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12 Catholics To Watch in 2012: Sylvia Lopez

Anchorwoman, Catholic & connected to great stories

For anchorwoman Sylvia Lopez, being Catholic is a faith and a culture that has also led to some prime story assignments.

“My news director sent me to Mexico City to cover Pope John Paul’s 2002 visit, and then a few years later, in 2005, I was sent to Cologne, Germany, to cover World Youth Day. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been asked to go if I didn’t know a thing or two about Catholicism.”

Catholic People Magazine Sylvia Lopez

KCAL 9’s Sylvia Lopez

A Mexican American whose husband is Italian American, her family is immersed in each culture’s traditions while honing their Catholic foundation. “They all kind of get mixed up together. I guess it’s hard to know where one ends and the other begins!”

Sunday mass is the most obvious way she and her family are culturally Catholic. “And we all volunteer on a regular basis for Catholic organizations that help others. The girls and I volunteer at the Good Shepherd Woman’s Shelter, among other things…and it comes out of that sense of Catholic social justice. I should also mention that if you walk in our house you see crosses on bookshelves and a large wooden carved statue of Saint Francis!”

Her mother has volunteered with Catholic Charities for more than 25 years, ministering to incarcerated youths at Central Juvenile Hall. “It’s a beautiful commitment she has to helping others, and in the future I’d love to be able to follow that sort of example.”

Catholic People Magazine Sylvia Lopez

Sylvia Lopez and friends gather at 2011 Society of St. Vincent de Paul Gala in Universal City, one of the many occasions where Sylvia transforms into Master of Ceremonies at a Catholic charity event.

As a Catholic to watch in 2012, “my only big goal right now is getting my daughter to turn in her college applications by deadline…our lives revolve around our daughters’ Catholic schools and church activities. So daily our lives are impacted in a very direct way by Catholic organizations and by the many inspiring people who keep them going. We feel blessed to have these priests, nuns, and dedicated lay people in our lives.”

“… our lives are impacted in a very direct way by Catholic organizations and by the many inspiring people who keep them going.”