The 16th International Seminar for Priests that gathered more than 300 priests, deacons and seminarians from twenty countries began on Monday, July 4th, in Medjugorje with the liturgical evening prayer programme. Fr. Ivan Sesar, the Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province from Mostar was the main celebrant at the solemn Holy Mass of introduction to the seminar.
The coordinator of the seminar is dr. Miljenko Steko, and the theme of this International seminar that will finish on Saturday, July 9 is “The priest and the sacrament of reconciliation – contemporary challenges”.
The lecturer at the seminar is Dr.Fr. Tonci Matulic, full professor of Moral Theology and of Social Teaching of the Church at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University in Zagreb.
The seminar is simultaneously translated to more than ten languages. These international seminars began in summer 1996, at the request of priests themselves and grew with the time to these regular annual gatherings of priests from all over world.