Stipe was born on September 5,
1978 in Livno. He completed grammar school in Sesvetski Kraljevec,
and archdiocesan classical high school in Zagreb. He
adorned the Franciscan habit in Medjugorje on September 8,
1996 and spent his year in the novitiate in Humac near Ljubuski.
He completed theological studies at the Catholic University
in Zagreb, and was ordained deacon on Nov. 30, 2002.
He arrived in the United States ion the fall of 2002
and served as deacon in St. Cyril and Methodius in New York.
Fr. Stipe received the sacrament of holy orders at Sacred
Heart in Chicago on May 21, 2003. Until 2005, he served
as assistant pastor of Queen of Peace Parish in Norval, and
since February 2005 he served as assistant pastor in
After that, Fr. Stipe became assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Milwaukee, and since January 2013, he is assistant pastor at St. Jerome Croatian Church in Chicago.