Bonaventura Radonić

Bonaventura Radonić (12 February 1888 – 1945) was a Croatian Franciscan, philosopher, Catholic priest and professor. He was executed by Yugoslav Partisans in 1945.[2]

Bonaventura Radonić
Born(1888-02-12)February 12, 1888
Kotezi in Vrgorac
Died1945 (aged 57)[1]
OccupationFranciscan, philosopher, priest, professor


He was born in Kotezi in Vrgorac on 12 February 1888. He attended classical gymnasium in Sinj and studied philosophy in Šibenik. He attended novitiate on Visovac island and was ordained in 1914. Two years later, he went in Innsbruck and Fribourg to further his education, after which he became a high school teacher in Sinj.[2]

From 1936 to 1944 he was theology professor in Makarska. He was supporter of Croatian Peasant Party. In 1944 he went to Zagreb. Following the fall of Independent State of Croatia, he sought refuge in Slovenia and Austria, where soldiers of British Army returned him back in Slovenia. He was hidden in Maribor alongside a group of Franciscans in local Franciscan monastery. He was soon uncovered and Yugoslav Partisan imprisoned him in Zagreb. On 9 July 1945 he was sentenced to the death penalty.[2]


  1. ^ On 9 July 1945 he was sentenced to death penalty
  2. ^ a b c Tko je tko u NDH: Hrvatska 1941.–1945. (Who is who in Independent State of Croatia 1941-1945), Minerva, Zagreb, 1997., ISBN 953-6377-03-9, str. 340.