

What is seminary life like for you?

For me it is to seek Christ and his will in my life in the midst of a community of brothers who have the same purpose, is to pray, to laugh, to cry, to share; it is from now on starting to be configured with Christ.

What do you look forward to about being a priest?

I hope to be able to fulfill God’s will at all times and through it to serve all those around me, I hope to bring the Love and Mercy of God to those who need it most.

What advice do you have for other guys thinking about the priesthood?

Do not be afraid, if you are feeling the Lord calling you, follow him; I know that there may be problems, anxieties, fears, but the Lord does not forsake whom He has chosen as His instrument, always remember that everything can be in Christ, He is our strength and our hope, He is our guide and is our goal.