Br. Juan Acuña, C.PP.S.

Born: Santiago, Chile

Joined the Missionaries: 2007

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
Mainly studying in a Precious Blood school in Chile and getting to know Priests and Sisters of the Precious Blood. Also, participating with them in missions and voluntary work in poor areas of Santiago and indigenous regions in the south of Chile.

What is your current assignment?
I am part of the staff at the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago. We work with court involved youth and their families in the south side of the city. I am also the webmaster and English-Spanish translator for the C.PP.S. General Curia in Rome.

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Working with people from different cultures, languages, and walks of life.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
Working with people from different cultures, languages, and walks of life.  :)

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
I was a financial analyst for the Department of Housing and Urban Planning of the Government of Chile.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Playing my guitar and charango, watching movies, visiting with friends, photography, traveling  and getting to see new and interesting places. I also like playing with electronics. I just built an "Ambilight" clone for my TV and a light sequencer to put together a light show during Christmas hopefully.

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
Saint Francis of Assisi who I got to know as a cub scout, and St. Alberto Hurtado from Chile for his commitment with social justice issues in my country.

What is your favorite prayer?
I have a couple but this one speaks to me in a special way:

Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing; God never changes.
Patience obtains all things. He who possesses God lacks nothing: God alone suffices.

- St. Teresa of Avila.

What is your favorite:
BookComplete Idiot's Guide to Football (essential during my time of formation to make sense of this sport).
Food: "Lomito Italiano" at the "Fuente Alemana" in Santiago Chile
Movie: Les Choristes
Holiday: Thanskgiving (USA) / Sept. 18 (Chile)
TV Show: Big Bang Theory
 

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
I don't watch the show but I think I can do pretty well in most categories.

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling, I love swimming.



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