The St. Joseph Church in Karlovac is located at the foot of the Dubovac Castle hill. Its modern design adorns the area in the vicinity of the centuries old wood and the Dubovac neighbourhood, connecting the work of divine nature with people. It is the first church built in Karlovac after the Second World War. Today, it is the St. Joseph National Shrine of the Croatian Catholic Church.

Having descended the wooden steps from the castle, you’ll come across the first example of religious heritage at the early Baroque Our Lady of the Snows Church, with its Stations of the Cross. The second example is just a little bit further on: the little sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, with its apparition cave. Just a few more steps will take you to the St. Joseph Church. Go inside. Take a break. Feel the serenity.

St. Joseph is the patron saint of Karlovac, and the main feast takes place on March 19, preceded by nine Wednesdays of preparations. St. Joseph is also the patron saint and protector of Croatia. That is celebrated in June, marking the date in 1687 when members of the Croatian State Parliament chose St. Joseph as the protector of the homeland and the Croatian people.

The feast of St. Joseph the Worker is celebrated on May 1, while the Dedication of the Church is celebrated on the first Sunday after September 15. .
Svečano se slavi i sv.
Josip Zaštitnik Domovine u lipnju kao spomen kada su članovi Hrvatskog državnog sabora 1687.
izabrali sv.
Josipa za Zaštitnika Domovine i hrvatskog naroda.
Uz spomenute dane slavi se i blagdan sv.
Josipa Radnika 1.
svibnja, kao i Posvetilo crkve u nedjelju poslije 15.

The St. Joseph worshipers have been making the pilgrimage to the shrine since the church was opened, as this church serves as a way station for pilgrims going to other Croatian pilgrimage sites. Regardless of one’s religion, a visit to the shrine is a part of culture and a chance for spiritual renewal for all of us.


THE MARTIN BORKOVIĆ GALLERY, within the St Joseph National Shrine complex, Ruđera Boškovića 36,

Showcases a permanent exhibition by Sister Samuela Premužić titled “The Miracle of God’s Fragility.” This exhibition features 40 sculptures made from reeds, depicting the life of Jesus Christ, from the Annunciation, to the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Additionally, “The Beauty of Saint Joseph” exhibition includes artworks by 28 prominent Croatian painters and sculptors. You can see it every day after the holy masses or by arrangement with the administration of the National Shrine.
Sunday Masses: 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, and 6:30 PM


Feasts and holidays at the St Joseph National Shrine:

  • March 19: St Joseph, the Divine spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • April 6: Easter Monday – pilgrimage at the parish Church of Our Lady of the Snows
  • May 1: St Joseph the Worker
  • May 25: Pentecost Monday, Mary Mother of the Church
  • June 10: Saint Joseph, protector of the Croatian Homeland
  • July 7: Eucharistic adoration in the parish
  • August 5: The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • September 15: anniversary of the church consecration


  • Weekdays at 6:30 PM
  • Sundays at 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, and 6:30 PM

Sundays at 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, and 6:30 PM Holy masses at the St Anne Chapel, Vučjak/Kalvarija – Sundays at 10 AM

During a pilgrimage, you can:

  • fulfill your vows to St Joseph
  • participate in devotions to St Joseph on Wednesdays
  • if you’re with a priest, celebrate the Holy Mass
  • take the opportunity for confession
  • join the Brotherhood of St Joseph to assist the dying
  • engage in the devotion of the Stations of the Cross at the sanctuary or near the Church of Our Lady of the Snows.
  • become a Friend of the National Shrine of St Joseph.
  • record the Mass intentions
  • refresh yourself at Monsignor Marijan Radanović’s Pilgrim House
  • subscribe to the St Joseph Herald
  • visit the souvenir shop at the National Shrine

For all inquiries, phone or fax: +385 47 417 0311

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