Diocese of El Paso

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Home Parish: El Buen Pastor

Javier Valles

When I was a kid I wasn’t the best Christian, but then again who is?  I remember running up and down the church and as a teen I remember falling asleep at Mass.  All this changed when I attended my first retreat and started to experience life in ministry.  At the time of my calling I was a college student and realizing I wasn’t where I wanted to be, so I dropped out of college to travel the world and find myself.  I decided to join the seminary after that, and my attendance at World Youth Day in Poland confirmed that this was the right decision.  I found myself.

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Fun Fact

Music has always been an important part of my life, and it always will be. I especially enjoy playing the guitar, singing and dancing.