Fr. Ivica was born in Imotski on October 24, 1974, completed grade school in Drinovci
and then went on to finish high school in Visoko and Sinj.
He joined the Franciscan Order in 1993 in Humac. Fr. Ivica
completed his philosophical and theological studies at Catholic
Theological University in Zagreb in 1999. He immigrated to
the United States on November 17, 1999 and served as a deacon
at St. Jerome's Parish in Chicago where he was ordained a
priest on May 7, 2000. From September 2000 to September
2001, Fr. Ivica served as assistant pastor of St. Francis
Parish in Windsor. From there he departed to New York to serve
in the same capacity at St. Cyril and Methodius Parish.
In June 2002, he was named administrator of that parish and
since mid-2003 served as its pastor. In August 2006,
he came back to Chicago as pastor of the Blessed A. Stepinac
Mission on the north side of Chicago. In January 2013, Fr. Ivica became pastor of St. Jerome Parish.