Isidro Lépez, SJ
Isidro Lépez, SJ

Isidro Lépez, SJ, 54, grew up in central Mexico, the oldest of eight children in a devoutly Catholic family. At the age of 15, Lépez and his father moved to Oregon, hoping to create a better life for their family. Lépez went to work immediately, harvesting fruit as a migrant worker and sending money back to Mexico so the family could be reunited in the United States. Within three years, all 10 members of the family were together in Sunnyside, Washington, and Lépez was still working in the field during the day while taking English classes at night. When he was 20, Lépez married, and he and his wife became the proud parents of four sons. The years flew by as Lépez earned a high school equivalency degree and started taking community college classes at night while working in school maintenance during the day. His job at the school led to a position working with high-risk young people, and he also worked for two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer. After 13 years, the marriage of Lépez and his wife was annulled. He became active in his parish, teaching CCD classes and directing a program for the Spiritual Exercises, and he began to discern a calling that he had first heard as a young man in Mexico: his dual desire to serve God while working for social justice. In 2004, he entered the Jesuit novitiate in Oregon and spent the next several years studying at Jesuit universities in the U.S. and working at St. Andrew Nativity School in Portland, Oregon. In 2010, he was missioned to the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, where he is earning a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and serving as a deacon at St. Alberto Hurtado Parish in Colombia. Following ordination, Lépez hopes to engage in pastoral work with the Latino community. (Oregon Province) 

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