The seminar of permanent formation of the Third Franciscan Order of Bosnia and Herzegovina was held in Medjugorje from November 2-4, 2012. The theme of this seminar in which around 40 Tertiaries participated was: “Franciscans in the world, for the world: Identity, vows and communion”, and this theme was introduced by brother Benedetto Lino from the International Presidency of the Third Franciscan Order. (photos)
The Information Office in Medjugorje has registered many pilgrims coming from the following countries: Austria, Germany, the United States, Italy, France, Belgium, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia and Korea. Among many priests who have arrived, we had opportunity to meet Croatian missionary, Fr. Ilija Barisic, seventy years old priest who has been working and living in Africa for the last forty years. Fr. Ilija said how he has special love for Medjugorje through late Fr. Jozo Vasilj who was his colleague in Zadar, and Head of Seminary in Congo as well. schools at very distant areas that were hard to reach, but not impossible. He is now in parish of Kimbulu, in Franciscan Province of St. Benedict in Africa.
Number of Holy Communions: 182 500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4186 (135 per day)
Feast of All Saints and All Souls Day are always opportunity to visit our graveyards so we would give thanks and remember our departed ones. Holy Masses are celebrated on graveyards in Medjugorje parish on both days. Along with parishioners who come from abroad, many pilgrims have arrived to Medjugorje from all over the world as well.
Pilgrims from all over the world are still in Medjugorje. The Information Office has registered groups of pilgrims from Ireland, the United States, Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Brazil, Romania and Croatia. We met Jelica Bikfa from Velika Gorica, town in Croatia, who has been bringing groups of pilgrims from 2001.
Married couple from Italy, Giuseppe and Liliana Mengoti, arrived to Medjugorje after walking for 1067 kilometers in 36 days of journey. They live in Lugano, Como Lake, close to border with Switzerland. When asked about their reason to walk to Medjugorje they said: “We decided to refurbish their house and to make a chapel inside their new home. We wanted to have statue of Our Lady inside our chapel, but we decided to come and to take that statue after this walk to Medjugorje. We heard a lot about Medjugorje. As we travelled, many people were saying to us to pray for them when we come to Medjugorje.” This pilgrimage made huge and positive impression on them. “After we arrived here, we could strongly feel peace and joy and we will carry those messages back home.”
Paul Dahdah, the Archbishop of the Latin Church in Lebanon and the Apostolic Vicar of Latin Catholics in Lebanon came to Medjugorje. He gave interview to Radio Station Mir Medjugorje and spoke about religious life in Lebanon, about the fruits of the visit of Holy Father to Lebanon, about Medjugorje and the Year of Faith. He heard about Medjugorje fifteen years ago when he was Archbishop in Iraq. “I realised later on that there were many communities of faithful who were regularly going to Medjugorje, that there were organised visits that TV station “Light” was organising together with Maronite priests. This phenomenon of conversion and reconciliation, of prayer could really be interpreted as the sign of the time in this world that has lost the value and meaning. We live in the handicapped world that has lost its grounds. I was able to see young people around the statue of the Risen Lord, and I am certain that they came here to seek for the meaning of their lives and I would like to hope that this phenomenon will be permanent, authentic and that it will last for a long time. One conventual priest who comes here very often and he told me that Medjugorje is a phenomenon made of confessions, reconciliation and prayer…”, said Archbishop Dahdah.
We would like to notify all of the Franciscans, relatives, friends that Lord’s servant and our brother,
Fr. Zoran Ostojic,
parish vicar and parish priest,
had died on October 17, 2012 after having received the Holy Sacrament of the Sick. He was 99 years old and he served 73 years as a priest and spent 80 years in priesthood.
His body will be exposed in the parish church of St. James on Thursday, October 18 at 1 p.m. The funeral will start with Holy Mass at 3 p.m. and he will be buried in Kovacica cemetery.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!
HIS BROTHERS, HERZEGOVINIAN FRANCISCANS
The journalists of Radio Station Mir Medjugorje met Elio Karlovic and Slavko Files among many pilgrims who are coming from Croatia to Medjugorje during October. Elio is the founder of prayer community “The Queen of Peace” from Pula and two of them shared their experience of Medjugorje with us. Elio was encouraged with all of the other prayer groups that existed throughout the world and inspired by the spirit and the example of Medjugorje, Elio decided to organise the meeting of priests and pilgrims from Pula who were coming to Medjugorje.
The seminar titled: “Addiction on fortune games: between illness and personal – social responsibility” was held in Mother’s village from October 12th to 14th. This seminar is organised by the Franciscan Institute for the culture of peace from Split. Fr. Ivan Sesar, the President of the Councils of Franciscan Communities from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, welcomed all who came to participate, among them many who were to give their lectures. “I would like to express my joy because of organisation of this seminar because I hope that at least some would discover the danger of addiction on gambling and fortune games through these professional lectures. I think that this seminar is needed to today’s modern men and to the society that has increasing number of addicts with each day.”
The Feast of St. Francis, the founder of the Franciscan Order was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje on October 4, 2012. Traditional and solemn service of Transitus “Memoria Transitus” took place after the evening Holy Mass on October 3, 2012. Many pilgrims who have arrived to Medjugorje this October, during the month of Our Lady were present. The Information Office has registered groups from: Germany, Austria, the United States, Ireland, Italy, France, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Romania, Lebanon, Belgium, Netherlands, Peru, England, Canada, Switzerland, Brazil and Venezuela.
The feast of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan order will solemnly be celebrated in Medjugorje on Thursday, October 4 with Holy Masses at 7.30 and 8 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Holy Mass for the Third Franciscan Order will be celebrated at 8 a.m. The Service of Transitus or “Memoria Transitus” was held after the evening Holy Mass on October 3, 2012. This is the feast that moves many people to prepare for it with a three – day prayer programme that started on October 1. Rosary is at 5 p.m. and Holy Mass at 6 p.m.
Number of Holy Communions: 226 500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 5324 (177 per day)
Jean Azar comes from Lebanon and he came to Medjugorje in 2002 for the first time. That was a very difficult period of his life, he had several suicide attempts and he received grace to be healed in Medjugorje. “God touched my heart through Our Lady and ever since then I have been walking with Her. Many things changed in my life, I became better person ever since I live Our Lady’s messages and meditate on them every day.
The 13th International Seminar for Married Couples that gathered more than 150 participants from Congo, Belgium, Germany, Costa Rica, Latvia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovakia was held in Medjugorje from 19th to 22nd September and the theme was: “Contemporary moral challenges to marriage”. The programme was held through the morning and afternoon lectures of Tonci Matulic, professor of Moral Theology and Social Teaching of the Church at Catholic Theology Faculty of the University of Zagreb. The evening prayer programme was in the church of St. James and there was prayer at Cross Mountain and Apparition Hill as well. The seminar finished with Holy Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. Late Fr. Slavko Barbaric initiated these retreats for married couples and the coordinator of this last seminar was Fr. Danko Perutina. (photos)