Severino Lopez

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Lopez Parra, C.M.F., Rev. Severino Rev. Severino 'Sevy' Lopez, C.M.F. died on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Father Lopez was born on September 9, 1918, in Lone Pine, CA. the son of the late Severino and Isabel (nee Parra) Lopez. Surviving brothers are Peter (Isabel) Lopez and Benjamin (Ofelia) Lopez and one sister, Carmen (William) Aquino; along with many nieces and nephews; the late brothers are Robert and Joseph Lopez and a late sister Charlotte Castro. In 1926 he moved with his family to South Chicago, where he became a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, made his first Communion there and served as an altar boy in his early years. He entered the Claretian seminary in California as a high school student; made his religious profession as a Claretian Missionary on July 16, 1937. He was ordained a priest on May 28, 1944. After ordination, his ministry work began and took him to Trenton, NJ, San Gabriel and Los Angeles, CA and San Antonio, TX, before returning to his home parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe as Pastor from 1952-1957 and again from 1964-1972. In between these assignments he did mission preaching in México, which he loved. Father Lopez served on the Claretian's Provincial Council of the Eastern Province from 1968-1972 and then as Treasurer from 1971-1974. He returned to parish ministry in 1977 at St. Mary of the Sorrows Parish in Fairfax, VA also serving as Campus Minister at George Mason University. In 1984, he did missionary work in Isabel, Guatemala. In 1985 Father Lopez returned to Chicago as Pastor of St. Paul's Parish in Chicago, IL before going to Stone Mountain, GA, where he was Associate Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish for 16 years. In his very active retirement years he enjoyed traveling, preaching missions and helping out in parishes. In his long and varied career as a Claretian priest, Fr. Lopez always followed a steadfast principle: "In my personal life, I have great trust in a loving and forgiving God, and in my relationship with others, I try to recognize and respect the dignity of every human being. The most satisfying part of my ministry was teaching the social doctrine of the Church to the benefit of those in need and the poor." He has left us a testimony of living that principle in his autobiography entitled 'El Poche'. Visitation on Friday, November 9 from 2:00-9:00pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 3200 E. 91st Street, Chicago, IL 60617 with a prayer service at 8:00pm. On Saturday, November 10 viewing from 8:30-10:00am until time of Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00am. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery Hillside, IL. Memorials can be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish c/o The Claretian Missionaries at 205 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60606; Elmwood Chapel Chicago, IL in charge of arrangement. 773-731-2749. www.elmwoodchapel.com
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 8, 2012
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