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The 600 years celebration from the first documentary certification when the elder of the Croatian's come here and settle down on the river valley Caras in Romanian Banat.

mmmIn the book "PROTOCOLU PROVINCIAE BULGARIAE ET VALACHIAE" at page 247 it is registered the year 1393, in the time when the king SIGISMUND-king of Hungary had started the settlements of the elder. These emigrants had started to organize the settlements in different regions of Banat . They were settled in these regions: Lipova, Recas, Lugoj, Caransebes and so on, along with priest monks from the Franciscan Order. The same historical source confirms that the Franciscans, at king's Louis (Ludovic) invitation, came from Bosnia to "christianitizate" the Bulgarian population who could be found in king's Louis custody.
mmmThe Franciscans were sent by Bosnia's episcopacy, Brother Pellegrino, and started the christianitization mission, exactly like that in the Bulgarian province, to advice the population to Jesus Christ's education and His church; especially those heretics who were called "Bogumil - Patareni". The king settled them here to guard the border by ottoman assaults. In later writings, but and in the oral transmission of the people the year 1434 – 1443 remains registered, under the Franciscans order the people from Turkish Bosnia to come and populate the regions from Banat. Along with these emigrants, came and the elder of "the carasovani" from cities like: Kruševac, Kraševci, Kuševo, Kruševljani or Krašovani, remembering their actual denomination from the word "Kruševljani" and not the Turkish word "Caras" which means "water".
mmmInteresting is that reminds a single place from Bosnia – Kreševo- one of the eldest words which reseals the denomination "Karaševci – Bošnjaci".
mmmThe first document reveals that here were settled after the great battle from „Mohaci” in year 1526. The people split to the south of Hungary and the other half like it says: „ad horrida et aspera loca Carasovensia”, that is why the Franciscans note: „No wonder of their temperament, aggressive and rugged, because they lived in the woods and mountains getting use to hard life. These poor people which sat down in Lipova, Maria Radna, Recas, Carasevo and other regions were helped by the Franciscan's in the education and were grown in catholically belief and were safe till year 1600 when dame Barbara of Lugoj gives a few domains to the priests to fight against Rakoczi's Calvin's who had begun to occupy territories. After these social transformations here appear the names of the villages: Caraşevo, Lupac, Clocotici, Kalina, Nermet, Vodnik, Rafnic and Iabalcea but the traditional objectives differ from the Romanian ones. The speech of these Carasovan's differs form the original that is used by the people. "Ab ordinaria lingua illyrica" (Historia par. ecclesiae Rafnicensis, pag.14 - Croatian colony and romano-catolic school).
mmmIn the preface "Cata1ogus administraturum parochiae Karasovensis" it is mentioned the Franciscans sacrifice from Bosnia Argentines who have bought the sacred word's of belief and the Saint Sacraments. These helped them to defend their belief over centuries. We find here a few documents written in Brother Emerik Pavić's time who was one of the 16 Franciscan priests. The last 4 were: bro. Ante from Višegrad; bro. Marko from Gradiška; bro. Nikola from Duvno and bro. Fillip killed in Caraşova "ab rebelis" like it says in the chronic in these group they were others: bro. Ivan from Maglai; bro. Seraphim from Olovo; bro. Ludovik from Dubrovnik, bro. Božo from Kotor; bro. Seraphim from Kopilovaţ and bro. Franjo from Đakovo, well almost all of them are borne in Bosnia.
mmmFrom 1726 Carasova becomes the center of the order from Banat . Priest Michael Lovinić is called the apostle of Carasovans and this priest will raise a beautiful church in baroc stile. After two years the apostle dies in 1728, he is buried under the principal altar of his church. Michael Lovinić is original from Bosnia - Kraljeva Sutjeska- till 1740 here will come priests in his name P.Vjenceslav Veigl, P. Stjepan Mikša, P. Josip Locatelli, and P. Josip Fabijanović. In the same year these priests retreat to Timisoara and the parish from Carasova was taken-over by the Franciscan monks. Interesting is that they don't remind their natal places, just their Croatian names: Franić, Zetić, Grozdić...
mmmUntil year 1745 the Franciscan monks are at the lead in the church in Carasova, but in year 1785 they give the lead to a priest (Michael Delarić) brought by the episcopacy. The Franciscans remain at Carasova just like vicars.
mmmAll these documents are not known by the Croatian carasovans but the most important is that this ethnic enclave is continuing to exist, to maintain the language, and traditional habit and national conscience. In the last time because of the historical and geographical transformations from Europe , the people are confronting the tendetionist propaganda and they don't know where to...
mmmIt must be searched in every chronic which exist in every church from Carasova regions and in the Austro-Hungarian and Vatican achieves and files, because these orders were very important to moral and spiritual life of Carasovan Croatian people.
mmmTo realize this goal it must be made a literal or historical manifestation and trough religious eulogium in the church's cadre, servicing the moral continuity - spiritual of the Carasovan community. This jotting is Saint for the catholically church from which we belong to.

Lupac, 5.august 1993
Marian Tincul
Priest - paroh

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