Fr. Karlo Lovric, OFM, the parish assistant in the parish of Medjugorje since May 2005, shall celebrate on Monday, July 23, at 11 am in the church of St. James, his 50th Anniversary since he had his first Holy Mass - his Golden Jubilee. After Holy Mass, the celebration will continue in the Hall of John Paul II. He would be really pleased if his elderly and sick people, that he visits and confesses on regular basis, would be somehow brought to this event. Radio Mir Medjugorje will be broadcasting this celebration.
Fr. Karlo Lovric was born on December 12, 1941, in Uzarici, where he attended the elementary school. He continued his classes at the school in Siroki Brijeg. In 1957, he entered the Seminary and attended the classic college, first in Sinj and then at the Jesuit Classic College in Dubrovnik, where he made his baccalaureate. After he had completed his military service, he received the Franciscan habit and entered the noviciate in Humac, in 1963.
He studied Philosophy and Theology in Visoko and Sarajevo, and then in Königstein near Frankfurt a.M., where he graduated and was ordained as a priest on June 29, 1968.
From 1969 to 1971, he was a spiritual assistant in Humac/Ljubuški, from August 1971 to the end of the year in KHM Zürich, and from 1972 to 1980, he was the founder and in charge of the Croatian Catholic Mission St. Gallen in Switzerland. From October 1980 to 1982, he was the parish priest in Siroki Brijeg. From September 1982 to December 1988, he was again in Switzerland, where he founded and led the Croatian Catholic Mission Lausanne. From 1988, to the end of January 2005, he was in charge of the Croatian Catholic Mission Zürich. In Switzerland, he was the National delegate for the Croatian Catholic Missions in Switzerland from 1989 to 2001, as well as the Provincial delegate from 1999 to 2001.
He came to Medjugorje in May 2005, and he is serving as the assistant parish priest.