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Current Seminarians

Marko Pranic

Diocese of Albany, New York

Birthday

August 15

Ordination Year

2023

Home Town

Stari Grad, Hvar - Republic of Croatia

Undergraduate

University of Rochester, NY (B.A., Music Performance-Organ)

Graduate Degree

S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome, Italy); M.A. in Systematic Theology, St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry; S.T.L., Liturgy and Sacramental Theology, Pontifical Faculty of Theology/Liturgical Institute (candidate, 2020)

Previous Career

Concert organist, Adjunct Faculty (Sacred music)

Languages

Croatian, Italian, English, Spanish, multiple Balkans region languages, Latin, Greek, Hebrew

Tidbit

I read New Testament in Greek.

Favorite Saint

My saint triad is St. Benedict - St. Pius X - Pope St. John Paul II

Favorite Devotion

Heart of Jesus, Rosary, Stations of the Cross

Vocation Story

I am originally from Stari Grad, a small town on the island of Hvar (an island in Adriatic/Mediterranean), in Croatia, and I come from the family of seven (mom, dad, myself, two younger brothers, and two younger sisters). I am a cradle catholic. At the early age, I fell in love with church music and organ (thanks to my late grandfather), and in many ways that helped my vocation. I was also truly blessed with a pastor who recognized the seeds of vocation, and who supported it and nurtured it. I entered the high school seminary, and continued through the first two years of college. After that, I took a break to study theology as a lay person, while pursuing the studies in sacred music (organ performance and Gregorian chant). My path has led me from Split and Zagreb to Rome, and subsequently to Rochester (NY), and finally to Albany (NY), the Diocese for which I am the candidate now.
I am looking forward to spending next four years here at Mundelein, getting formed and informed, meeting and making new friends, and also finishing my Licentiate and Doctorate in Liturgy and Sacramental Theology.

Priest Aspirations

Being there for and with the people.