Rev. Mr. José López Vargas

Jose Lopez VargasParish: St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Green Bay

Birthday: June 29

Seminary: St. Francis de Sales Seminary

Seminary Address: 
3257 S. Lake Drive
St. Francis, WI 53235-3795

Theology III


Patron: St. Joseph

Bishop David Ricken ordained Rev. Mr. José López Vargas to the diaconate May 21, 2017, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay.

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Proclaim the Good News:
The infinite love and mercy of God is what our soul deeply thirsts for.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
This summer I had the opportunity to do hospital chaplaincy work. As a chaplain it is easy to experience the suffering Christ in the patients, but not so much the joyful and cheerful Christ. One day while I was on call at the hospital I was asked to baptize a premature baby that seemed to be stable at the moment but his future seemed uncertain. This was one of the most joyful experiences I have ever had in life. I was able to help save a soul for Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
My real commitment to the faith really began in college. I am a cradle Catholic and for the most part I always went to church on Sundays, but I would not say that I was fully committed to my Faith. The concept of having a relationship with Jesus was nonexistent to me. I always heard about loving and following His commands but I did not really know what that meant. I knew that the Church was there to help me get to Jesus and I appreciated this, but I did not know where to begin.

When I was in college, a good friend invited me to a four-day retreat in Chicago that changed my life. The people leading the retreat were young people like me. I was touched and moved by their testimonies of how the Lord worked through their messes and gave meaning to their lives. This was powerful to me because at one point I thought that my life was a mess and I really needed to find meaning for my life. It was through that retreat that I encountered Jesus in a real way. It was then that I understood what having a relationship with Jesus was like. God loves me for who I am and that love changed my life.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
Fortitude is a powerful gift of the Holy Spirit that allows you to move forward through difficult times and situations. Fortitude is not the lack of fears but having the courage to overcome those fears. I have been blessed with this gift of the Holy Spirit because without it I would not be the person I am today. Entering seminary to fully discern the will of God was a difficult decision and I could only do it with the help of God. Once in seminary, I had to face the reality of who I am, with the wounded past and the reality of my present. It takes courage to accept who you are and that God loves you regardless.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
I never played for the soccer team at Preble High School but I had my own team outside of school.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Every morning I like to have my cup of coffee with one creamer, one packet of sugar and a little bit of milk.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would love to celebrate the Holy Mass in the parish of San Miguel Arcangel in my hometown in Mexico. I was baptized, received my first Communion, and I served as lector for the kids' Masses there on Sundays.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
Please continue to pray to St. Joseph for my vocation and for my continuous growth in my journey to holiness. St. Joseph is a tremendous witness of fidelity, love, faithfulness, and dedication, among many other virtues. St. Joseph is one of my role models in the Faith whom I admire.