Pastoral Centre and Public Kitchen

Fr Pero Karajica and Cardinal Vinko Puljic wrote to request our help with building a Pastoral Centre which will incorporate a Public Kitchen. The building was completed at a cost of €180,250. There are many hungry and poor people in Sarajevo, if you would like to help pay for meals, the cost is €350 per person per year. What a wonderful way to feed the hungry!

Opening of Public Kitchen

The opening ceremony and blessing was held on the 2nd October 2012 in the presence of representatives of “The Bread of St. Anthony” and donors from Ireland and the U.K.

In the area of Dobrinja this soup kitchen has operated from the war days, when people of good will tried to save the lives of a starving population. After the war, the kitchen worked in a war shelter. This is one of three kitchens of “The Bread St. Anthony”, two are in Sarajevo and one in Vares, over 1,000 meals are delivered daily.

In the Dobrinja centre around 250 meals will be prepared and served for the poor people, along with a certain number for those who will get a meal at their home because they are disabled or seriously ill.

Fr. Lovro Gavran, provincial of the Franciscan Province of Bosna Srebrena said “our friends from St. Joseph & The Helpers gave the funds for the construction of this soup kitchen and for that we are sincerely grateful. We strive to help all people who are in need, especially those who are hungry. Unfortunately the unemployment rate in BiH is very high, there are a lot of hungry people. That’s why we want to provide at least one meal a day, but not from our reserves, because we do not have any, but through beneficiaries. Everyone’s help is welcomed”.

“The Bread of St. Anthony” organisation is feeding the poor of all nationalities and their number is growing from day to day. Serbs, Croats, and Muslims are coming for food, and there are no differences between people in need, no matter who they are. Users will be able to eat at the centre or take food home or food will be delivered for those who are not able to come to the centre. This new centre will ease the distribution of meals for the staff who prepare and distribute the food.

Fr. Lovro said in his Blessing of the centre “May God give new hope to these people through the good deeds of good people and may He bring hope and happiness to the poorest among us, who need our help the most”.

Dobrinja Church Consecration:  On 3rd October 2015, some directors and supporters attended the Consecration of the new church in Dobrinja.  The church stands alongside the Public Kitchen and Presbytery.  Cardinal Vinko Puljic officiated at the wonderful ceremony which was followed by the first mass in the new parish church.  The service of consecration was fascinating to watch as Cardinal Puljic rolled up his sleeves and cleansed the altar with oil of chrism.  This was followed by an anointing with fire and then paperwork of Consecration was signed by the Cardinal, Fr Pero Karajica, PP and Fr Lovro Gavran, Franciscan Provincial.  The papers were then secured in a wooden box and inserted under the top part of the altar which was made of white wood engraved with animals, reminiscent of St Francis in whose name the church was dedicated.  The Cardinal and Fr Pero thanked all the donors who had helped to take the building to this point.  St Joseph & The Helpers Charity directors and donors were thanked repeatedly as we were the major donors.  A wonderful project to be proud of in Arthur’s name!