Scientific Symposium

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A scientific symposium on the first 100 years in the life of the Province of Croatia was held in Zagreb, September 29-20, 2008. The event was held to coincide with the closing of the jubilee year of three Provinces: Padua, Croatia, and Slovenia.

In 1827, because of the suppression of many friaries in the Paduan Province, the Provinces of Padua and Croatia come together to form the Province of Dalmatia-Padua. In 1907, after 80 years of life together, the two Provinces, renewed and invigorated, went their separate ways.

In these two days, 16 presentations were given with the purpose of shedding light on the life, activity, socio-political situation, and the more significant persons that aided the development of the Province these 100 years. In order to express appreciation to the Friars who have gone before us and to the work of the Friars, we engaged a better understanding of the past and continue with a renewed enthusiasm and witness to the Franciscan charism  for today.

There were many Friars present form Croatia and Slovenia, who usually celebrate an annual gathering of the two Provinces at this time. Representatives from the Paduan Province were also present, as well as the Minister General, Friar Marco Tasca, who presided at the Thanksgiving Eucharist on the Feast of St. Jerome.