Obituary for Missionary Friar Ljubo Krasić

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.

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Matica Magazine: The June Issue

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

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Seven Decades of the St. George Junior Tamburitzans

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.

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Thirty Years of Croatian Language Instruction in Switzerland

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According to the currently available information the 2015/2016 academic year saw classes staged in twenty Swiss cantons, i.e. at 63 instruction locations across Switzerland. Croatian language instruction is attended by some nine hundred pupils and taught by fourteen teachers. The Croatian science, education and sports ministry fully funds and organises the programme, selecting and hiring teachers for four-year terms in accordance with an ordinance covering the prerequisites for employment of teachers working in the Croatian language instruction abroad programme.

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Vancouver Native and Hvar Cross-Bearer Active in Zagreb Fundraiser

Matteo is an active member of the Croatian Catholic Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Vancouver. His is the sixth generation of cross-bearers, going back to his great-grandfathers and grandfathers on his father’s side in Vrbanj, and on his mother’s side in Jelsa. His father also bore the processional cross. Mateo also participated in a Zagreb earthquake fundraiser, and in an effort to secure financial assistance for the St Theresa of the Infant Jesus Home for Orphaned, Abandoned and Neglected Children.

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A New Book from Adolf Polegubić

Crvena mora (“Red Seas”) is the twenty-first book by poet, pastoral theologian, commentator and chief editor of Živa zajednica magazine Adolf Polegubić. Born in Šibenik, Polegubić is a member of the Croatian Writers’ Association who lives and works in the German city of Frankfurt am Main. Polegubić is the recipient of a Croatian Heritage Foundation literary prize for his monograph Dušobrižništvo za Hrvate u Njemačkoj (“The Pastoral Care of Croatians in Germany”) published in 2017 as part of the eminent Diaspora Croatica series.

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Matica Magazine: The May Issue

In our thematic examination of the Adriatic isles we look at the culture, history and natural bounty of the island of Mljet, situated in the magical waters facing Dubrovnik. Along with the crossing of the apostle Paul’s travels and this island, and a literary residence at an Odyssean refuge, readers will learn of the fascinating careers of people that have left Mljet to live in New York and California.

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Trial and Warning

We all undergo changes, and doubtlessly Croatia will look different after Corona. I sincerely hope that this change will be for the better, and will leave us better organized, that human qualities, unity, relying on local producers, innovation and functionality will be appreciated…, says Božo Skoko professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the…

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