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Carmen Verlichak author of the book Edificios y monumentos de los Croatas de la Argentina
By Darko Žubrinić | Published  11/19/2014 | People , Education , Culture And Arts | Unrated
Containing the story of Stjepan Gregov, who fulfilled his promise to build a church in Argentina


Carmen Verlichak among saffrons, in front of a chapel devoted to Croatian Defenders, situated on Medvednica hill near Zagreb.
Photo by Darko Žubrinić, spring 2007.

Those interested for more details may contact Mrs. Carmen Verlichak, the author of the book, at
croatasdelaargentina@hotmail.com or krivodolpress@gmail.com


Summary. Carmen Verlichak is the author of a new monograph entitled Edificios y monumentos de los Croatas de la Argentina, published in 2014 by her own company Krivodol Press (Krivodol is a village in Croatia, from where her parents originate). She provides short stories about numerous Croatian families in Argentina. Especially interesting is the story about Father Stjepan Gregov from the island of Pašman in Croatia, who emmigrated in dramatic circumstances to Argentina. She also mentions the need for the building at Marcelo T. de Alvear street in Buenos Aires to be directed to its original purpose, a donation to the Croatian people. It was donated by Nicolas Mihanovich, a founder of Argentine Merchent marine.
 


San Blas. Nuestra Senora de La Paz, votive church built by Father Stjepan (Estaban) Gregov, born in Croatia.

 
San Blas. Kompleks Kraljice Mira

Ove slike prikazuju kompleks Nuestra Seńora de la Paz, ali se na njima ne može vidjeti ono najvažnije, to je njegov duh; nešto što ostaje zajedno s dušama i glasovima onih koji tamo idu. Do San Blasa (Sv. Blaža) išli su Hrvati  - najstariji, mladi i djeca - u različitim vremenima  i različitim organizacijama. Tražili su nešto posebno. I to su našli.  Ingrid Valenčić kaže da su to bila ljeta avanture i prijateljstva..., najsretniji dani mog djetinjstva.   U tom mjestu sam postala svjesna mnogih stvari ... I promijenila sam se, odrasla .. rekla je  Marija P.

Priča o ovome mjestu počela je kada Stjepan Gregov - koji tada nije navršio ni 17 godina - bježao u malom čamcu, u oluji, dok ga je progonila komunistička milicija.

Poslije, kada je oluja postala još jača, milicija se vratila, znajući da nema izgleda da bjegunci prežive. Talijanska obala koja je obećavala slobodu bila je udaljena dvije stotine kilometara i bilo je nemoguće do nje stići u toj strašnoj noći. A Stjepan Gregov, kasnije poznat kao fra Stjepan, molio je Djevicu Mariju da ga spasi i obećao joj je da će podići crkvu u čast Zvijezdi Mora (Stella Maris). Ne znam gdje na svijetu, ne znam hoće li biti velika ili mala, ali izgradit ću je.

Čim je to obećao, oluja se zaustavila, pričao je kasnije Stjepan Gregov. I jednoga dana mogao je ispuniti obećanje. Prije toga, prošlo je mnogo godina za kojih je fra Gregov bio posvećen siromašnima u katoličkim centrima José Ingenieros i San Justo, u provinciji Buenos Aires.

Napokon jednom je došao u neko mjesto na moru koje ga je silno podsjetilo na Pašman, njegov rodni otok. Bio je to zaljev San Blas. Tako je 1987. godine fra Stjepan počeo graditi drvom od ambalaže u kojoj se uvoze automobili i vlastitim rukama dovršio kapelu Stella Maris, kao što se zavjetovao. Kasnije je pripremao biblioteku posvećenu marijanskim temama, blagovaonicu, bungalove i sobe za dvadesetak ljudi, dok je drveće raslo, a osnovao je i farmu.

On je također podigao spomenik za one koji su stradali u moru, Križni put oko tog zdanja i kip Kraljice mira koja s ulaza pozdravlja goste.

(N. B. San Blas se nalazi na jugu provincije Buenos Aires, oko tisuću kilometara od glavnog grada. Premda je ova knjiga uglavnom posvećena zgradama u glavnom gradu, dodala sam ovo svetište zbog zahvalnosti koju zaslužuju ovaj rad i njegov tvorac.)

Izvadak iz knjige Carmen Verlichak.

 
San Blas. Nuestra Senora de La Paz Complex

What is most significant about the place cannot be captured by images, because it is something spiritual, a presence which is felt together with the souls and voices of the people who passed by. To San Blas and the Nuestra Senora de La Paz Complex, came the older Croatians, the young and the children at different times and with different organizations, often on camping excursions. There they encountered something special. Ingrid Valenčić said: those were summers of adventure and friendships, the happiest of my youth. In that place I became aware of many things. I changed I grew up..., said Maria P.

The history of the place goes back to when a very young Stjepan Gregov, he was not yet seventeen, was running away from the communist militia and escaped in a small boat off the coast of Croatia.

There was a raging storm, and his pursuers returned to the coast assuming that the fugitives could not survive. The Italian coast that promised freedom was 200 miles away. It seemed impossible to get there on that terrible night. However, Stjepan Gregov, later known as fra Stjepan, begged the Virgin of the Sea, to save them and promised to build a church in her honor. I do not know where in the world, I do not know whether it will be big or small but I will do it.

It seems that as soon as he promised the storm abated. Many years passed in which fra Stjepan worked in the Catholic centres of José Ingenieros and San Justo in Argentina, dedicted to the surrounding settlements or villas and the poor in general.

Until one day he got to know a place, which reminded him because of the sea and stones of his native island Pasman. It was the Bahía of San Blas, which had a great significance for the Croatians, because the saintly martyr is the patron saint of Dubrovnik.

In 1987 fra. Stjepan started to build with his bare hands and wood packaging a chapel called as promised Stella Maris. Later on he organized a library dedicated to the Marian theme, a refrectory, bungalows and rooms for about 20 people. Meanwhile the trees grew and a small farm developed- He also built a monument in remembrance of those lost at sea, a via crucis that surrounds the complex and a monument to the Queen of Peace, who at the entrance recieves the guests.

N.B. Bahía San Blas is in the south of the province of Buenos Aires 1000 kms from the capital.

Excerpt from the book by Carmen Verlichak.




Grave of Father Stjepan (Estaban) Gregov, 1936-2012.

Father Stjepan Gregov / Padre Estaban Gregov
Croatian priest from the island of Pašman, who died in Argentina

Nicolas Mihanovich 1844-1929, of Croatian origin, donated this building at Marcelo T. de Alvear and Rodriguez Pena street
in Buenos Aires to the Croatian people.
Photo by Studia croatica.

 
Palača u ulici Marcelo T. de Alvear

Nikola Mihanovic darovao je ovu zgradu u ulici Marcelo T. de Alvear i Rodriguez Pena hrvatskom narodu, dvadesetih godina prošlog stoljeća. Zgrada se koristila kao Veleposlanstvo Kraljevine Srba, Hrvata i Slovenaca, kasnije Jugoslavije. Sada služi kao Veleposlanstvo Republike Srbije, ali još se želi da posluži onome čemu je namijenjena: to je donacija za Hrvate.

 
Building at Marcelo T. de Alvear

Nicolas Mihanovich donated the building at Marcelo T. de Alvear and Rodriguez Pena to the Croatian people in the 20s. It was used as Embassy of the Serbs, Croatians and Slovenes Kingdom, later Jugoslavia. The Serbian Embassy currently occupies this building, although there is still a will to retrieve it and direct it to its original purpose, a donation to the Croatian people.



Nicolas Mihanovich 1844-1929, born in Croatia,
important Argentinaan businessman and founder of Argentine Merchant marine.
More information by Branko Kadić: LOS HERMANOS MIHANOVICH, FUNDADORES DE LA FLOTA MERCANTE ARGENTINA

In San Blas, Argentina.


 
U srijedu 24. travnja 2013. u gradu San Blasu, smještenom na jugozapadu provincije Buenos Aires, proživljavali su se trenuci ispunjeni najdubljim osjećajima i sjećanjima na svećenika Estebana Stjepana Gregova, preminulog prošle godine, koji je učinio mnogo za to mjesto koje je odabrao za gradnju crkve i kapelice na franjevačkom zemljištu.

Otac Esteban Gregov želio je biti svećenik te je zbog toga bio primoran pobjeći od komunističkog režima u svojoj zemlji. Pobjegao je drvenim brodom te je se, prelazeći Jadransko more, zavjetovao Blaženoj Djevici Mariji: “Obećajem ti, Majko, ako se spasimo, jednog dana ću podići crkvu tebi u čast; ne znam hoće li biti malena ili velika, niti znam gdje ću je podići, ali to ću učiniti, kunem ti se Bogom”.

Nakon zatvoreništva u Italiji njegovo putovanje u Argentinu nakratko je bilo prekinuto boravkom u Venezueli. Tamo je započeo studij koji je nastavio u Peruu te priveo kraju u samostanu San Carlos u San Lorenzu.

Došao je u San Blas sa svojom siromašnom djecom i nikada više nije otišao. Tamo je, ispunivši svoj zavjet, izgradio crkvu. Na ušću rijeke Jabali otac Gregov je 1989. započeo izgradnju crkvice Svetog Franje Asiškog i kapele Stelle Maris. Na prilazu se prolazi ispod luka u kojem je uklesan natpis “Kraljica mira”.

Kompleks se sastoji od crkvice Svetog Franje Asiškog i kapele Stella Maris. Unutra se nalaze spavaonice, bungalovi, biblioteka, a u samom ušću rijeke malena kapela koja je podignuta u čast poginulima na moru, posebice u čast patnicima s krstarice General Belgrano.

Kompleks je proglašen kulturnom i turističkom baštinom.

Gradonačelnik Patagonesa, gospodin Jabier Dario Garces, predsjednica Savjetodavne skupštine Patagonesa, gospođa Nancy Cristina Minor, izaslanik San Blasa, gospodin Marcelo Molteni, šef vatrogasaca San Blasa, gospodin Horacio Ferreyra, te cijela zajednica San Blasa i prijatelji bili su na zemljištu Stella Maris gdje se nalaze posmrtni ostaci fra Estebana.

Otac Josip Peranić odao je počast fra Estebanu molitvom i prisjećanjem na njegov život. Poslije je predstojnica protokola gospođa Mabel Leon otkrila dvije spomen- ploče.
Nakon molitve svi okupljeni uputili su se na drugu stranu sela kako bi sudjelovali u otvaranju nove četvrti s 20 stanova koja nosi ime Četvrt oca Estebana Gregova. Svečanost otvaranja bila je jako emotivna; otvorila ju je predstojnica protokola pročitavši službeni dokument, jednoglasno odboren od strane Savjetodavne skupštine, kojim se potvrđuje da se četvrti s 20 stanova u San Blasu daje ime Estebana Gregova.
Prijatelji oca Estebana i prisutni predstavnici vlasti održali su govore u čast fra Estebana ističući njegovu dobrotu i divne stvari koje je ostavio stanovnicima San Blasa.

Otac Josip je blagoslovio četvrt te je otkriven plakat s likom fra Estebana, a nakon blagoslova svi okupljeni uputili su se prema crkvi San Blas gdje je otac Josip Peranić održao misu u čast ocu Estebanu.

Fra Esteban je radio cijeli svoj život u hrvatskoj zajednici, dugi niz godina bio je voditelj Hrvatskog centra u San Justu gdje je održavao mise u crkvi Svetog Leopolda Mandića. Bio je čovjek velikog srca, bogat u svojoj jednostavnosti i velikodušnosti, dostojan brat svetog Franje Asiškoga.

Stella Hubmayer

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