On February 3, 2018, Frater Juan Carlos Castaneda Rojas made his perpetual commitment to be a member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.
The path to final vows was a long one for Frater “Juancho” that started in Colombia, where he was born and raised. He jokes, “I didn’t think my call to priesthood would begin with a long-distance call to the United States!”
As the first step to discerning his vocation, he entered the English as a Second Language program at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in 2006. After seven years of religious study, he professed his first vows.
“I think it was more difficult to make the decision to take my first vows than it is making my perpetual profession,” said Frater Juancho. “Even though I was sure that I wanted to become an SCJ, I still had a question in my mind of where God wanted me to be.”
“But today I have no doubts about taking perpetual vows. All my experiences with the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart have told my heart that this is the place that I belong; this is where God has truly led me!”
Frater Juancho believes that “God calls us in mysterious ways and always has a plan for us. I have learned that we do not receive all the things we want or desire when we want them, but that God always gives them to us in the proper time. As I continue my vocational journey, I want to thank all the people in my life who have always been there to support me and lead me.”
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.