The Rev. Daniel Mrnarevic
The Rev. Daniel M. Mrnarevic, 67, Priest of the Diocese of Fargo, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Sanford Health Center in Fargo, ND.
Daniel Miho Mrnarevic, was born on November 25, 1950 son of the late Helen (Jele) and Nicholas Mrnarevic and grew up in the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. He studied law at the University of Zagreb at age 21 and during that time, he discerned a vocation to the priesthood. He was sent to the Major Seminary in Zagreb, Croatia where during his studies, he became acquainted with the Cistercian Order in Bregenz, Austria. He joined the Cistercians in 1974 and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on July 2, 1984. He obtained his Bachelor's in Theology and the Diploma in Monastic History and Spirituality in 1985 at the prestigious Pontifical University of San Anselmo in Rome. In 1985, he completed his graduate studies in Rome with a teaching degree in Theology (Licentiate of Sacred Theology, S.T.L.) from the famed Angelicum, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas where Pope John-Paul II studied.
On the invitation of The Most Reverend James Sullivan, Bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, he came to the United States in the fall of 1988 and became a United States citizen in the fall of 1994. Fr. Dan (as he is popularly known among his friends) served in the parishes of Walhalla/Bathgate, ND; Rugby/Knox, ND; Velva/Karlsruhe, ND; Grand Forks, ND and Manvel, ND. He taught college-level courses for 15 years in the Education for Parish Service and was actively involved with Cursillo and Permanent Diaconate programs in the Diocese of Fargo. Fr. Dan has organized a number of pilgrimages to Italy sharing his love of world and church history.
Fr. Dan leaves behind a loving brother, Pavo, his wife Elvira and their sons, Joseph and Nicholas and their families who reside in New Jersey and numerous cousins and relatives in Croatia. He is a close friend of Fr. Ron Yee-Mon, Fargo, ND; Carmelite Father Smiljo Brnadic, Split, Croatia and Dr. Vinko Danic, Zagreb, Croatia: many friends in the United States (North Dakota and Louisiana), Austria, Germany, Italy and Croatia. He is grateful for their love and friendships.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. rosary service and vigil service to follow in St. Mary's Church. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Thursday.
Knights of Columbus Honor Guard: Accorded by Bishop Provencher Assembly 1578.
Interment: Calvary South Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND
The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com
(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)