Before coming to tertianship, Stjepan worked as treasurer and minister of a retreat house and served also as a chaplain priest in Opatija. He was ordained to the priesthood ten years ago. He entered the Society of Jesus immediately after high school – Archbishop’s Classical Gymnasium in Zagreb – and his novitiate was in Split. He spent two years studying philosophy at the Jesuit Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb before going to regency. During this period, he worked with the Jesuit Refuge Service (JRS) in Sarajevo and was present during a short period of crisis in Kosovo – that is, Skopje in Macedonia. Four years of theology were studied in Zagreb, and – after ordination as a priest in 2004 – he ministered for three years as a chaplain at a parish in Split. After this extensive training, he received his licentiate in Rome in pastoral theology.