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Nopoki University for Peruvian Indians founded by Msgr. Gerardo 容rdin
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic | Published  12/23/2007 | Education , Culture And Arts , Charity , Religion | Unrated
Nopoki Centro de Investigacion y Formacion Intercultural, Peru

Msgr. Gerardo 容rdin, Croatian bishop among Peruvian Indians







Darinka Pacaya Diaz from the mission of Atalaya, and Croatian bishop
Msgr Gerardo 容rdin, who always travels with his accordeon. Note that Darinka has a Croatian name! Source Wings of Hope




San Ramon Vicariate, where bishop Gerardo 容rdin is active, is indicated as a triangle in the middle of Peru


Chinchero girl in lovely traditional dress, Peru


Peruvian flautist...


Here is a famous prayer: Our Father in Quechua language (Kechwa)


Croatian bishop Msgr. Gerardo 容rdin among Peruvian Indians


Nopoki Center for Investigation and Intercultural Formation, Peru

Gerardo 容rdin is a Croatian Franciscan born in 1950, and a missionary in Peru since 1975. He is living already for 32 years among Peruvian Indians as a priest, and since 2001 as a bishop appointed by the rescript of Pope John Paul II. Msgr. 容rdin learned several Indian languages, and now basic Christian prayers are available in these languages. Extremely important work is devoted to Indian children, first to teach them to read and write, both in their native languages and in Castellano.

A very interesting film is available on DVD, prepared by Msgr. Gerardo 容rdin and shot by Boris 委gota, a Croatian cameraman. The film, issued in 2007 by the Apostolic Vicariate of San Ramon, Peru, is entitled

NOPOKI

Universidad para indigenas


It describes the efforts to found the Nopoki University for Peruvian Indians, which has just started to operate. This very nice film is accompanied with spoken description in nine languages: German (DE), English (EN), Castellano (ES), French (FR), Croatian (HR), Italian (IT), Hungarian (HU), Polish (PL), and Slovenian (SL).

A very complex and notrivial task to start the university is undertaken in cooperation with the Catholic University in Lima, and with support of some other institutions, for example Wings of Hope from Canada.

One of the aims of the mentioned film, as well as of this article, is to draw attention of the world public to this project which needs further support for its successful realization. During the academic year 2006/07 the Center had its first 57 students. They started their studies aiming to become techers in primary and high schools within their own local communities.

A new University campus for Nopoki Center is planned to be built in Atalaya. In September and October 2007 parisheners of the akovec area, north of Zagreb, Croatia, were collecting money in order to help building the Nopoki campus for Peruvian Indians. On that occasion Msgr. Gerardo 容rdin delivered a talk about the project in akovec, and the mentioned film was shown after a mass.



CONTACT

Mons. Gerardo Zerdin

Apartado 28

San Ram鏮 (Chanchamayo)

PERU

Tel嶨ono: 331703

Fax: 331130




Bishops in Me繠gorje in 2002

MSGR. Gerard Anton ZERDIN, OFM, Bishop Coadjutor of San Ramon (Peru)

Msgr. Gerard Anton ZERDIN, OFM, a missionary and the Bishop Coadjutor of San Ramon, Peru, was in Medjugorje from July 4 to 6, 2002. Msgr. Zerdin initially comes from the Franciscan Province of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Zagreb, Croatia. This is what he told us about Medjugorje:

MSGR. Gerard Anton ZERDIN, OFM: We read about THE Medjugorje apparitions in newspapers, we received people who showed us some materials, and we were especially touched by the desire of people to come closer to God, to use every occasion to come closer to God. They have seen that a door towards God was open and they came closer, asking for grace, wanting to transform their lives. This is a great value. This is what we want: to come always closer to God through the sacraments, to be transformed, to become better, to be more Christian.

I came once to Medjugorje for a couple of hours with a pilgrimage of Altar Boys from Zagreb. It was really short. This time I stay two days.

We have come to see, but even more to experience. Yesterday, we were at Holy Mass, today we went to the Apparition Hill to meditate on our vocation, on our missionary work; we went to ask God, to ask Our Lady to send us missionaries, labourers that we need, so that the Word of God may spread until the end of the world."

Source: wap.medjugorje.ws


The following five Nopoki photos are taken from a larger collection available at imatlife.spaces.live.com












Biskup 容rdin u akovcu predstavio misijsko djelovanje u Peruu

akovec, 2.9.2007. (IKA) - Vjernici 骷pe sv. Nikole biskupa u akovcu upoznati su 2. rujna s misijskim djelovanjem Katoli鋘e Crkve u ju駐oameri鋘oj dr靠vi Peru. O tome im je svjedo鋱o biskup peruanske biskupije San Ramon Gerard Anton 容rdin, redovnik Hrvatske franjeva鋘e provincije sv. 韉rila i Metoda, koji boravi u domovini posje獘ju熵 franjeva鋘e 骷pe. Biskup 容rdin predvodio je prijepodnevna misna slavlja u 骷pnoj crkvi Sv. Nikole biskupa u koncelebraciji s doma熵m 骷pnikom i samostanskim gvardijanom fra Stankom Belobrajdi熰m i 骷pnim vikarom fra Josipom Vukojom.

Na misnim slavljima u nagovoru nakon Evan簟lja uz animaciju 骷pnika fra Stanka te na poslijepodnevnom susretu u Katoli鋘om domu vjernicima je predstavljen biskup 容rdin, a upoznati su i s djelovanjem misijske biskupije San Ramon i njezinim projektima.

Biskup 容rdin i njegovi roditelji povezani su s akovcem jer je on bio ispro鈹no dijete za koje su se njegova majka i otac zavjetovali upravo pred slikom sv. Antuna u 醀kove鋘oj 骷pnoj crkvi kamo su 鋀sto dolazili sami, a kasnije i sa sinom. Fra Gerard Anton 容rdin ro簟n je u entibi u Prekmurju 1950. te je 1975. kao bogoslov na poziv svog pred鈴snika u biskupstvu kao dragovoljac oti鈴o za misionara u Peru, gdje je kasnije zare簟n za sve熰nika, a 2001. imenovan je biskupom biskupije San Ramon, koja obuhva潻 nepregledne pra靴me uz rijeku Amazon i u kojima u klanovima ili plemenskim zajednicama 養vi vi鈹 indijanskih plemena.

U svom 32-godi雉jem misionarskom djelovanju mons. 容rdin bio je 骷pnik u mjestu Atalayi, no misijsko djelovanje obavljao je otkrivaju熵 domoroce voze熵 se 醀mcem po rijekama ili hodaju熵 pra靴mama. Kao misionar sa svojom je subra熪m i suradnicima prolazio razli鋱te faze djelovanja od pronala頡nja na鋱na kako i 鋱me pomo熵 Indijancima te do iznala頡nja mogu熡osti konkretne pomo熵 ljudima koji govore razli鋱te jezike. U tom pribli靠vanju, ostvarivanju dijaloga i povjerenja puno je radio s djecom koja su bila prvi vjernici u evangelizacijskom poslanju. Uslijedilo je prevo簟nje osnovnih molitvi na indijanske jezike, uz koje je slu鞍eni jezik 雷anjolski, a zatim i osposobljavanje pojedinaca iz plemena za animatore koji okupljaju tamo雉je vjernike i pripremaju ih za sakramente i za dolazak sve熰nika. Misijsko djelovanje pro隘reno je na na鋱n da se djeca u鋀 鋱tati i pisati za 靖o im je Crkva osiguravala pribor i konkretno po鋀tno obrazovanje.

Biskup 容rdin vjernicima je kroz izlaganje i film prikazao najnoviji projekt osnivanja sveu鋱li靖a za Indijance "Nopoki", koje je njegova biskupija utemeljila uz pomo i u suradnji s Katoli鋘im sveu鋱li靖em u Limi. Protekle godine na to sveu鋱li靖e, smje靖eno u Atalayi, u pripremnu godinu studija upisalo se 57 studenata koji 熰 ove jeseni zapo鋀ti s redovnim studiranjem, a tako簟r su ove godine na tzv. formacijsku godinu upisani novi studenti. Mladi, koji su okupljeni iz razli鋱tih plemena te danima putovanja udaljeni od svojih obitelji na sveu鋱li靖u, gdje im Katoli鋘a Crkva osigurava smje靖aj, hranu, pribor i ud鞍enike te profesore, odgajaju se da budu u鋱telji u osnovnim te srednjim 隕olama, odgajatelji u vrti熵ma i suradnici u evangelizaciji, a uz to u鋀 i zanat. Sveu鋱li靖e tako odgaja i obrazuje studente da sa鋎vaju svoje korijene, jezik i obi醀je, a da istodobno mogu pomo熵 u razvoju svoje zajednice da bi njezini 鋩anovi imali 養vot dostojan 鋌vjeka, istaknuo je biskup 容rdin u razgovoru s okupljenim vjernicima nakon prikazanog filma koji je pripremio uz pomo snimatelja Borisa 委gote.

Sveu鋱li靖e je sada smje靖eno uz 骷pu u Atalayi, a biskupija je osigurala prostor gdje 熰 se graditi novi sveu鋱li雉i kamp u kojem 熰 osim odgoja i obrazovanja studenti obra簨vati zemlju da bi si djelomi鋝o pomogli u pokrivanju tro隕ova boravka i studiranja. Na kraju susreta 骷pnik fra Stanko Belobrajdi rekao je kako 熰, po鋀v隘 od nedjelje 2. rujna i u idu熵h mjesec i pol dana do Misijske nedjelje, 骷pljani prikupljati nov醀ne darove za taj misijski projekt i tako pomo熵 da se zapo鋀ti studij mo頡 dalje nastaviti, a 鋱tav projekt uspje雉o razvijati. S dvije autorske pjesme biskupa 容rdina pozdravila je u ime nazo鋝ih aktivna 骷pljanka Ana 展隕ovi.

Source: IKA, 2. rujna 2007.



Is there anything else that CROWN (Croatian World Network, www.croatia.org) can do for the Nopoki University in Peru, except only publishing the above information? I think the answer is yes.

The CROWN can offer the Nopoki University additional information about a famous Croatian - Peruvian painter Kristian Krekovi (1901-1985), whose masterpieces dealing with Peruvian culture are kept in Museu Krekovi, a gallery in Palma de Mallorca in Spain which keeps 150 of his works of art. The gallery has been opened by the Queen Sophia of Spain in 1981.

Kristian Krekovi has contributed enromously to the knowledge about Peruvian history via a series of exhibtions entitled Past and Present of the Fabulous Peru in 1950s, organized under the auspices of the Peruvian Government in several countries with enormous success: in Washington, Madrid, Barcelona and Vienna.

Krekovi's works of art have contributed, and will no doubt contribute also in the future, to selfconsciousness and selfrespect of the "bronze race" of Peruvian Indians. Kristian Krekovi became a citizen of Peru under the initiative of the then president of Peru, as well as honorary citizen of the town of Cusco, a famous archaeological site of Incas.

Therefore I am free to offer the Nopoki University to exhibit in their halls the reproductions of portraits made by Kristian Krekovi. I provide just a part of the collection of 80 portraits that this painter has donated posthumously to his homeland Croatia in 1994. Here I want to express my gratitude to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia for sending me the photos of indeed beautiful Krekovi's portraits, which are kept in the city of Zagreb.



Kristian Krekovi: Indijanka u crvenoj odori


Kristian Krekovi: Glava 頡ne u profilu


Kristian Krekovi: Indijanka sa 鈹隘rom i maramom

In order to see other portraits by Kristian Krekovi, go to the next page.


Formated for CROWN by prof.dr. Darko 席brini
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  • Comment #1 (Posted by Ing.Vlado Polgar)

    Thank you for the article.I'll be forwarding it to my Peruvian frienfd in Lima.
     
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