“Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him Forever!”

 

 

(Nick meeting Mother Angelica at EWTN, 1999)

 

 

 

 

 

(Nick meeting Dr. Scott Hahn at EWTN, 2001)

(Nick at the Gulf of Mexico-Pensacola, Florida, 2006)

 

(Nick at St. Pete Beach, Florida, 2004)

(Nick in his O.F.S. profession robe, on 11/17/2007. Note: Nick gets to wear the robe at his profession, and at his funeral.)



(Nick visiting the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, his old Pensacola parish, for the 2009 Thanksgiving.)

 

Nicholas Kovacs, O.F.S.:

 

    Nicholas Kovacs, O.F.S. was born and raised in Canada. He has a genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Type 2), and is in a wheelchair. Nick has two younger sisters.  One sister was able to walk, but she died at age 10 from a brain tumor, in the year 1992. His baby sister is also in a wheelchair with the same genetic disorder.

    Nick has many projects dedicated to the New Evangelization. Designing websites like LPCA, and publishing writings about the Faith, are some examples of Nick's New Evangelization outreach to the world. Nick has been published in Immaculata and Gilbert!, and has a published e-book on the sacraments which received an imprimatur. Nick has another book published on the sacraments, which is titled "Sacraments of initiation intimacy this side of heaven". Nick also has created a new Franciscan prayer, which has received an imprimatur too. This new prayer is dedicated to renewing the Franciscan order. Nick also enjoys providing information about EWTN as an EWTN Media Missionary.

    During high school, Nick became a lukewarm Catholic. He attributes his lukewarm faith to bad catechesis. Through the grace of God, after high school; in 1999, Nick moved with his family to Pensacola, Florida. During the Great Jubilee 2000, Christ renewed Nick's faith by using the great clergy of the Pensacola -Tallahassee Diocese as His instruments. One of the key members of the clergy who played a pivotal role in renewing Nick's faith, was his Pensacola pastor, MSGR. Michael Reed. Nick also has to give credit to his spiritual director, Fr. George, who is a long time family friend; for assisting in his renewal. Nick's spiritual awakening has made him feel like a new person, so to commemorate his spiritual renewal, Nick unofficially adopted the spiritual name Nicholas Michael of Pensacola. Nick chose Michael as his spiritual middle name, which in Hebrew means "who is like God?", and is the famous battle cry of the good angels against Satan's rebellion; to inspire Nick to be a defender of the Faith. Pensacola was chosen as his spiritual last name, because it is the place where Nick feels his love for Christ and the Catholic Church became a blazing fire. In 2006, Nick moved with his family to Houston, Texas, and in 2011, God surprisingly called Nick and his family back to Canada. Although Nick is a dual citizen, and values his Canadian heritage; he considers himself to be more of an American than a Canadian. God willing, Nick hopes to return to the Gulf Coast of America permanently; some day soon.

    Nick's overall spirituality can be defined as a contemplative Franciscan who is centered on the cross and the Blessed Sacrament (CCC 1324; Lumen Gentium 11).  He became a Secular Franciscan (Third Order Franciscan) on November 17, 2007 (the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary). The St. Thomas More Fraternity in Houston, TX, and the St. Anthony of Padua Fraternity in Pensacola, Florida, will always hold a special place in Nick's heart. He is grateful for the Franciscan formation he received from these two fraternities. Nick must also thank Mother Angelica, for inspiring him to join the Order of Franciscans Secular. Nick is also deeply devoted to:

   Nick has a deep interest in studying Scripture and Theology. Dr. Scott Hahn who is one of Nick's favorite theologians, is a person Nick has had the great privilege of meeting numerous times. Nick also loves to study history, especially Church history. Nick finds the study of Church history to be inspiring, because he can see that the problems in the Church today isn't new. When it looked like the Church was doomed to destruction in the past; Christ who promised that the gates of Hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:13-18), kept His promise by bringing the Church back to holiness. For Nick to see Church history come alive, he enjoys experiencing one of the ancient Masses from one of the Eastern Rites, the Anglican Ordinariate liturgy, and the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite every now and then. The experience of the New (i.e., the Novus Ordo celebrated in the vernacular) and the Old (i.e., Latin, Anglican Ordinariate, and Eastern Rite Masses) has helped Nick see the universal aspect of the Church, and an appreciation for tradition and history.

     Nick has many heroes who he looks up to for inspiration. His heroes come from different walks of life, but they all have one thing in common, they embrace the Natural Moral Law. Some of Nick's heroes are:

    Nick enjoys watching programs from EWTN. This great apostolate has also contributed to his fire for the Catholic Church. He enjoys going on pilgrimages to EWTN, and has had the great privilege of meeting many EWTN celebrities. Some of the celebrities are:

    Nick has many hobbies, but his #1 favorite hobby is being a fan of Star Trek. Nick also enjoys doing recreational activities with family and friends.  

If you have any questions or comments about this web site, please feel free to email Nick at: <nick@lpca.us>.  Also, you can follow Nick on Twitter, where he participates in the New Evangelization, by posting educational and entertaining tweets: @kovacsnick.

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Melody of Lift High the Cross.