- 2 years ago
Deacon David Lopez is Chancellor and Director of Formation for the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, and is parochial deacon for the Cathedral of the Epiphany Parish.
Deacon Lopez says he knew from an early age that he was called to the vocation of marriage and family life. Yet as a teenager he struggled greatly with the faith, having been too much formed by worldly assumptions, but returned in his twenties to the full practice of the faith. The key elements in his reversion were learning to pray, studying more deeply the authentic content and culture of Christianity as he earned a BA (University of Notre Dame, 1993) and Ph.D. (Yale University, 1999) in Medieval Studies, the witness of the martyrs (on which he wrote his doctoral dissertation), and above all, the graces of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony following his marriage to his wife, Cecilia, in 1994.
He began volunteering for parish ministries once finished with graduate school, and has served in various capacities which eventually