Julius' Biography and life experiences in Ohio begins first on the south side of Chicago to a young mother. His father was a military man who also played professional football. Primarily mentored by his maternal grandfather, Reverend Emanuel Hoskins, a Baptist minister, Julius expressed from a young age a fervent love for the social Gospel of Jesus and a strong sense of community responsibility. Educated primarily in Catholic schools, he professed an interest in becoming a priest and, eventually, "the first Black Pope from the hood." Heavily influenced by Catholic Priests, (the late) Fr. John Collins and Fr. Michael Pfleger, PhD, with some support from John Callicut and Michael Ivers, the priesthood, under these Maverick Chicago Archdiocesan priests, was anything but routine. With its inspiring, fiery sermons, its social protests and its unwavering love for the education and uplifting of black children, the priesthood seemed to be the natural home for this lauded altar-boy from the south side of Chicago.