By Christopher M. Riggs
Jorge López, a seminarian studying for the Diocese of Wichita, received some on-the-job training this summer that he can relate to next time he reads Matthew’s gospel.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food…a stranger and you welcomed me,” verse 35 says.
López, a second year philosophy student at Conception Seminary College, Conception, Mo., has been doing both this long, hot summer.
“Working at Catholic Charities has been a great blessing,” he said about a week before he was to return to seminary. “I am learning how to serve the people.”
López added that as a priest serving the people is what he will be called to do.
This summer he has been called to serve the poor at the Catholic Charities offices located next to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Wichita. In the morning he works in the Help Center Food Pantry at 437 N. Broadway where canned and other types of food are given to the hungry.
In the afternoon he assists those who come to Catholic Charities’ Immigration Office, especially in translating for Spanish-speaking clients.
“I’m amazed at all that Catholic Charities does,” he said. “And the great job all the volunteers do. If it’s not for the volunteers, I don’t think the success of this organization would be as great.”
López said he is thankful for the experience he’s had while at Catholic Charities.
He added that he is looking forward to his second year at Conception. “It’s been a great blessing to be in this diocese as a seminarian.
He is a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the son of Jose de Jesus and the late Maria del Carmen López of Wichita.

More about Jorge López online
Video of Jorge López working at Catholic Charities and him talking about his summer is available here.