Back in the fold,
better than ever
BROTHER JUAN JOSÉ JÁUREGUI, O.F.M.
Many people wander from their faith for a period,
and Brother Juan José Jáuregui, O.F.M. is no exception. His life today as a Franciscan Friar, after a
period of distance from his childhood faith, is proof
that you can not only return, but also find a richer,
fuller life in the doing. He belongs to the Franciscan
Friars of the Saint Barbara Province, headquartered
in Oakland, California, and ministers to the sick as a
nursing assistant in a healthcare facility.
What’s your favorite part
of your current ministry?
The trust that sick people put in me.
Ever had any nicknames?
Juanjo, JJ, Fray, Brother.
What first drew you
to religious life?
My own spiritual needs, curiosity, and
concerns about something unknown—
about God and myself.
When you were growing
up, did you think you might
become a religious?
Ever since I was a boy, I liked helping
at church, and I enjoyed being an altar
boy. It became something that brought
me satisfaction. After adolescence, I
forgot about it and didn’t take my faith
seriously to the point that I distanced
myself from the church. However,
after I came to the United States from
Mexico and worked a number of years, I
realized that I needed to return.
Your favorite way to pray?
Alone, contemplating nature.
What would people be
surprised to learn about you?
That I know how to handle pistols,
shoot, and ride a horse.
What is the best part
of living in community?
When I am going through a rough
time and I need something, there is a
brother there to help me.
Any words of wisdom
for those considering
There is always a moment in our lives
that may be shocking, that may change
our lives and bring out our best and
show us what we have inside. We should
not ignore those moments. We should
not be afraid of showing who we are, or
of going where God is calling us.
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