My name is Dragan and I am the second of three children in my parents. Born in the Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1966 but grow up in Zagreb, a capital of Croatia where I used to live before coming to US. My family was traditionally Catholic and we were always practicing our faith, Sunday mass, sacraments, etc. My activity in the Church began at the age of 8 when I began to serve as an altar server. Growing up I had been a part of many different Church groups and realities like Legion of Mary, Charismatics, church band, and finally of the Neocatechumenal Way. Though many of my friends through the time have left the Church I stayed close, feeling that life without faith and God would be quite empty and meaningless. Also, a necessity for the conversion and for a permanent growth in faith was for me an imperative. I made a strong choice for faith also to escape the secularization that was in the world. Above all the discovery of God and the Church in my life was a very exciting thing and I was seeking for my place in the Church; like as what God wants me to do. The answer eventually came, God is never too late.
After switching for many years between different movements, in 2003, when I was 36, I joined the Neocatechumenal Way. There, I found myself very comfortable and in peace. The Way was also offering to me a new perspective; a Church always young, alive and led by the Spirit. The Way provided for me a team of catechists and priests that are helping every member of the community. With their help, I discovered my vocation for priesthood. The vocation was confirmed and strengthened in Italy, Porto San Giorgio, in 2009, during a vocational retreat in Italy. From there I have been sent to US to the Redemptoris Mater house of formation seminary in Newark, NJ. I stayed there for 9 years. In 2017 bishop DiMarzio established a new Redemptoris Mater Seminary, in Brooklyn and next year we 13 seminarians moved there. Basically, I am the first priest ordained from this new seminary and God’s willing, our seminary will grow in vocations, everything for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of the souls.