Larry and Mary Jo Lovitsch are the parents of Fr. John Lovitsch (ordained in May 2013), associate pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mokena, Illinois, and the founders of “POPS,” Parents of Priests and Seminarians. The group provides a variety of support for priests and seminarians, and also fosters vocations to the priesthood through monthly meetings, e-mail correspondence and special events. Larry and Mary Jo talked about what a blessing it was to have God call their son to the priesthood, and how they were able to enter into his vocational journey and share it with him. Mary Jo can be reached with questions about POPS here.

"When we walk without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord." -Pope Francis