The seventh meeting of the Croats in Padua
The two-day cultural program began with the concert of the Croatian singing group “Chorus Croaticus” from Bern and the performance by Fr. Šimun Šito Ćorić
In honour of St. Leopold Bogdan Mandić Feast, from 27th to 28th of April 2013, the Seventh Meetings of Croats in Padua were held and attended by the representatives of the State Office for Croats Abroad.
The two-day cultural program began with the concert of the Croatian singing group “Chorus Croaticus” from Bern and the performance by Fr. Šimun Šito Ćorić, whose book “Gli occhi colmi di terra/ The eyes full of soil” was presented that night.
On the second day, the 28th of April 2013, in the Basilica of St. Anthony – the Great Hall of Studi Teologici Fr. Šimun Šito Ćorić, PsyD held a lecture on the subject of Envy, after which there was another performance of the vocal ensemble “Chorus Croaticus” with Dalmatian, patriotic and spiritual songs, and Fr. Šito also joined in with the guitar.
The highlight of the gathering was the solemn Mass at the Shrine of St. Leopold Mandić, which was led by Fr. Šito Ćorić and Fr. Nikola Šantak.
Ms Dubravka Čolak, the president of the Croatian Community in Veneto summarized in her speech the seven years of Croatian gatherings on the occasion of St. Leopold Mandić Feast, noting that the great help arrived from Croatian priests, a young monk Nikola Šantek, the Capuchin Monastery of St. Leopold and the priests from the Convent of St. Anthony.
Croats’ meeting in Padua was attended by the ambassadors Damir Grubiša from Rome and Filip Vučak from Vatican, Consul General Nevenka Grdinić from Trieste, Damir Murković from Trieste on behalf of Croatian Community and the Alliance of Croatian communities in Italy and by Ana Bedrina, the Head of branch office of Croatian Heritage Foundation in Pula. The meeting was also attended by the Croats from Slovenia and Croatia, from Portoroz, Koper, Pula and Medulin.
The organizers of the Croatian Meetings in Padua were the Croatian Community in Veneto and the Croatian Heritage Foundation – the branch office in Pula.