Jozo Grbes was born in Rama, Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 17, 1966.
As a child his family moved to Pozega, Slavonia, where he
completed his first 12 years of schooling. He joined the Franciscan
Order in 1986 in Humac. Fr. Grbes studied philosophy
and theology at colleges in Sarajevo, Canterbury and London,
England where he graduated in 1992. He arrived in the United
States on October 2, 1992 and was ordained a priest on February
7, 1993 at SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish in New York. He
continued his pastoral duties in the same parish after his
ordination while taking post-graduate courses at St. John's
University where he received a Master's Degree in theology.
In 1996 he was transferred to St. Jerome's in Chicago as assistant
pastor. He was St. Jerome's pastor from 2001 to 2013. He continued
his post-graduate work in pastoral theology at the Catholic
Theological Union in Chicago.
In September 2012, Fr. Jozo became Custos of the Croatian Franciscans of USA and Canada, of the Croatian Franciscan Custody of Holy Family.