Lawrence Lovasik†, S.V.D.
Lawrence Lovasik was ordained a priest in 1938.
For over forty years, he preached at parish missions and
conducted retreats throughout the world. He also wrote more than thirty books and over 100 articles
including catechisms, Bible stories for children, lives of the
saints, prayer books and homilies for priests.
He had a rare gift of being able to write for children and
adults alike. In 1954,
he founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Spirit. In
1967, he founded the Family Service Corps, a secular institute
devoted to charitable work for the needy, the sick and the elderly.
A dedicated priest, he had an immense love for the Holy Eucharist
often spending hours at a time in adoration. Fr. Lovasik died on
June 9, 1986.
Curia Cardinal Francis Arinze
Francis Arinze is one of those rare persons who can communicate with
others by simply looking at them. The first thing that impresses one
about him is the smile in his eyes, a concrete sign of a life which
is dedicated to sharing the love of Christ with others.
a gift for communication serves the cardinal well in his work as
Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Divine Worship and the
Discipline of the Sacraments. He serves as a member of the Roman
Curia, the Holy Father’s direct staff.
other positions, His Eminence is also a member of the Executive
Committees of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the
Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and the Pontifical
Council for the Laity. As an experienced leader in the Church and a
man rooted in his Nigerian background, he understands the spiritual
attack on the family, the importance of the parish, the potential of
the laity, and the art of evangelization.
Pablo Straub, C.Ss.R.
Pablo Straub is a missionary priest of St. Alphonsus’ Redemptorist
Order. Ordained in the Hudson Valley in 1958, he now lives in Mexico
and has helped found two religious orders there. He has traveled to
many countries, giving retreats and missions.
a major television personality, Fr. Straub has preached hundreds of
retreats and homilies and has hosted a number of weekly television
series. Fr. Straub adores Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, loves the
Virgin Mary, obeys the Pope, hears confessions on missions from
before sun-up and beyond midnight, preaches with a passion born of
love, and finds time to write. He is perfectly bilingual, and even
in Spanish his mother’s Irish humor comes through.
John Vianney, SSND
John Vianney Gorecki was a Notre Dame teaching nun who suffered
excruciating pain for over forty years, bedridden with a rare
disease. She lived from 1920 to 1990. Her hospital room was
frequently filled with children and adults who came from far and
near to hear the beautiful truths of the Faith, which she told in a
gentle, almost magical way. She was able to especially reach
children with her stories – her eyes and smile were so vibrant
that the children forgot that she was even sick.
With his children, Jerry Coniker, founder of the Apostolate
for Family Consecration, interviewed Sr. John Vianney from a family