Finding a call across the miles: Profile of José Velázquez, O.S.C.
What kinds of ministry do you like most?
I like teaching. Also, I like to listen to people, especially those who are suffering.
Growing up, did you think you might become a religious priest?
I dreamt of helping people. I always felt compassion for the elderly and sick, so I studied nursing and was thinking of becoming a doctor. But then I felt the call to religious life when I read the biography of Saint Dominic.
Your favorite food?
Mole, of course!
What first drew you to religious life?
The community life. Coming from a large extended family, I like knowing that there is always someone to help you and look out for you.
Best ministry experiences to date?
Listening to the testimony of young immigrants from Central America. I saw how important it is for me to be part of religious life in order to be with those who suffer.
What do you do for fun?
I like to paint with oils, and I enjoy walks in the woods.
What gives you hope about religious life?
That we can show the world an alternative way of life—a life that helps you be more human.
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