Meet Deacon John Torres

Deacon John Torres
Amparo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Home Parish –  St. Rita of Cascia, Connellsville

Deacon Torres has been assigned to the Catholic Community of Connellsville and Dunbar. He is scheduled to be ordained a priest in the Diocese of Greensburg in June of 2024 by Bishop Kulick.

Tell us about your family.
My father, Antonio is an electrician.  My mother, Lucia, is a caretaker. My brother, Joseph is an office worker. All of them live in Brazil.

Where did you get your undergraduate degree?
Pontifica Universidade Catolica de Campinas in Brazil. 

Did you have a job prior to entering the seminary? 
I am a journalist. I graduated in 2010 and worked for a few years as a journalist before entering seminary. 

Tell us about some of your hobbies.
I love hiking, playing and singing, enjoying time with friends, reading and playing video games. 

What is a typical day like for you?
I usually wake up at 6 a.m. and do my morning prayer.  Then I go to Mass at 7:15 a.m.  I am currently serving in the Yough Catholic Communities of Connellsville and Dunbar, which I enjoy.  

What do you look forward to in becoming a priest?
Serving the people of God through my ministry.

Who would you say has been your biggest mentor throughout this process and why?
The first person who I remember talking to me about the priesthood.  She was always praying for that.  During my life, I have encountered many people who showed me the love of God.

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