At the end of February and the beginning of March 2006, nine priests from the Philippines, members of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, came to Medjugorje to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their priestly ordination. This pilgrimage was led by Fr. Alejandre Vergara, SOLT, Regional Priest Servant. The Society was founded in 1958 in the USA, and its membership is comprised of priests, religious women, married deacons and families.
On the 25th. and 26th. of February, the junior teams, both younger and older, of the F.C. Primosten (Croatia), came for a training session to Medjugorje. They were accompanied by M. Slobodan Jurin, the President of the Club.
During their stay in Medjugorje, they also played two games, one versus F.C. Medjugorje and the other versus F.C. Zeljeznicar from Sarajevo.
The young football players also gained spiritual refreshment from their stay in Medjugorje: they climbed the Apparition Hill together,and because of the strong impression Medjugorje made on them,they expressed a wish that next time they would like to spend a full week training there, both playing and praying.
On Sunday, February 26th. 2006, during the evening Mass at 6 pm, members of the Franciscan Youth Fraternity from Medjugorje (FRAMA) celebrated the rite of professing their vows. This is an event of the greatest significance for any Fraternity. On that day, 43 young men and women became members of the Fraternity. (photos)
The 13th International meeting for Guides and Leaders of Peace Centers and Medjugorje Prayer, Pilgrim and Charity Groups will take place in Medjugorje from the 5th. to 9th. of March, 2006. The theme of this encounter is: “You shall be my witnesses to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1,8)
In the parish church during Lent, from Ash Wednesday (March 1st) to Passion Sunday (April 9th), after the evening Mass in each case, we will pray the Way of the Cross on Fridays (replacing the Veneration of the Cross) and again on Sundays (replacing the prayer for health of body and soul and the third Rosary).
The Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain will continue as usual, every Friday at 2 pm.
In the beginning of February 2006, a group of a hundred students from the Catholic Franciscan University in Steubenville (USA) came on pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, a Third Order Franciscan, and Vice-President of the University, accompanied this pilgrimage.
The 11th International Seminar for Priests will be held in Međugorje from 3 to 8 July 2006. The topic of the seminar is: «Spirituality of priest» («...Let us pray, little children,..., so that the Church may resurrect in love...», from the message of 25 March 1999)
You may make reservations by e-mail: email@example.com, or by fax: +387-36-651-999 (for Marija Dugandzic).
On the 10th. of February, the Feast of Blessed Cardinal Stepinac, Medjugorje Parish commemorates the martyrdom of the Franciscans who were either born in Medjugorje or who had worked in the parish.
David Ianni, Pianist and Composer from Luxembourg, came to Medjugorje, in order to begin the New Year 2006 in prayer. He came with the Catholic Community “Amici di Dio” from Austria. (See: http://www.amicididio.com)
A Religious-Humanitarian Association
Pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that, in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow man; and that in wisdom and love, you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus… Thank you for having responded to my call!”
(Message of May 25, 2000)
The religious-humanitarian association “Medjugorje-Mir Split” was established in 1992 as a continuation of the activities of the Medjugorje Parish Caritas. In order to improve communication with the world, the need to have a Medjugorje Parish Caritas Office in Split became apparent as soon as the war began. After functioning well for several months, it became obvious that it would be appropriate to register the Association in Croatia, to further improve the smooth resolution of customs formalities, and to create better communication links with administration. This is how the Association Medjugorje – Mir was founded, whose director and spiritual advisor was the late Fr. Leonard Orec.
Mons. Thomas Msusa, Bishop of Zomba in Malawi, came to Medjugorje in November 2005 together with Mons. Allan Chamgwera, his retired predecessor, and with Mons. Remi Joseph Gustave Saint-Marie, Bishop of Dedza.
In January 2006, the Information Centre “MIR” Medjugorje began publishing the Medjugorje-monthly named “Glasnik mira” – “The Messenger of Peace”.
For almost fifteen years, on a monthly basis, our readers received “Glas mira” – “The Voice of Peace”. Insofar as it was possible in the prevailing circumstances, this magazine followed, reported, and promoted the spirituality that emanates from the event that happened here one late afternoon on June 24, 1981. For fifteen years, more exactly since the fall of atheistic communism, we had the occasion to put in writing, to follow, to make our own and to live the spirituality that was born here. This monthly publication was, and remains, a permanent monument to a decisive period in the history of the world, of the Catholic Church and of this parish which, through the plan of Providence, was brought into the very centre of world attention and of Christ’s Church.
On Thursday, January 19, 2006, eleven priests from different Portuguese parishes came to the Shrine of the Queen of Peace in Medjugorje. In the Parish House, they met Dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar, the pastor, with whom they spoke about the international dimension of this parish and about Portuguese pilgrims coming to this place of prayer. They expressed the desire to come again, both individually, and with their faithful.
During the last year, declared by the Holy Father as the Year of the Eucharist, there was a whole-night silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the parish church. The same arrangement will apply in the year ahead.
During 2005, 15 bishops from 12 countries came to Medjugorje:
- Mons. Hieronymus Herculanus Bumbun, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Pontianak (Indonesia)
- Mons. Salvatore Boccaccio, Bishop of Frosinone (Italy)
- Mons. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios Ottathengil, syro-malankar Bishop of Bathery (Kerala, India)
- Mons. José Luís Azcona Hermoso, O.A.R., Augustinian, Bishop of Marajó (Para, Brazil)
- Mons. Bruno Tommasi, retired Archbishop of Lucca (Italy)
- Mons. Hermann Raich, S.V.D., Bishop of Wabag (Papua New Guinea)
- Mons. Issam John Darwish, BSO, DD., Eparch of the Melkite Catholic Church in Australia and New Zealand
- Mons. Domenico Pecile, retired Bishop of Latina (Italy)
- Mons José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, O.S.A., Auxiliary Bishop of Panama (Panama)
- Mons. Stanislas Lukumwena Lumbala, O.F.M., Bishop of Kole (Democratic Republic of Congo)
- Mons. Pearce Lacey, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto (Canada)
- Mons. Thomas Msusa, Bishop of Zomba (Malawi)
- Mons. Allan Chamgwera, retired Bishop of Zomba (Malawi)
- Mons. Remi Joseph Gustave Saint-Marie, Bishop of Dedza (Malawi)
- Mons. Joseph Faber MacDonald, Bishop of Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada)