Unusually rainy and windy weather in July, before the feast of St. James provoked the parishioners to ask: is it going to be possible to celebrate Holy Mass in the open, as usually? The weather had providentially changed, and solemn procession with Saint James’ statue left the church at 10.45 AM and went towards the park. This year, the statue of the saint was carried by the inhabitants of Šurmanci, who were especially proud, because this year’s main celebrant also came from their village. His name is Fr. Dani Kordic, he was ordained a year ago and is a Carmelite. Holy Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Petar Vlašić, the parish priest, Fr. Ivan Sesar, the Herzegovinian Franciscan provincial, priests from Medjugorje and from surrounding parishes, as well as other priests who were in Medjugorje on that day.
Among many other pilgrims who are visiting this place of prayer and peace during summer, these days we have noticed a middle-aged and vital lady holding a pilgrims’ staff, a gourd, Our Lady’s picture and a Hungarian flag. In the other hand, she is holding St. James’ statue in stone made in Medjugorje. Around her neck, St. James’ shell brought from Spain , when she went walking to St. James’ tomb six years ago.
After three days of cycling from Agrate near Milano, members of the Cycling Club “Agrate” arrived in Medjugorje on Friday, July 18, 2006.
This journey with the motto, “ 1000 Kilometers of Solidarity” was organized together with the Foundation don Carlo Gnocchi from Italy . Foundation don Carlo Gnocchi is helping children with special needs, as well as old and very sick people. This foundation is supporting many houses in Italy and abroad, and one of them is the house “Mary, our hope” in Široki Brijeg.
The theme of the festival is, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).
The logotype contains four basic elements:
The 13th International Seminar for Priests took place in Medjugorje from June 30th to July 5th 2008. The topic of the seminar was, “We will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6,4). The preacher at the seminar was Dr. Fr. Zvjezdan Linić, ofm.
Croatian national team football player Robert Kovač with family visited Medjugorje on July 4, 2008. It is a family tradition to come on a pilgrimage to the Queen of Peace once a year, to thank God for all the good and to entrust him the future. In the Parish house, the Kovač family and friends met with the Medjugorje Franciscans.
Holy Communions distributed: 155.000
Concelebrating priests: 3.538 (117/day)
The 13th International Seminar for Priests began in Medjugorje on Sundaj 30th June 2008. The theme of the seminar is: “We will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6,4). The preacher at the seminar is Dr. Fr. Zvjezdan Linić, ofm.
Fr. Vidal Lodriguez Lopez, ofm, Rector and Vicar of the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome, was in Medjugorje in June 2008.
For five years now, he is in charge of the Antonianum and of about one hundred Franciscans from all over the world, from different countries, languages, colors and cultures who are studying in Rome, and then going back to their countries in order to evangelize.
The 27th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje was solemnly celebrated in the spirit of gratitude for all the graces received. (photos)
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2008. According to the visionaries, Vicka, Marija and Ivan continue to have daily apparitions, and Mirjana, Ivanka and Jakov have an annual apparition.
The Peace March from Humac to Medjugorje traditionally takes place on June 24th, the Feast of Saint John the Baptist. Again this year, thousands of pilgrims who were not discouraged by the strong sun followed the cross, praying all the while. This 14 kilometer-long march began at the front of the Franciscan monastery in Humac at about 6 am, and prayed and sang ceaselessly until it arrived in front of the parish church in Medjugorje at about 10 am. The march concluded with the Eucharistic Blessing.
In Medjugorje, one can feel the nearness of the coming celebration of the Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions. From all sides of the world, by air, sea and road, pilgrims are coming.
Philip Knorr (68) is walking from Ravensburg (Germany) to Jerusalem. He started his pilgrimage on Monday after Pentecost, May 12, and arrived to Medjugorje on Friday, June 20.
Before the 27th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions, the pathways in front of the outside altar between the benches were paved. Thanks to this intervention, it will be easier for the priests and the faithful to move during the distribution of Holy Communion. At the same time will be avoided the noise provoked by the steps on the gravels, which often disturbs silent recollection.