For Antonio Torres Carattini, serving others has always come naturally. As a member of Blessed Trinity, he has served as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, extraordinary minister of the sick, sacristan and served on retreats.
“I have always liked to serve others in all the ways I can,” Carattini stated.
Carattini was born in Puerto Rico 58 years ago. He was educated as a Catholic, and his mother would pray the rosary with him every night and take him to Mass every Sunday.
In 1976, Carattini moved to New Jersey with his older sister to finish high school. In 1978, he joined the U.S. Marines and in 1981, moved back to Puerto Rico to study criminal justice at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He married his wife, Luz, in 1983 and had two daughters. In 1986, he joined the Puerto Rican State Police. In 2012, after his wife retired as a teacher, they decided to move to Florida.
He felt the call to the diaconate in the 2000 when he attended the retreat John XXIII. Since he had finished his diaconate formation in 2009 in Puerto Rico and received the ministry of lector and acolyte in August 2015, he was accepted for ordination in 2017.
“These last two years, have being a blessing, because I learned many things needed to know better the diocese and to serve in a better way the people of God,” Carattini said. “It has being a long journey for which I feel blessed, because now I can say I’m completely satisfied, with no doubt in me. This call is genuine because when the Lord calls you there’s nothing you can do about it. Nothing can stop you to fulfill God’s will.”
1 of 10 men who shared stories of faith on their diaconate journey before Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate on June 10, 2017