Fr. Steve was born November 25, 1953 in Kobilić near
Karlovac, Croatia. He
completed grade school in Kamensko near Karlovac and on June
17, 1966 came to St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from high
school at St. Joseph's Seminary, Oak Brook, Illinois. In
1981 he entered the Franciscan novitiate in Green Bay,
Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Catholic
Theological Union in Chicago where he graduated with a
Masters in Divinity. He was ordained a priest at Sacred
Heart Church in Chicago on May 10, 1985. He served as
associate pastor at St. Augustine's in West Allis, (1985 to
1989), administrator at Sacred Heart, Milwaukee (1989) and associate pastor at Sacred Heart, Chicago
(1989-1994). From 1994 to 2000, he served as pastor of Sacred Heart,
Milwaukee, returning to Sacred Heart in Chicago that summer
where he currently serves as pastor. Fr.
Stephen was also on the Custodial Board from 1988 to 1991.
Dražan was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on March 17, 1982. He attended grammar school in Vitina (1988 - 1996), and high school in Ljubuski (1996 - 2000). He entered the Franciscan order on August 11, 2001. Father Drazan studied philosophy and theology in Zagreb and Sarajevo where he graduated in 2009. He was ordained a priest in Tomislavgrad on July 12, 2009.
Fr. Drazan executed duties as vicar at Humac (2009-2011), then joined the Franciscan Custody in 2011 where he served as parish vicar at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Windsor. From October 2011 to date, he serves as associate pastor in New York Croatian parish.
Lawrence (Francis) Frankovich
Larry, as he is known by the majority of his Franciscan
brothers, was born November 28, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
where he completed his high school education. He then
continued his studies in Westmont, Il., entered the
novitiate in Teutopolis, Il. in 1958, and then completed his
philosophical studies in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his
theological studies in Teutopolis, Il. and was ordained a
priest on January 9, 1966. Fr. Larry was Director of
Spiritual Activities at Our Lady of Peace Friary in Beaver
Falls from 1966 until 1969. He continued his post- graduate
studies at Notre Dame University during the summer months
and received a Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies in 1968.
The next year he was named superior of St. Francis Friary in
Gulf Breeze for one year. During that year he taught
religion at the local Catholic high school and served as a
civilian auxiliary chaplain at the nearby Air Force Bases.
He next served as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in
Milwaukee (1970-1977). During that time he pursued further
graduate studies at Marquette University and received his
doctoral degree in Historical Theology in 1976. The
following year he lectured at the same university. Then for
one year he was pastor of St. Anthony's Parish in Sharon. He
then assumed a teaching position for seven years at Kansas
Newman College in Wichita, KS. He was appointed pastor of
St. Joseph's Parish in Bethlehem in 1985, and during his
nine years there he taught at both Allentown College of St.
Frances de Sales and Mary Immaculate Seminary. He became
pastor of St. Augustine's Parish in West Allis in 1994 and
remained there until 1999. He then assumed a teaching
position in theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers
(Dunwoodie), N.Y., the major seminary for the Archdiocese of
New York. Fr. Larry served on the Custodial Board for three
terms (1973-1976, 1988-1991, 2000-2003). He worked with Fr.
Timothy Majić in preparing the Golden Jubilee Book for
the 50th Anniversary of the Custody in 1976. He has
published a number of articles in the following magazines:
The Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Liturgy, The Priest and
The Dunwoodie Review. Since September 2000, he serves
as pastor of St. Augustine parish in West Allis, and in 2006
he was named pastor again.
Nenad (Josip) Galić
Joe was born in Ljubotići, parish Kočerin,
Herzegovina January 27, 1941. He graduated high school at
Siroki Brijeg after completing grade school in his hometown.
He went on to graduate from the Dominican school on the
island of Bra?. He joined the Franciscan Order in 1959 and
was ordained a priest on July 10, 1966 after completing his
studies in philosophy and theology in Sarajevo. Fr. Joe
arrived in the United States in 1967 and studied the English
language in Washington, D.C. He was assigned to Mother of
God Parish, a Slovenian Parish, in Waukegan, Il for a short
while. He was assistant pastor in the following parishes:
St. Augustine, West Allis (1968-1974); St. Anthony's Sharon
(1974) and St. Mary's in Rankin (1974-1976). He then was
appointed pastor at St. Augustine's Parish in West Allis
(1976-1986). His next assignment was pastor of Sacred Heart
in Milwaukee where he stayed for 3 years. In 1989 he was
named pastor at St. Jerome's in Detroit, At this parish Fr.
Joe undertook the task of moving the parish to a better
location, building a new church, hall, rectory and large
parking lot. The parish was given a new name, St. Lucy. Here
he stayed until 1997 when he was named Pastor to St. Joseph's in
Bethlehem. Fr. Joe was on Custodial Board twice (1976-1979,
2000-2003) and President of the Croatian Civic Club in
Milwaukee, WI. He became guardian of St.
Anthony's Friary in Chicago from April 2005.
Robert was born July 4, 1942 in Harrisburg, Pa. He entered
the Franciscan Order in 1959 at Lake Geneva, Wi. He
completed his studies at West Chicago, Il where on Dec 22,
1969 he became a priest. After his ordination he was sent to
St. Francis Friary in Gulf Breeze where he assisted in the
pastoral duties at the nearby Air Force Bases. In 1971 he
was assigned as assistant pastor at St. Anthony's Parish in
Sharon. That same year he went to Wheaton, Il. where he
taught religion at St. Francis High School. He stayed in
Wheaton until 1974 when he was transferred to Our Lady of
Peace Friary in Beaver Falls. where he again taught at
Quigley High School until 1978. He then served as assistant
pastor of Sacred Heart in Milwaukee (1986-1987). He then was
assigned as pastor at St. Anthony's in Sharon (1987-1989),
Holy Trinity in Ambridge (1989-1994) and St. Joseph's in
Bethlehem (1994-1997). For 2 years he was in chaplaincy work
at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC (1997-1998). He
served as pastor at St. Augustine's in West Allis from 1999-2000. He served at Custodial Board for one term (1985-1988).
Since 2002, he serves as assistant pastor at St. Joseph
parish St. Louis.
Jozo was born in Rama, Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 17, 1966.
As a child his family moved to Pozega, Slavonia, where he
completed his first 12 years of schooling. He joined the
Franciscan Order in 1986 in Humac. Fr. Grbes studied
philosophy and theology at colleges in Sarajevo, Canterbury
and London, England where he graduated in 1992. He arrived
in the United States on October 2, 1992 and was ordained a
priest on February 7, 1993 at SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish
in New York. He continued his pastoral duties in the same
parish after his ordination while taking post-graduate
courses at St. John's University where he received a
Master's Degree in theology. In 1996 he was transferred to
St. Jerome's in Chicago as assistant pastor. He was St. Jerome's pastor from 2001 to 2012. He continued his post-graduate work in
pastoral theology at the Catholic Theological Union in
Chicago. In September 2012, Fr. Jozo became Custos of the Croatian Franciscans of USA and Canada, of the Croatian Franciscan Custody of Holy Family.
Fr. Miro was born March 5, 1956 in Posuski Gradac,
completed his schooling in Visoko at the Franciscan high
school. Fr. Miro was received into the Franciscan Order in
1977 at Humac. He continued his theological studies in
Makarska and Augsburg where he was ordained a priest on June
30, 1985. He came to the USA on Dec. 13, 1986 and was
assigned as asociate pastor at St. Francis Parish, Windsor.
Fr. Grubisić in 1987 was sent to Washington D.C. to
pursue skills in the English language. He served as
assistant pastor at SS. Cyril and Methodius in New York
(1988-1989), Our Lady of Peace, Norval 19 89-1991), SS.
Cyril and Methodius, New York (1991), Holy Trinity, Ambridge
(1992) and St. Jerome's, Chicago (1993-1994). In 1994,
Fr. Miro was appointed pastor at St. Leopold Mandić
Parish in London-St. Thomas, Canada. From 2001-2003,
Fr. Miro was assistant pastor of Queen of Peace parish in
Norval, and from May 2003, he was serving as pastor of St.
Nicholas Tavelic in Montreal. From July 2004, he is serving
as pastor in Kitchener.
Jozo was born February 20, 1949 in Sovići,
Herzegovina.He completed high school in Split and joined the
Franciscan Order in 1971 in Humac. He studied theology in
Sarajevo, Zagreb and then in Washington, D.C. after his
arrival to the United States in May of 1975. Fr. Jozo
was ordained a priest on September 3, 1977 in Chicago. He
was assistant pastor at St. Anthony Parish in
Sharon(1978-1980), St. Mary's in Steelton (1980-1982). In
1982 he was appointed pastor at St. Leopold Mandić
Parish in London, Ontario, where he held that position until
1989. He then served as assistant pastors at SS. Cyril and
Methodius in New York and St. Francis, Windsor (1989-1991).
He was named pastor at Holy Family in Kitchener (1991-1997)
and then St. Jerome's in Chicago, from 1997 to 2001. Fr.
Jozo was a member of the Custodial Board (1997-2000).
From 2001 to 2004, Fr. Jozo served as pastor of St. Leopold Mandic
in London, and since then as a pastor in Montreal.
Ljubo was born in Čitluk, Herzegovina on March 18,
1938. He completed his high school in Visoko and continued
to study philosophy and theology in Sarajevo, Zagreb and
Rome. He joined the Franciscan Order in 1957 in Kraljeva
Sutjeska. His ordination took place in Siroki Brijeg on
August 2, 1964 where he spent the next year. He then spent 4
years in Switzerland organizing a Croatian Mission from
1967-1971. Fr. Ljubo studied moral theology at the
Alphonsianum in Rome from 1971-1974 He arrived in the United
States in 1974 and began his pastoral duties as associate
pastor SS.Cyril and Methodius in New York. The following
year Fr. Ljubo was named Director of the Croatian Ethnic
Institute in Chicago. He returned to Mostar in 1976 to work
with students. He returned to the United States and was
Director of the Croatian Ethnic Institute in Chicago
(1977-1980) and at the same time assisted at St. Jerome's
parish in Chicago. Fr. Ljubo was the pastor at St. Mark's in
Sudbury (1980-1987) and then pastor and director of Our Lady
of Peace Center in Norval (1987-1995). He then returned to
Chicago to once again accept the position of Director of the
Croatian Ethnic Institute and editor-in-chief of the
Croatian Almanac. Fr. Krasić is the author of the book
Die Schulung der Kinder verschiedener Nationalitäten aus
Jugoslawien in den europäischen Ländern, co-author of
Croatian Language I and II, Croatians in the Sudbury
Centennial and Ilustrirani rječnik za djecu:
Zvonimir was born January 2, 1939 in Prisoje near
Tomislavgrad where he finished grade school and graduated
high school in Visoko. He joined the Franciscan Order in
1959 in Kraljeva Sutjeska. He studied philosophy and
theology in Sarajevo and Ljubljana. Fr. Zvonimir was
ordained on July 10, 1967 in Sarajevo. He immigrated to the
United States in 1967 and spent some time in Dayton, Ohio.
He was associate pastor at St. Mary's Parish in Steelton
(1968-1971) and at Sacred Heart in Chicago (1971-1976). Fr.
Zvonimir was then named pastor at St. Francis in Windsor
(1976-1995). where he built a new church, hall and rectory.
He was then pastor at St. Jerome's in Chicago (1995-1997).
Since 1997 he has been pastor at Holy Family in Kitchener,
and since July 2004 in London.
On two different occasions he was on the Custodial Board
Veselko was born January 12, 1961 in Podkraj, parish Kočerin,
Herzegovina. He completed high school in Siroki Brijeg. He
joined the Franciscan Order in Humac in 1981. He studied
philosophy and theology in Makarska, Jerusalem and Sarajevo.
His ordination took place on June 29, 1988 in Mostar. That
same year he arrived in the United States where he served as
assistant pastor at Our Lady of Peace in Norval (1988-1989),
St. Augustine's West Allis (1989), SS. Cyril and Methodius,
New York (1989-1991) and at St. Jerome's Chicago (1992). In
1991 he also attended Georgetown University to study
English. Fr. Veselko was appointed pastor of Our Lady of the
Highways Parish in Sault Ste. Marie in 1994 where he resides
today. In 1999 he also assumed the duties of pastor at
Immaculate Conception parish in nearby Garden River,
Ljubo (Branimir) Lebo
Ljubo was born in Otok near Vinkovci October 3, 1958. He
completed grade school in Posusje and then went on the
Franciscan high school in Visoko. He joined the
FranciscanOrder on July 15, 1977 in Humac. Hi completed his
philosophical and theological studies in Sarajevo, Zagreb
and Jerusalem where he earned a Master's degree at the
Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (1987). He immigrated to the
US on April 16, 1987 and was appointed pastor at St. Mark's
in Sudbury, Canada. He stayed there for 8 years until his
appointment as pastor at St. Nikola Tavelić in
Montreal, Canada in 1995. In September 2001, Fr. Ljubo
takes on the leadership roll in both Croatian parishes in
Sudbury, St. Mark and Holy Trinity. Since 2006, Fr. Ljubo
serves in Windsor.
Fr. Ivica was born in Imotski, completed grade school in
Drinovci and then
went on to finish high school in Visoko and Sinj. He joined
the Franciscan Order in 1993 in Humac. Fr. Ivica completed
his philosophical and theological studies at Catholic
Theological University in Zagreb in 1999. He immigrated to
the United States on November 17, 1999 and served as a
deacon at St. Jerome's Parish in Chicago where he was
ordained a priest on May 7, 2000. From September 2000
to September 2001, Fr. Ivica served as assistant pastor of
St. Francis Parish in Windsor. From there he departed to New
York to serve in the same capacity at St. Cyril and
Methodius Parish. In June 2002, he was named
administrator of that parish and since mid-2003 served as
its pastor. In August 2006, he came back to Chicago as pastor of
the Blessed A. Stepinac Mission on the north side of
Chicago. In January 2013, Fr. Ivica became Pastor of St. Jerome Croatian Parish in Chicago.
Paul (Nikola) Maslać
Paul was born on August 25, 1937 in Ljubljenica,
Herzegovina. He departed as a child to Austria (1945-1947)
and then to Italy where he completed grade school in
Grottomare. He started high school there, and he graduated
from St. Joseph's Seminary in Westmont, Il. after arriving
in the US in 1951. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1955
at Lafayette, New Jersey. Fr. Paul continued his studies Rye
Beach, New Hampshire, St. Bonaventure University, N.Y. and
completed his theological studies at Holy Name College in
Washington, D.C. where he was ordained a priest on March 17,
1962. Immediately after his ordination he was appointed
assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Chicago (1962-1964)
and then at Sacred Heart in Milwaukee (1964-1970). He then
served as pastor in the following parishes: St. Joseph in
St. Louis (1970-1976), St. Jerome, Chicago (1976-1979),
Blessed Trinity, Ambridge (1979-1982) and at
Sacred Heart, Chicago (1995-2000). In September 2000,
he became pastor of Sacred Heart in Milwaukee where he
served until 2012. In January 2013, Fr. Paul became Pastor of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Mission in Chicago.
Other than his parish
assignments, Fr. Paul held the positions of superior at Our
Lady of Peace Friary in Beaver Falls (1979), and guardian at
St. Anthony Friary in Chicago (1982-1985 and 1994-1995). He
was Custos of the Custody for three terms (1985-1994).
During that time Fr. Paul initiated and edited the Custodial
Newsletter. He has been the Director of the Croatian
Franciscan Printery in Chicago since 1982 to its closing, and since 1990 has
been the Spiritual Director of the Croatian Catholic Union.
He has also been on the Custodial Board three times
(1970-1973, 1982-1985 and 1997-2000). He served as a Custos of the Franciscan Custody again, from 2009 to 2012.
Stjepan was born in 1948 in Drinovci, Herzegovina where he completed
grade school. He then continued his schooling in Visoko and
studied philosophy and theology in Sarajevo and Würzburg,
Germany. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1970 in Humac
and was ordained June 29, 1975 in Rome. His pastoral work in
his homeland was as assistant pastor included Blessed
Trinity in Blagaj (1975-1978), St. Paskal in Vitina
(1978-1981) and SS. Peter and Paul in Mostar (1981-1982).
After his arrival in the US he was appointed assistant
pastor at SS . Cyril and Methodius, New York (1982-1984),
St. Mary's in Steelton (1984-1985) and Sacred Heart in
Chicago (1985-1987). In 1987 he was named pastor of St.
Nikola Tavelić in Montreal where he stayed until 1995.
Then he was transferred to Our Lady of Peace Center in
Norval where he was pastor from 1995 to 2009.
In 2010, he became pastor of St. Joseph Parish in St. Louis, MO. He was on the Custodial
Board three terms (1985-1994, 2001-2004).
Fr. Nikola was born in Suica near Tomislavgrad on November
6, 1971 where he graduated
grade school. He graduated high school after attending the
schools in Visoko and Dubrovnik. He entered the Franciscan
Order in 1991 at Humac. Fr. Nikola studied philosophy and
theology at the Institute of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb
where he was also ordained on June 17, 1998. That same year
he came to the United States and was named associate pastor
of Our Lady of Peace Center in Norval. From September
2000 to September 2001, Fr. Nikola served as assistant
pastor at Sacred Heart parish in Chicago. Since then
he was pastor of St. Lucy's in Troy, and since 2006 he is
serving as pastor in New York.
Philip was born May 12, 1930 in Waterloo, Iowa where he completed
parochial grammar school in 1944, followed by high school
and junior college at St Joseph Minor seminary Westmont IL.
He entered the Franciscan Order July 4, 1950 in Teutopolis
IL as a member of the Sacred Heart Province. He completed
his philosophy studies in Cleveland in 1954, followed by four
years of theology in Teutopolis IL and.was ordained June 24,
1957. He served as assistant novice master, spiritual director
and master of clerics till 1967. He did supplementary study
in clinical psychology at Loyola University and then served
as associate pastor at Our Lady of Angels in Cleveland from
1969-1972 and at Sacred Heart Indianapolis from 1972-1975.
While serving in the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem,
Jaffa and Tiberias from 1975-1986 he also did two years of
supplementary biblical study in Jerusalem. He then transferred
to our Croatian Custody in 1986 and served in Medjugorje as
confessor and pilgrim assistant from 1987-2000. Since then
he resides at our St. Anthony Friary in Chicago where he helps
with seasonal supply in some of our Croatian parishes and
also continues with occasional pilgrimage assistance to Europe
and the Holy Land. He is currently serving as temporary administrator of St. Lucy Parish in Troy, MI.
Ilija was born in Kamena, Herzegovina on July 26, 1941, Fr.
Ilija completed grade school in his home town and then
finished high at the Franciscan Seminary in Visoko. His
completed his studies of philosophy and theology in
Sarajevo. He was ordained a priest on July 26, 1969 in
Frohnleiten, Austria. That same year he arrived in the
United States and studied English at Dayton, Ohio. Fr. Ilija
became assistant pastor at St. Mary's in Steelton where he
spent five years. He then went to Assumption Parish in
Thunder Bay and became their first pastor (1976-1980). After
this he was appointed pastor at St. Leopold Mandić in
London, Ontario (1980-1982), St. Anthony's in Sharon
(1982-1984), Sacred Heart in Milwaukee (associate pastor
1984-1985, pastor 1985-1986), SS . Cyril and Methodius in
New York (1986-1989) and St. Leopold Mandic in London,
Ontario (1989-1994). For a short period of time he was at
Sacred Heart in Chicago after which he was named pastor of
St. Mark's in Sudbury in 1995 where he served until
2001. For the next two years he was pastor of St.
Nicolas Tavelic Parish in Montreal. In May 2003, he
returned to Sudbury where he served as
assistant pastor for St. Mark's and Trinity parishes until 2009. Since then, he serves as assistant pastor in Norval.
Marko was born October 3, 1954 in Vranjevići,
Herzegovina. There he finished grammar school, and he
completed his high school education at the seminary in
Visokom. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1973 in Humac.
He studied philosophy and theology in Sarajevo and Augsburg,
Germany where he graduated and was ordained a priest on
August 9, 1981. He first served at the parish of SS.. Peter
and Paul in Mostar (1981-1983). On March 23, 1983 he came to
the United States and was named assistant pastor of SS.
Cyril and Methodius in New York (1983-1989). He was
appointed pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Milwaukee
(1989-1994), and in 1994 he was appointed pastor at SS.
Cyril and Methodius Parish in New York where he was serving
until September 2000. He then became pastor of St. Lucy's in
Troy, Michigan. In July 2001, he was chosen as
Custos of the Franciscan Custody, which function he held
to 2009. Fr. Marko also served on Custodial Board for four
terms (1988-1997 & 2000-2003). He was also the
editor of the Custodial Newsletter. In 2009, Fr. Marko became pastor of the Croatian Franciscan Centre "Queen of Peace" in Norval, Canada.
Stipe was born on September 5,
1978 in Livno. He completed grammar school in Sesvetski
Kraljevec, and archdiocesan classical high school in
Zagreb. He adorned the Franciscan habit in
Medjugorje on September 8, 1996 and spent his year in the novitiate
in Humac near Ljubuski. He completed
theological studies at the Catholic University in Zagreb,
and was ordained deacon on Nov. 30, 2002. He
arrived in the United States ion the fall of 2002 and
served as deacon in St. Cyril and Methodius in New
York. Fr. Stipe received the sacrament of holy
orders at Sacred Heart in Chicago on May 21, 2003.
Until 2005, he served as assistant pastor of Queen of
Peace parish in Norval, and since February 2005 he served as assistant pastor in New York. After that, Fr. Stipe became assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Milwaukee, and since January 2013, he is assistant pastor at St. Jerome Croatian Church in Chicago.
Ivan Strmecki was born December 21, 1957 in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, but grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, where he
attended grammar school, high school, and graduated from the
University of Wisconsin at Madison with a B.A. in Physics
and Mathematics. Following that, he earned a Masters
Degree in Science from Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y.,
and then a Masters Degree in Journalism from the
University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was received into the
Croatian Franciscan Custody of the Holy Family in 1999,
studied Theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Hyde
Park, earning a Master of Divinity Degree. Father Ivan was
ordained a priest on May 31, 2005 at Sacred Heart Church in
Chicago. From 2002 to 2005, he lived and served at Sacred
Heart Parish in Chicago. From September 2005 to 2012, Fr. Ivan served at
St. Jerome Parish in Chicago as an associate pastor. In January 2013, Fr. Ivan became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Milwaukee.