Consul Mikac and mayor Balg congratulated the association on its milestone. Association president Mašić thanked the membership, in particular the football (soccer) team, and presented letters of appreciation.
The Roman Catholic mass at the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ljubljana, the capital city of neighbouring Slovenia, was celebrated by Josip Mrzljak, the bishop of Varaždin, and marks the fiftieth anniversary of Croatian language masses. The event was celebrated as part of the 31st Days of Christmas of ethnic Croatian Catholics in Slovenia
Family doctor Davorka Križaj Kapljić’s second collection of poems was recently promoted in Toronto. Her poetry revolves largely around the love she feels for her native land and her childhood memories of the Međimurje region and Zagreb.
The documentary is directed by Ištvan Filaković, with screenplay by Vladimir Brnardić and Nenad Bach, Dražen Lipka serving as director of photography, editing by Mladen Radaković, and with music composed by Nenad Bach. The original soundtrack was recorded by the Croatian Radio and Television Symphonic Orchestra under conductor Alan Bjelinski.
The event opened with a Croatian language mass at St Mary of Carmel church in Staro Velenje, celebrated by the priest Tomislav Markić. Joining the local Croatian community for the event was Croatian Heritage Foundation executive secretary Diana Mašala Perković.
The exhibition is hosted by the Croatian Heritage Foundation, with Effatha, a Roman Catholic prayer group on hand to sing at the opening.
Božo Skoko has released an expanded and revised English language edition of his successful book Kakvi su Hrvati under the title Understanding Croatia – A Collection of Essays on Croatian Identity.
CHF deputy director Ivan Tepeš and the head of our education, science and sports department Lada Kanajet Šimić took part in the HOŠIG event on behalf of the Croatian Heritage Foundation.
The Croatian Heritage Foundation has created a digital edition (PDF file) of one of the key works covering Croatian settlement of North America, Ante Tresić Pavičić’s exhaustive 1907 travelogue Preko Atlantika do Pacifika / Život Hrvata u Sjevernoj Americi – putopisna, estetska, ekonomska i politička promatranja (Across the Atlantic to the Pacific / The Lives of Croatians in North America – Travelogue, Aesthetic, Economic and Political Observations).
This issue of Matica magazine offers forty excellent articles and some one hundred photos from the authentic ethnic Croatian scene around the world