Orozco, Fr. Juan Pablo

I was born in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, Mexico. I was raised in a very catholic, and active in the Charismatic Renewal, family. From my earliest years I was taught how to pray, and to love Jesus, and Mary.

I had a really blessed childhood I was a very happy child. I had the perfect dad, and the most loving mom I could ever ask for. In Mexico the extended family was always together, the cousins, uncles, all, would come together on Saturdays or Sundays for family time. However, as I young boy I was not aware of the economic struggles my parents were going through, and when the news of our family moving to the U.S. came out, I was not very happy. It was as if God had purposely decided to take me away from my beloved family, friends and school in order to throw me into a place I didn’t want to go, a place completely foreign to me (foreign culture, foreign language).

I was around 12 when I arrived to Conroe, Texas, USA. It took me some years to adapt to the new lifestyle that came to my life. I was never really happy until I had my first encounter with the Lord, who opened my eyes at the age of 16 and led me into understanding my life better. I began healing and growing as a person. It was at this age that I had my first retreat. However, I never joined a community to grow in Christ, and consequently my faith was cooled down. When I started going to college a greater temptation came to my life I slowly fell into it. I began a life of college partying, and even doubting everything I had once believed. However, I discovered that I was feeling really empty inside and that nothing could fill me up.

One day at a powerful charismatic prayer meeting at my parish I was healed from various diseases, sport injuries, and also from depression. After I decided to give my life to Jesus, I told him I wanted to be his disciple and gave him full permission to do what he pleases in me. It was incredible. I literally felt a warm hand touch my back during the prayer, and so I turned around to see if there was anyone behind me and when I discovered that there wasn’t anyone there I collapsed on my knees and cried out to the Lord, knowing it was Him who was touching me.

Since then I decided to get some formation and started serving. The Lord has been really merciful to me allowing me to serve in many different ministries: leading worship, participating in healing prayers as the lead and also as intercessor, helping in many retreats, preaching, helping out at youth events, writing songs for the church, and I have gotten the opportunity to play at concerts different times, which I am forever thankful for. Praise God that people would allow a person like me to lead such a things!

During my formation and other retreats I met Fr. Francis Frankovich in the Charismatic Center in Houston and was really happy to find such amazing priest! People had been telling me that I would be a great priest. After taking a vocational retreat I spoke to Fr. Francis about seminary. I really felt that I needed to experience seminary, that I wasn’t going to figure out God’s will just staying where I was.

I have always been about evangelizing after I was evangelized myself, and I really like the work of the Companions of the Cross with the New Evangelization. I would like to do this type of ministry for the rest of my life. I want to love and serve the Church, spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, and help others have an encounter with the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit.

What kind of ministry are you doing now?

I am currently serving as the associate-director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, TX.