Frano Zubić

Frano Zubić

Frano Zubic (Croatian: Frano Zubić; Travnik, 1822 – Bučići, 1871), a Bosnian Franciscan, who lived and worked in the Ottoman Bosnia in the 19th century.

Life and work

He finished basic education in the Fojnica monastery, entered the novitiate on November 4, 1839, took his first vows on the same day next year. After studying philosophy and theology for five years, he was ordained priest and became a parish vicar in the parish of Sokoline. There he was imprisoned by Turkish authorities and suffered a great deal. [Jako Baltić, "Godišnjak", page 112; Ladislav Fišić, "Fra Franjin grob u Bučićima", Župni ured Bučići, Novi Travnik 1971, page 14.]

He also served as parish vicar in the parishes of Ivanjska (near Banja Luka), Bosanska Gradiška, and Dolac. He also served as parish priest in Dobretići, where, together with the parish faithful, he built a church consecrated to St. Anthony of Padua. He was very beloved among people, not only Catholics but also Muslims and the Orthodox, for his humility, simplicity, and compassion for the common man. [M. Džaja, "Fra Franjo Zubić", in: "Franjevački Vijesnik", Sarajevo 1929, page 333.]

During his ministry as parish priest of Bučići, he encouraged his parishioners to build a church. He died of encephalitis in 1871 after laying the foundation stone for the new church at the age of 49. In memory of him, once a month on the Tuesday that comes after a New Moon, a Mass is celebrated on the Komarda cemetery in Bučići where he was buried. The people think of him as a saint, and often come to pray to his tomb. [Ladislav Fišić, "Fra Franjin grob u Bučićima", page 18-20.]


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