image Rev. Stanislaus Golik died peacefully on September 7, 2009, in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born in Mrkopalj, Croatia, on November 13, 1915. After finishing his formal education in Senj and Zagreb, he was ordained to the priesthood in the summer of 1939, on the eve of World War II. At first he served as an educator and then as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Senj. During the war, he was known for his charitable work and for helping anyone in need. At the end of the war, he left for Italy and, while there, he continued to help the needy. He served as papal representative for Croatian refugees until 1947, and became a well known priest among Croatian refugees at the time.

After his arrival to the USA in 1947, Rev. Golik served for four and a half years as assistant pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church in South Omaha, and then, being multilingual, he served at various ethnic parish communities in the city. He served as pastor of St. Charles Church in North Bend, Nebraska for eighteen years, before retiring in 1986. However, even after his retirement, he remained involved in various pastoral activities.

The Mass of Christian burial for Rev. Golik was celebrated at the Croatian Catholic Church in Omaha. The great number of clergy and people who came to honor Rev. Golik at this farewell celebration indicated that he was not only liked but truly loved.

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Rev. Golik was a loyal member and true supporter of the ACS from its outset until his death. Besides paying his dues faithfully, he was one of those members who could not attend AAASS conventions or ACS meetings, but he heartedly supported ACS activities and was excited about its successes, always eager to read the summaries of various panels. We are proud that Rev. Golik was a member of the ACS and we thank him for his long support. To his relatives we send our belated sympathies, and may he rest in peace!

Ante Čuvalo

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Bulletin – Association fro Croatian Studies
Issue No. 54 – Spring 2010