+ Fr. Bruno (Grgo) Raspudic

Fra RaspudicFr. Bruno was born in Lipno, Herzegovina on March 18, 1917. He attended grammar school in the town of Cerin. He went on to high school in Siroki Brijeg. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1936 in Humac. He studied philosophy and theology at the seminary of Mostar where he was also ordained on May 2, 1943. He was at Siroki Brijeg for a year (1944-1945) and in Zagreb (1945-1946). In 1946 he fled to Austria and shortly thereafter to Grottamare and Rome, Italy. Fr. Bruno continued his studies for the next ten years at the University of Madrid where he earned his doctorate in classical languages. He came to the United States on August 3, 1957 and first resided at St. Francis Friary in Gulf Breeze (1957-1959). Next he was assistant pastor at SS. Cyril and Methodius in New York (1959-1963). Once again he returned to St. Francis Friary in Gulf Breeze (1963-1964) and soon after he was named associate pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Ambridge (1964-1965). In 1965 Fr. Bruno was named the superior at Our Lady of Peace Friary in Beaver Falls (1965-1973). He was named pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Sharon (1973-1974). Once again he returned as superior at Our Lady of Peace Friary in Beaver Falls (1974-1979). Fr. Bruno then spent 12 years as pastor of St. Anthony's Parish in Monessen (1979-1991). He was once again appointed superior of Our Lady of Peace Friary (1991-1996). Since the closing of Our Lady of Peace Friary he has resided at St. Anthony Friary in Chicago.  Fr. Bruno also served on Custodial Board from 1973-1976.

Fr. Bruno "Grgo" Raspudic died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 in Chicago, IL at the age of 93. His Funeral Mass was at St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church, on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, and he was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip.

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