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Don Božo Delić

Mar 29, 1948 - May 24, 2020(72)

A well-known pastor and friend

I, the Lord, called you in justice, took you firmly by the hand... to open the eyes of the blind... (42:6-7)

Božo (Bobo) Delić was the well-known and beloved pastor of the parish of Kaštel Kambelovac in the Archdiocese of Split-Makar. In addition to his vocation, he was also engaged in poetry and was a singer-songwriter.

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He was born in a traditional Catholic family, and grew up with three brothers and a sister. His older brother Ante also decided on a priestly vocation.

Božo, having finished eight years of primary school, applied to the Archbishop's Seminary in Split in 1962. But he attended the first year at the seminary in Zagreb, where he graduated.

In the fall of 1966, he attended philosophical and theological studies at the Central Theological Seminary in Split. During his studies, he served military service in the then JNA. He acquired the diaconate in 1972 in Split, and was ordained on June 29, 1972 by Archbishop Frane Franić.

After completing his studies, he spent nine years as a parish vicar in the parish of St. Križa in Split, and then worked as a pastor in the same parish for seven years. He was appointed secretary of the Archdiocesan Council for Pastoral Family.

In 2004, Archbishop Marin Barišić appointed him pastor in Kaštel Kambelovac. The parishioners loved him immensely because of his humanity and preaching. He truly entrusted the parish with his work, and he enjoyed great popularity among the faithful. Therefore, the City of Kaštela gave him an award for humanity and the promotion of Christian values. He remained in the position of pastor until his sudden death in a traffic accident.

He was buried at the Lovrinac cemetery in Split on May 26, 2020.

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