The Eighth International Seminar for Married Couples took place in Medjugorje from the 31st of October to the 3rd of November 2007. Numbering 260 (130 married couples), the participants came from Italy, Slovakia, Latvia, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Slovenia and Croatia.
The lecturer was Dr. Jozefina Škarica, a medical doctor and mother of four children. She is leader of the Counseling Centre for Youth, Marriage and Family in Šibenik (Croatia). The Seminar was simultaneously translated into several languages. Like all preceding seminars, it generated great enthusiasm among the participants.
In September 2007, Jorge de Jesús Loria Padilla, founder and leader of the Peace Center in Toluca in Mexico, visited Medjugorje. He not only organizes pilgrimages to Medjugorje but he is also currently translating Fr. Slavko Barbaric’s books into Spanish for Mexico.
This is his testimony:
On the 31st of October last, members of the First Aid Team of the Order of Malta from Germany, together with local medical staff and volunteers brought service in Medjugorje for the current year to a conclusion. Fr. Tomislav Pervan presided over the concluding Holy Mass and Blessing.
Holy Communions distributed: 203.000
Concelebrating priests: 4.079 (135/day)
Holy Communions distributed: 176.000
Concelebrating priests: 3.839 (123/day)
The 19th International Youth Festival - Mladifest 19 – will take place in Medjugorje from August 1st to August 6th, 2008. The theme of the encounter is, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8) (“In silence may the Holy Spirit speak to you and permit Him to convert and change you.” - Message of July 25, 2006) (programme: preparing)
As a result of the redeployment of the members of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary, two new priests were appointed chaplains to Medjugorje: Fr. Miljenko Šteko and Fr. Danko Perutina.
Alois Epner (76) is a retired teacher from Upper Austria. He was born in Croatia, but in 1944, the Epner family had to flee the country to escape from the communists. Although he never forgot his childhood in his native Croatia, he found a new home in Upper Austria. He visited Medjugorje for the first time in 1984, and since then he returns on a regular basis. When he speaks about his experiences, his eyes fill with tears. (Interview: Krešimir Šego)
Members of the “Faith and Light” Community made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje on Saturday the 20th of October, 2007. Their objective was to give a presentation of the activities of the Community to the families living in this area, who experience a similar difficulty: an interactive life with a physically or mentally handicapped person.
Fr. Jose Rodriguez Carballo, Superior General of the Franciscan Order, visited Medjugorje on October 8th, 2007. He was in Herzegovina from the 7th to the 10th of October visiting the friars of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary. Dragan Soldo interviewed him for Radio Mir Medjugorje.
Days of Bread – days of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth – are celebrated in October of each year in kindergartens, in schools and in various other educational institutions.
With the onset of a new Basketball season, ten basketball players of the Posušje Team which competes in the First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje on Friday the 12th of October 2007. They were accompanied by Hrvoje Vlašić, their coach, and also by Miroslav Ramljak, the president of the club.
Fr. Jose Rodriguez Carballo, Superior General of the Franciscan Order, visited the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary from the 7th to the 10th of October, 2007. On the 8th of October he visited his brother Franciscans in Medjugorje. Fr. Petar Vlašić, parish priest of Medjugorje, greeted him on behalf of the friars. Fr. General remained in friendly conversation with the brothers, and he thanked them for all their endeavours on behalf of the Croatian speaking faithful, as well as for all those who come to Medjugorje from all parts of the world seeking spiritual refreshment, peace and conversion.
Beginning with the feast of St. Francis, we began broadcasting live audio-video programs and photos from the church in Medjugorje. You can follow them at the link http://220.127.116.11/Main.aspx?mv=4&qp=MToxOjE==
Mons. Brendan Oliver Comiskey, SS.CC., Bishop Emeritus of Ferns (Ireland) visited Medjugorje from the 21st to the 28th of September, 2007, together with a group of pilgrims from Ireland. From 1980 to 1984, he was Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, and thereafter, from 1984 to 2002, he was Bishop of Ferns.
In a special liturgy, which is celebrated on the 3rd of October, the vigil of St. Francis’ feast, the worldwide Franciscan family celebrates the “Transitus” – the moment of Saint Francis’ passing into eternity.