It was a calling that was cultivated by his mother and, while his father was hesitant at first to let his son go away to seminary at a young age, he too eventually gave the young man his blessing to discern a calling to the priesthood.Also check these out, courtesy of The Catholic Times
When speaking of his mother, Father Joe would often recall her three wishes – first, that she would have a son named Joseph who would become a priest; second, that he would build a church in honor of St. Joseph – which he did when he built the chapel of St. Joseph in Villa el Salvador, Peru, during his missionary days; and, third, that she would die on one of St. Joseph's feast days – a request God fulfilled for her when He took her from this earth in 1970 on the Church's universal Feast of St. Joseph, March 19.
|Father Joseph Walijewski talks with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (center),|
the future Pope Benedict XVI, and Monsignor Luiggi Docena, then-apostolic
nuncio of Peru, during the future pope’s trip to Peru in 1986.