In Memoriam: Father Marijan Mihoković

In Memoriam: Father Marijan Mihoković

We regret to inform you that Father Marijan Mihokovic, former Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Hamilton, died on Thursday, May 13, 2021. We offer our prayers for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his relatives and friends and all the parishioners he faithfully served during his priestly ministry.

Visitation: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
8:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Holy Cross Church
1883 King Street East, Hamilton, ON

Vigil: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
8:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Church
1883 King Street East, Hamilton, ON

Funeral Mass: Thursday, May 20, 2021
11:00 a.m.
Holy Cross Church
1883 King Street East, Hamilton, ON

Burial: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Following the Mass
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Burlington, ON

Please note:
To attend the visitation, RSVP to Markey-Dermody Funeral Home 905-547-1121.
Due to COVID restrictions, attendance at the Funeral Mass is by invitation only.

A brief biography of Fr. Marijan Mihokovic follows.

Father Marijan Mihoković was born on July 3, 1947 in Pitomača, Croatia. He attended business school in Virovitica and Bjelovar and decided to become a priest. Father Marijan completed studies at the classical gymnasium and the School of Theology in Zagreb. He was ordained a priest on June 27, 1976 and was an assistant priest in Rakovec near Vrbovec and in the parish of Sv. Obitelj in Zagreb. In 1977, he was assigned to the parish in Sv. Martin na Muri where he served as an assistant priest.

Father Marijan arrived at Holy Cross Croatian parish in 1979 and worked as an assistant priest with Father Franjo Šprajc under the leadership of pastor Father Stjepan Šprajc. In 1986, he left for Lyon, France where he ministered to the Faithful for one year at the Croatian mission. He returned to Croatia in 1987 and began his first assignment as pastor in Nedelišće, Međimurje. Returning to Canada in 1991, Father Marijan served as pastor of Holy Trinity Croatian parish in Oakville.

In 1993, Father Marijan returned to Holy Cross as pastor. Under his leadership, renovations to the church were completed. He was also instrumental in establishing new parish organizations including the Knights of Columbus, Cursillo Ultreya prayer group, the DUSK seniors group and he assisted our parish chapter of the Hrvatska katolička žena to become full members of the Catholic Women's League of Canada. Father Marijan also assisted in the formation of a Croatian speaking chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous.

He was incardinated into the Diocese of Hamilton on June 17, 2010.

In his spare time, Father Marijan pursued many interests. He was an avid amateur photographer, a prolific writer who composed a significant assortment of poetry, and was an active outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking in the wilderness. Father Marijan had a keen interest in Croatian history and identity and sought to create visible reminders of our rich cultural heritage in our church and parish property.

Father Marijan retired as Pastor of Holy Cross Croatian parish on June 9, 2019.

After a long and difficult decline in health that resulted from a stroke in December 2018, Father Marijan Mihoković passed away on May 13, 2021.