Many experiences of various pilgrims remain hidden from the public, but we also very often have chance to talk to those who do not hesitate to speak publicly about the special graces given to them at Gospa' intercession. Here we bring story of Gabrielle Colins from Ireland. She came to Medjugorje for the first time just because of her sister: „I was raised and grew as Catholic, but eventually with years, I stopped going to the church.
On Saturday, July 25, we will celebrate the Feast of St. James, patron saint of Medjugorje parish, parish established in 1892, and from the very beginning it was consecrated to St. James, patron saint of pilgrims. Holy Masses are going to be celebrated at 7, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the central celebration will be at 11 a.m. in the Garden opposite to the ruins of the old church.
28 priests from China participated in the seminar for the priests held in Medjugorje. Fr. Joseph Dong from Xian town, province Shaan Xi, told us more about how that all came to be. “This is like a real miracle to us. Nevertheless, the pilgrimages from Hong Kong to Medjugorje are more frequent in the last few years. It was faithful from our parishes who found out about this seminar and informed us about it.
The 16th International Seminar for Married Couples that gathered 34 married couples and three priests from Slovakia, Ukraine, the United States, France, Italy, Croatia and Bosnia and Herezgovina, was held in Medjugorje from July 12-15, 2015, with the theme: “Marriage and family – the beginning of the better world in Gospa’s school.” (photos)
Mons. Babjak said that his students of Theology at the Greek Catholic University, where he teaches, persuaded him to come to Medjugorje: “Many of them were here for the Youth Festival and they were anxious for me to come here at that time. As I was busy in that week, I chose to come for this seminar. I also invited 17 other priests, 2 seminarians and 4 young people and 24 of us, Greek Catholics from Slovakia arrived here. I am really joyful for having heard, renewed and discovered many things about the spirituality, priesthood, the will of God. Fr. Ivan Manduric was such a good lecturer and I invited him to come and to give us seminar in Presovo, Slovakia. We got many materials for meditating and pondering about when we return homes and we need to allow all that to work in our hearts. The other thing I feel here is the intensive atmosphere made of the various spiritual contents we had opportunity to live here: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, prayers on Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain, lecturers, testimonies of Cenacolo community…”
Katica and Franjo Majer, who come from the parish of the Holy Spirit, Jarun, Zagreb, Croatia, took part for the first time in the 16th International Seminar for Married Couples held from July 12-15, 2015 in Medjugorje. Katica said that she came to Medjugorje in 1983, for the first time, long ago when she was a young girl:
Šimo and Nada Šarčević came to Medjugorje from Croatia (Belišće) to take part in the 16th International Seminar for Married Couples. They've been married for 36 years and this is their third seminar here in Medjugorje. This is what they told us: „When we came for the first time, we were filed with the strength and love. That is why we decided to return here each year.
The 20th International Seminar for priests which gathered around 400 participants from 20 countries finished on Saturday with Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ivan-Ike Mandurić, this year’s lecturer. The seminar began on Monday, July 6, 2015 with the evening prayer programme and opening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest and 311 priests who concelebrated with him.
The 16th International Seminar for married couples will be held
in Medjugorje from July 12-15, 2015
"Marriage and family - the beginning of the better world"
In Our Lady's School
The journalists of radio station Mir Međugorje talked to many participants of the 20th International seminar for priests that was held in Medjugorje from July 6-11, 2015. Around 400 priests participated in this event, being thrilled with all they experienced and decided to return again. Fr. Ignaz Domej (Austria), is one of them and he came to Medjugorje in 1983 for the first time and had life changing experience. He also felt vocation to become a priest:
The 20th International Seminar for Priests is taking place in Medjugorje at the moment, with 400 priests, deacons and seminarians participating. Fr. Bozo Mandaric, the member of the Franciscan Province of the Most Holy Redeemer from Split, serving in the parish of St. George in Gracac, came here for the second time:
The 20th International Seminar for Priests that gathered around 400 priests, deacons and seminarians from 20 different countries began in Medjugorje on July 6, 2015 with the evening prayer programme. Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest from Medjugorje said in his homily: “You came to Medjugorje so you would take a look from the outside to yourself, to your work, to the relations with others, to prayer…
HVIDRA and the student associations SKAC Palma and MAGIS, as well as other associations of former soldiers and communities, began their first pilgrimage called Marian Vow for Homeland. This pilgrimage will last for 70 days and they will walk for 1500 kilometres. Pilgrims will go through most of the Marian shrines in Croatia, and they will also walk a part of their journey in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 20th International Priests Seminar will be held in Međugorje
from July 6 to 11, 2015
Topic: "Peace be with you!" (John 20, 21)
"In Our Lady's School"
Number of Holy Communions: 213 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4251 (141 per day)