Over the past two decades he has spent the summer on his native island, not resting, but rather renovating the old family home. Roko has also built a new house for his grandchildren with four well-appointed flats with a view of the blue Adriatic Sea. The Tanfara’s spend their golden years weighing each summer between their dreams of relocating to Croatia and their Canadian reality with four grandchildren.
A new St Blasius chapel was consecrated in Tisovac near Staro Petrovo Selo following a three-year construction project initiated by a number of local Tisovac residents gathered under the umbrella of the Sveti Blaž association, and by the family of Antun and Mirjana Valčić of Switzerland.
August Šenoa’s Zlatarovo zlato (“The Goldsmith’s Treasure”) has finally seen a Spanish language edition as El Tesoro del Orfebre, translated by Adriana Ivana Smajić and Joza Vrljičak and featured in a virtual book promo event.
Petra Anić of Posušje in Bosnia-Herzegovina was voted most photogenic (votes cast via the FaceBook Internet portal), Annamarija Bunoza of Austria was the second runner up, the first runner up was Angela Miljak of South Africa, and the pageant winner was Ivana Glavić of Canada.
The sculpture has been completed and was unveiled at a modest ceremony that brought together representatives of associations active in culture from all four recognised Molise Croatian settlements: Kruč, Mundimitar, Filić (Stifilić) and Tavela. The project is the brainchild of Paolina Ferrante, president of the Luigi Zara culture association of Filič.
Krasić’s contribution to the formative period of Croatian language instruction abroad was massive and aimed at promoting our language and culture in North America. He left his homeland with a broad educational background and worked in the frame of Catholic missions in the Croatian communities on the dissemination of our language and culture in the anglophone world, all whilst discharging his complex parish duties while resident in the USA and in Canada. He enriched his new home through the organisation of Croatian language instruction and the printing of textbooks, magazines and books.
The 2020 number 6 issue of Matica magazine covers events in the Croatian communities abroad across many continents and continues our series on the Adriatic islands with the cultural and natural wonders of the central Adriatic island of Pag, situated between the Velebit channel and the Kvarnerić strait, and the stories of the people that have left the island to settle abroad
Accompanying the event will be the Toys at Heart exhibition and workshops for children on the topic of cultural heritage organised by the Croatian Heritage Foundation’s department for education, science and sports.
The one hundredth Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Foundation endowment fund was established with a 250-thousand-dollar donation from Elizabeth Salinger. An endowment fund with the CFU Scholarship Foundation, which marks its 62nd anniversary in June, requires a minimum donation of ten thousand US dollars.
Over its seven decades the ensemble has been led by instructors, choreographers and musical directors Bernard M. Luketich, Mary C. Luketich, John Gregurich, George Merlin, Chuck and Barbara Muchnok, Joseph Grcevich and Marlene Luketich Kochis. Helping out with the choreography for a time were specialist folklore artists and choreographers with the Lado ensemble out of Zagreb: Nevenka Vujčić Dubyak, Ivo Šulina, Nenad Breka, and Ivo Kirinčić from Karlovac.