Stari Grad, Hvar - Republic of Croatia
University of Rochester, NY (B.A., Music Performance-Organ)
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)
Concert organist, Adjunct Faculty (Sacred music)
Croatian, Italian, English, Spanish, multiple Balkans region languages, Latin, Greek, Hebrew
I read New Testament in Greek.
My saint triad is St. Benedict - St. Pius X - Pope St. John Paul II
Heart of Jesus, Rosary, Stations of the Cross
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.
Being there for and with the people.