Rev. Mr. José López

Jose LopezParish: 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 IV

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Patron: St. Francis de Sales

Bishop David Ricken ordained José López to the diaconate May 21, 2017, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay. He and Deacons Gregory Parent and Kyle Sladek are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood on June 30, 2018, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay.

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What do you want on your pizza?

Sausage and jalapeños.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2017.

This past summer I was assigned as a deacon to St. Clare Parish in Greenleaf, Wrightstown and Askeaton. I had the wonderful opportunity to do various types of ministry, such as celebrating sacraments, youth trips, preaching, etc. One of the greatest experiences I had was visiting the homebound and the elderly in nursing homes. It was a blessing to listen to their stories, their challenges, their fears, but most importantly, how they have experienced the presence of God throughout their lives. These experiences moved my heart and confirmed my vocation to serve God in the priesthood.

How would you describe the priesthood to a non-believer?

It is difficult to describe the priesthood if you do not believe in Jesus Christ and His redemptive mission on earth. The priesthood is an office instituted by Jesus Himself to act in His own person to further construct His kingdom on earth and to bring salvation to His people. Jesus continues to call men of different ages and backgrounds to serve Him and His mission. This call is placed in the heart of disciples who are called by God, feel moved, and are attracted to serve God through giving themselves in service to God and others.

The priesthood is a vocation, or a calling to continually die to oneself so that God can fully live in us and through us. The purpose of this calling is to bring the good news of salvation, healing, liberation, peace, and the love of God to those who do not have the privilege to know Him personally. Through the priesthood the world receives the transformative presence of Jesus Christ in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

Divine Providence is God's active protection and guidance in our lives. How have you seen Providence in your life?

I have felt the protection and guidance of God in my life since I was a little boy. God has been always part of my life, whether I was aware of His presence in the moment or not. Growing up in Mexico, the Church was always part of our lives and I was involved in it one way or another. As a child, I like to think that I was in a close relationship with the Lord but it changed as I was grew into adulthood. In retrospect, I realize that God was with me and my family when for some reason He moved us out of our country to come to live in the U.S. Growing up, I could not understand why God asked us to move, especially because it was difficult to leave friends behind and get used to a new culture. For a while in the new country, here in the U.S., I abandoned my relationship with God, but He never abandoned me. Throughout my years in high school and college, He was preparing me for something big. God was protecting and guiding me so I could serve Him and His people through the priesthood. Now I realize that this is the main reason why He asked us to move from our home country.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

I entered 6th grade not knowing a word of English, except "no."

What parish and diocesan movements have inspired you as a disciple?

Through the Jornadas movement, the Lord called me to be a disciple. Once I was back in the practice of the faith, several movements and groups have inspired me to be a better disciple, such as Cursillo, Emmaus, Catholic Youth Expeditions, Steubenville conferences, silent retreats, the example of holy couples, seminarian brothers, and priests in love with Jesus Christ.

Who are your teams?

Guadalajara (Chivas) and the Packers.

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

Easter Sunday.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Francis de Sales.