Ned, 16. Veljača 2020. 09:57
The first regional sessions of Croatian pastoral staff working in Croatian Catholic missions and communities in Germany in 2020. were held from February 10th to February 14th in five German cities and towns.
About 120 Croatian pastoral workers from Germany and one social worker gathered at the sessions.
Led by an envoy for the Croatian flock in Germany, rev. Ivica Komadina, the organizer was the Croatian soul-caring Office in Frankfurt am Main and of the Croatian Catholic Mission (HKM) and the Community (HKZ), in whose area the sessions were held. These were: the Croatian Catholic Parish in Munich, the HKZ Nürtingen, the HKM in Cologne, the Marienrode Monastery near Hildesheim and the HKM Darmstadt.
In addition to the host, the envoy for the Croatian flock in Germany rev. Komadina, the director for the Croatian soul-caring office for Croatians rev. Dr. Tomislav Markić was also present at all the sessions. A lecture titled Who Are Jesus' Brothers and Sisters in the Gospel? was hosted by OFM Matej Jovanovac, TOR.
The director of spiritual care for Croats abroad, rev. Markić in his report, pointed out that there are 193 priests in 189 foreign missions, congregations, parishes and centres in the Croatian foreign ministry today, of which 61 are diocesan and 132 monks.
There are 90 priests in Germany, 14 in Austria, six in Scandinavia, four in Slovenia, 14 in Switzerland, seven in Western Europe, 18 in Canada, 19 in the United States, 3 in South America and South Africa and 18 in Oceania.
There are eight permanent deacons in the Croatian congregation worldwide, 50 nuns, 39 pastoral associates and associates laypeople and 48 secretaries.
Speaking about emigration from the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and the issue of return, he reminded that between 250,000 and 300,000 Croats had emigrated since Croatia has been admitted to the European Union.
Envoy for the Croatian believers in Germany rev. Komadina spoke about the actualities in Croatian soul-care in Germany. He particularly referred to the recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Croatian Catholic Mission Koblenz and the blessing of statue of Bl. Alojzije Stepinac in the square in front of the church of St. Francis in Koblenz.
At the session in Munich, he thanked with an appropriate gift to a long-time pastoral associate for his work at the Freising Association, Mr. Ilija Čolić, who retired.