Pilgrims from all over the world are arriving to Međugorje, but it is especially interesting when pilgrims arrive here walking, sometimes for hundreds of kilometres. One of them is Božidar Kelemen from Varaždin, parish of St. Vid. In his interview for radio „Mir“ Međugorje he said that this place of Our Lady is one of the stops on his way to Kotor, where he plans to finish in his devotion to St. Leopold Bogdan Mandić.
Numerous associations for students and former soldiers, as well as prayer communities of youth, started in 2015 Pilgrimage called “Marian Vow for Homeland”. This pilgrimage will go through 18 Croatian Marian shrines, from the east to the very south of Croatia. This pilgrimage will start in Osijek on June 12 and after 1700 kilometres and 75 days of walking, their journey will finish in Dubrovnik on August 25, 2016.
The fourth international seminar for doctors and medical workers held in Medjugorje gathered around 160 participants from 13 countries and was concluded on Saturday, May 7, with celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The seminar began on May 4 and Fr. Ivan Ike Mandurić was the leader. The theme of this seminar, as well as of all others held in this year was: (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 111 900
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2431 (81 per day)
Topic: "Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful". (Lk 6, 36)
Spiritual Renewal of Soul and Body
The International Spiritual Seminar for Doctors and Nurses
will be held in Međugorje, May 4 - 7, 2016
“The simplicity of prayer is especially powerful in Medjugorje,” said Safiria Leccese, a pilgrim who came to Medjugorje last year, in her interview for our radio station, Mir. Safiria is journalist and one of the most popular persons in the media world in Italy. She hosts a TV show which discusses religious topics and is a great success.
A camp for boys of the ages from 9 to 14, organised by the prayer community, Totus Tuus, from Mostar, was held in Medjugorje from April 22-24, 2016 in Domus Pacis. There were 14 boys and 8 leaders who took part in this camp. The Totus Tuus representatives from Mostar said that the leaders this year were representatives from several countries, so this camp was also international.
Fr. Antonio Furtado comes from the town of Fortaleza in the northeast of Brazil. He came to Medjugorje for the first time in 1996, as a seminarian. In a programme on Radio “Mir” Medjugorje, he spoke about his life journey and his vocation. He entered a seminary as a very young boy and that is where he underwent a crisis.
09.-12. 06. 2016. – “In Mary’s School“
The 5th International Pilgrimage for Persons with a Disability will be held in Medjugorje from June 9 – 12, 2016. The programme will be held in the Hall of John Paul II, at the White Dome and in Mother’s Village. As part of the programme, those participants who are able to do so will climb Krizevac and there will be the Rosary on Podbrdo for most of the participants (members of the Cenacolo community will take up disabled persons, if necessary).
Students and teachers from the College of Health in Zagreb, came to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage to the Queen of Peace. They said that a profound spirituality is extremely important in the formation of future health workers, therefore their religious teachers are very keen on organising a pilgrimage to Medjugorje each year.
Magnus MacFarlane Barrow from Scotland is the founder of the organisation Mary’s Meals. On the occasion of the presentation of his book “The Shed that Fed a Million Children” Magnus gave an interview for a programme on Radio “Mir” Međugorje and spoke about his connection with Medjugorje:
The presentation of Magnus MacFarlane - Barrow's book “The Shed That Fed a Million Children”, will take place in Medjugorje on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 7pm in the Hall of John Paul II.
The organisers of this event are: Mary's Meals Bosnia and Herzegovina,the Parish Office Medjugorje, the Information Centre Mir Medjugorje, the Association of Guides Medjugorje. (pozivnica)
Fr. Stojan Damjanović is a member of the Franciscan Province of the Most Holy Redeemer based in Split. He lives on a small island, Visovac, where the Franciscans have their monastery of Our Lady of Angels and their novitiate. He is the parish curate and teacher of novices. He served in the missions in Africa.
Members of the prayer community “Božja Pobjeda” from Zagreb, arrived in Medjugorje on pilgrimage at the beginning of April. They came to participate in the second meeting of “The Charismatic Prayer Communities”, in coordination with “The Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, which was held from 1st to 3rd April 1 2016, in Medjugorje.
The first week of the Easter period is called the Octave of Easter and the whole liturgy of the church is imbued with the Paschal Mystery. There were many gatherings of pilgrims during this particular week in Medjugorje. Pilgrims from all over the world took part in the Eucharistic celebrations in different languages, as well as in the evening prayer programme.