Cardinal ordained eight deacons for priests


The Archbishop of Vrhbosna, cardinal Vinko Puljić, ordained as priests on June 29th , five deacons of Archdiocese of Vrhbosna and three deacons of the Franciscan province of the Holy Cross of Bosna Srebrena.

The Archbishop led the Holy Mass with the Apostolic Nuncio in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luigi Pezzuto and the Provincial of the Franciscan Province of Bosna Srebrena, OFM Jozo Marinčić, and in communion with a number of priests, among whom were also educators in the Vrhbosna theology Seminary and Franciscan Theology.

The worship was attended by a number of theologians and nuns, as well as relatives and parishioners and parish priests from the deacons’ parishes, and this beautiful event was animated by the theologian’s choir OFM Nenad Dujić, of the Franciscan Theology.

At the beginning of the Mass celebration, Cardinal welcomed the congregation and told them to pray for the deacons, all the priests and for the Peter of our days, pope Francis. He also congratulated all those who bear the name of Peter and Paul, as well as jubilees of the priests with a wish for them to joyfully live their clergy.

Following the response of the candidates and with the guarantee of the chief, the parishioners of the parish communities from whom they come and those responsible for their suitability for receiving the sacred order, Archbishop Puljić chose them for the Order of Priests.

During the ceremonial celebration in Sarajevo, the priests who were ordained are: rev. Adnan Petar Mihael Jašarević, rev. Ivan Dragičević, and rev. Stipe Lešić, the deacons who finished their theological studies and formation in the Vrhbosna Seminary; rev. Štefan Marković and rev. Fabijan Štedul who completed their formation in the Archdioceses international mission seminary Redemptoris Mater in Sarajevo, and OFM Nikola Pejčin, OFM Franjo Baraban and OFM. Josip Kapetanović, who completed their formation at the Franciscan Theology.

Then, in a commemorative sermon, the Cardinal addressed the congregation, reminding them that Jesus had called the apostles Peter and Paul, who proved their love for God by sacrificing life for him. He particularly recalled of the, often-spoken of, crisis of the vocation.

Then the ordained priests for the first time concelebrated with the Archbishop and their brothers priests.