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Fr. Lawrence Lovasik, S.V.D.

Fr. 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.

Roman Curia Cardinal Francis Arinze

Cardinal 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.

 Such 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.

 Among 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.

Fr. Pablo Straub, C.Ss.R.

Fr. 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. 

As 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.

Sr. John Vianney, SSND

Sr. 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 perspective.
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