Ivan Strmecki was born December 21, 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
but grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, where he attended grammar
school, high school, and graduated from the University of
Wisconsin at Madison with a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics.
Following that, he earned a Masterís Degree in Science from
Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., and then a Masterís Degree
in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
He was received into the Croatian Franciscan Custody of the
Holy Family in 1999, studied Theology at the Catholic Theological
Union in Hyde Park, earning a Master of Divinity Degree. Father
Ivan was ordained a priest on May 31, 2005 at Sacred Heart
Church in Chicago. From 2002 to 2005, he lived and served
at Sacred Heart Parish. In September 2005, Fr. Ivan
began serving at St. Jerome Parish in Chicago as associate
pastor, where he served until 2012. In January 2013, Fr. Ivan became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Milwaukee.