Fr. Paul (Nikola) Maslac
Fr. Paul MaslacFr. Paul was born on August 25, 1937 in Ljubljenica, Herzegovina. He departed as a child to Austria (1945-1947) and then to Italy where he completed grade school in Grottomare. He started high school there, and he graduated from St. Joseph's Seminary in Westmont, Il. after arriving in the US in 1951. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1955 at Lafayette, New Jersey. Fr. Paul continued his studies Rye Beach, New Hampshire, St. Bonaventure University, N.Y. and completed his theological studies at Holy Name College in Washington, D.C. where he was ordained a priest on March 17, 1962. Immediately after his ordination he was appointed assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Chicago (1962-1964) and then at Sacred Heart in Milwaukee (1964-1970). 

Fr. Paul then served as a pastor in the following parishes: St. Joseph in St. Louis (1970-1976), St. Jerome Croatian, Chicago (1976-1979), Blessed Trinity, Ambridge (1979-1982) and at Sacred Heart, Chicago (1995-2000).  In September 2000, he became pastor of Sacred Heart in Milwaukee where he served until 2012. In January 2013, he became pastor of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac at the north side of Chicago. 

Other than his parish assignments, Fr. Paul held the positions of superior at Our Lady of Peace Friary in Beaver Falls (1979), and guardian at St. Anthony Friary in Chicago (1982-1985 and 1994-1995). He was Custos of the Custody for three terms (1985-1994). During that time Fr. Paul initiated and edited the Custodial Newsletter. He has been the Director of the Croatian Franciscan Printery in Chicago since 1982 and from 1990 to 2006 he was the Spiritual Director of the Croatian Catholic Union. He has also been on the Custodial Board three times (1970-1973, 1982-1985 and 1997-2000). He served as a Custos of the Franciscan Custody again, from 2009 to 2012.