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Listen to the entire program and wake in remembrance of the late Father Valerijan Jenko OFM OAM which took place in the hall of the Saint Rafael's Slovenian Catholic Mission in Merrylands on Sunday, July 15th 2018. The event was organised by a very dedicated group of second generation Australian Slovenians living in Sydney who worked very closely with Fr Valerijan over many years.
This segment features a number of emotional tributes and speeches in memory of the late Fr Valerijan given by some well known and respected second generation members of the Slovenian Community in Sydney. These include tributes shared by husband and wife, Mark and Irene Stariha and their sister in law, Miriam Stariha. The event also featured a special video on the life of Fr Valerijan produced by Florjan Auser from the Slovenian Media House in Sydney. A popular Avsenik song titled Kadar bom vandral, performed by Fr Darko Znidaršič OFM and noted musicians in the Slovenian Community, Rudi Črnčec and Martin Konda received a rousing response from the over 300 visitors who attended this very special event.
Special thanks to Tania Smrdel, executive producer for the Slovenian Program on SBS Radio for preparing this segment about this very special memorial service and wake, remembering Fr Valerijan Jenko, one of the pillars of the Slovenian Community in Australia. May he rest in God's peace!