Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Meet our New Priests

Published June 23, 2011

Father Joshua Allen

Date of Birth: July 14, 1977
Hometown: Atlanta
Parents: Larry and Ann Allen, both deceased.
Siblings: One brother, Jason.
Education: Bachelor of science in management, Georgia Tech, Atlanta; baccalaureate in sacred theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. Currently pursuing a licentiate (graduate degree) in sacred theology specializing in Patristic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Work Experience: Six years as an investment banker and private equity analyst in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

Particular Ministries of Interest: Preaching, hearing confessions, leading marriage preparation and youth ministry.

Pastoral Internships: St. Theresa, Douglasville; St. Monica, Duluth; Holy Spirit, Atlanta; Pontifical Notre Dame Institute, Jerusalem; St. Philip Benizi, Jonesboro; Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta.

Hobbies and Interests: Golf, reading, cooking

Favorite Seminary Class: Anthropology of the Eastern Church Fathers

Favorite Books: “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy; “Confessions” by St. Augustine of Hippo; “The Divine Comedy” by Dante.

Favorite Scripture: Book of Job

Favorite Bible Story: Disciples and Jesus on the road to Emmaus.

Most Admired Persons: St. John the Baptist, St. Augustine of Hippo,

St. Thomas More.

First Assignment: St. Theresa Church, Douglasville

Father Charles Okeke

Date of Birth: April 11, 1956
Hometown: Abatete, Nigeria
Parents: Christopher Ekunie Okeke and Florence Okeke, both deceased.
Siblings: Two brothers and two sisters.
Education: Doctorate in medical microbiology, University of Nigeria; master of divinity, Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Mass.

Work Experience: Taught microbiology at the University of Nigeria; worked as a medical research scientist in Germany, Japan and the United States.

Particular Ministries of Interest: Preaching

Pastoral Internships: Christ Our Hope, Lithonia; St. Thomas Aquinas, Alpharetta; St. Peter, LaGrange; Mary Our Queen, Norcross.

Hobbies and Interests: Reading

Favorite Seminary Class: Christology

Favorite Bible Story: The raising of Lazarus.

Most Admired Person: St. Charles Borromeo

First Assignment: St. Benedict, Johns Creek

Father Juan José Teran Sanchez

Date of Birth: April 22, 1972
Hometown: San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico
Parents: Jose Teran and Ma. Enoe Sanchez
Siblings: Five brothers, Gabriel, Francisco, Fernando, Juan Carlos and Jose, and three sisters, Lorena, Maria Enoe and Eloin Betzabe.
Education: Military School of Engineering, University of the Army and Air Force in Mexico; School of Mathematics, University of Guanajuato, Mexico; bachelor of arts in philosophy, St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University of Chicago; baccalaureate in sacred theology and master of divinity, summa cum laude, from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill.

Work Experience: Taught chemistry at high school level and spent seven years working in the poultry industry.

Particular Ministries of Interest: Training ministerial leaders at the parish level.

Pastoral Internships: St. Mary, Rome; St. Brendan the Navigator, Cumming; St. Bernadette, Cedartown; St. Pius X, Conyers; St. Mathew, Tyrone; St. Lawrence, Lawrenceville; St. Joseph, Round Lake, Ill.; Clinical Pastoral Education at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.

Hobbies and Interests: Medieval poetry and Spanish baroque poetry from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Favorite Seminary Class: Christology

Favorite Scriptures: Books of Kings, Judges, Ruth, Isaiah, the Gospels, Hebrews.

Favorite Bible Story: Matthew 14:22-33, when Jesus walks on the water and Peter tells him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

Most Admired Person: St. Paul

First Assignment: Transfiguration Church, Marietta