Prof. Josip Jelenić, S.J. was born in Ivanovci kraj Valpova in Croatia. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1965, and studied Philosophy and Theology in Zagreb and was ordained a priest in 1977.
He obtained a Doctorate in Sociology at the Gregorian University, where he subsequently taught the social doctrine of the Church, social ethics and sociology. He was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences between 2004 and 2010. He teaches regularly at the Filozofski fakultet Družbe Isusove in Zagreb. He collaborates on the journal Obnovljeni Život and with other academic institutions.