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Video: Young Rapper Priest Who Didn’t Like Church Growing Up Reaches Out to Young People

Zoe Romanowsky - published on 07/09/15

Fr. Joshua Johnson is a young African-American priest making a difference

Fr. Joshua Johnson has been a priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for a couple of years. He has been the keynote speaker at the African-American Youth Congress in Lafayette, LA, an annual gathering of 600 teens, sponsored by Catholic Extension, which also made this video about the young priest.

At 27, Fr. Joshua was the youngest priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge when he was ordained. He is now in his second year as a priest after trying for years to run from his calling. He says he didn’t like chuch as a kid and spent his teen years trying to fill up his heart with being popular, girls, and various kinds of sinful behavior. Now, he reaches out to young people using rap music to communicate his message.

“We need to immerse ourselves in Jesus’ word so that he can speak truth to us.” says Fr. Joshua.

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