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)
Numerous pilgrims spoke to us in the last few days and shared their experience of Medjugorje. We had opportunity to meet a group of 27 pilgrims who walked for three days from Rama, Bosnia. Each of them came with their own personal problem, their vows and desires and all wanted to give humble and persevering prayers to Gospa, to thank Her for all of the gifts they received.
Guido and Livia, married couple from Rome and Maurizio and Mario, their friends arrived to Medjugorje after eight days of walking. They began their journey in the shrine of Divine Mercy in Rome, then to Vatican, Pescara, Ancona, Split, Makarska and Humac, where they joined the Peace Walk with many other pilgrims. Guido said that this is their fourth time to come to Medjugorje as pilgrims and he decided for this together with his wife Livia, after they came many times here with organised groups of pilgrims.
On June 25, 2015, Medjugorje celebrated the 34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions. According to the Information Office, numerous pilgrims were in Medjugorje in those days and they registered groups from Italy, Slovakia, Ireland, the United States, Germany, Austria, Hungary, France, England, Korea, Slovenia, Ukraine, China, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, Lebanon and Vietnam. 22 Holy Masses were celebrated during that day with numerous pilgrims who walked from all over the area. (photos)
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2015.
At her last daily apparition on May 7, 1985, Our Lady confided to Ivanka the 10th secret and told her that she would have an apparition once a year on the anniversary of the apparitions. It was that way also this year.
The apparition, which lasted 4 minutes, took place at Ivanka’s family home. Only Ivanka’s family was present at the apparition. After the apparition, Ivanka said: "Our Lady gave us her motherly blessing and said: Peace, peace, peace."