Marta and Matija came to SKAC by separate paths. Marta was a member of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, where SKAC is located, but her initial
encounter with SKAC happened during her first year of college. She developed a
passion for the religious education of young people, and that is what brought
her to SKAC. Matija, for his part, got to know SKAC through the “Modrave” summer
camps, which are attended every year by hundreds of young people as a type of
spiritual vacation. “Modrave” is the name of the rural village where the camps
the years went by, Marta and Matija became involved in various SKAC programs,
such as 3-D formation, the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and the Modrave camps.
For both youths, this involvement changed their lives. Though they had often
met in SKAC’s various programs, it was Modrave that really brought them together:
three years ago, in that summer programme, they fell in love and started their shared
As they reflect on their involvement in SKAC, Marta and Matija stress that the things that make SKAC unique are its collaborators and the programs it offers young people to help them encounter God. SKAC offers experiences in which the young people’s relationship with God changes and develops. Matija explained: “What I know is that SKAC is valuable because God works through it; for me, that’s what’s most important. What is special about SKAC is that it brings young people together and helps them deepen their relationship with God, and then it sends them into society to spread God’s light wherever He places them.” Not only does SKAC offer young people the opportunity to meet God and other people, and to act and live in the present moment, but it also teaches them important values and practical things for their future lives, whether they have a religious or a marital vocation. The leaders of SKAC agree with this assessment; they can see the fruits of their programs today in family and marital life.