Stjepan was born 1948 in Drinovci, Herzegovina where he completed
grade school. He then continued his schooling in Visoko and
studied philosophy and theology in Sarajevo and Würzburg,
Germany. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1970 in Humac
and was ordained June 29, 1975 in Rome. His pastoral work
in his homeland was as assistant pastor included Blessed Trinity
in Blagaj (1975-1978), St. Paskal in Vitina (1978-1981) and
SS. Peter and Paul in Mostar (1981-1982). After his arrival
in the US he was appointed assistant pastor at SS . Cyril
and Methodius, New York (1982-1984), St. Mary's in Steelton
(1984-1985) and Sacred Heart in Chicago (1985-1987). In 1987
he was named pastor of St. Nikola Tavelić in Montreal
where he stayed until 1995. Then he was transferred to Our
Lady of Peace Center in Norval where he was pastor from 1995 to 2009.
In 2010, he became pastor of St. Joseph Parish in St. Louis, MO. He was on the Custodial Board three terms (1985-1994, 2001-).