Today the seminary community received the very sad news that Dr. Mark Latkovic, professor of Moral and Systematic Theology, passed away suddenly.
Dr. Latkovic taught at Sacred Heart since July 1990. He has served faithfully and generously over the years, and truly poured his whole being into the mission of the seminary for 30 years. He was passionate about moral theology and provided the students faithful teaching and a holy example. He was made a full professor in March 2003, and during his tenure at the Seminary, Dr. Latkovic taught numerous courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level; published dozens of articles, essays, book reviews, and books; appeared frequently as speaker and consultant on various moral issues in Michigan and around the country; and served on a variety of committees. His death is a monumental loss for all of us as part of the Sacred Heart community, for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and for Catholic Church as a whole.
We ask the faithful to join us in praying for the repose of his soul and for consolation for his family, especially his wife, Christine, their children, and grandchildren. Although separated at the moment, there is nothing stronger for us than being bound in prayer, wrapped in the embrace of the risen Christ. While we all grieve in a very real way, a grief that comes from the deep bonds of human love and affection, I am reminded of the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians about death and Christ’s resurrection when he reminds us of the hope given through Christ’s victory. He said: “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like others do who have no hope.” During this Easter season, commend our brother in hope to the merciful and loving arms of the Father.
Eternal rest grant unto him, Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness