Fr. John Lovitsch
Diocese of Joliet
Fr. John Lovitsch is parochial vicar at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mokena, IL. He is an alumnus of the Pontifical North American College. He was born a Catholic, baptized, made first confession, and received his first holy communion at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale, IL. In high school at Hinsdale Central, he was placed in the same physics class as someone who took his Catholic faith and lived it out where he says he would be challenged to grow in his faith and develop his knowledge of Christianity.
Fr. Lovitsch began college at Indiana University studying at the Kelly School of Business, but moved on to Wheaton College. During his junior year of college at Wheaton, he attended St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota after being accepted as a diocesan seminarian for the Diocese of Joliet, IL. Studies began shortly thereafter at the North American College in Rome. After completing his first academic year in Rome, Fr. John lived with the Coptic Catholic Seminarians in Egypt to teach them English. It was there where he says he was able to "see and experience the full breadth of the life of the Church in another country where the members are suppressed and struggling under oppression."
Two years hence he was on assignment as a seminarian at Sacred Heart parish in Lombard, IL. There he grew to love the diocese and the diocesan priesthood. He was ordained a deacon in the summer of 2012 and received priesthood from His Excellency R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, IL on May 18, 2013.