Holy Communions distributed: 159.000
Concelebrating priests: 4.411 (147/day)
On June 29th, 2009, 14th International seminar seminar for priests began in Medjugorje with the Prayer to the Holy Spirit and Holy Mass at 7 p.m. at the White Dome. Dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar was the main celebrant, and Dr. Fr. Miljenko Steko, the coordinator of the seminar, gave a sermon.
The 14th International Priests Seminar will be held in Međugorje from June 29 to July 4, 2009
on the theme of: «You are my friends... (John 15, 14)» The coordinator of the seminar is Fr. Miljenko Šteko. The lecturer is the friar Ante Vučković
We inform you that The International Priests Seminar (6.29. until 7.4.2009), as well as The International Youth Festival (8.1. until 8.6.2009) in Medjugorje, will be broadcasted live online, both audio and video.
The German Information center for Medjugorje (www.medjugorje.de) and Kath.net (www.kathtube.com), will provide live broadcast on their Internet pages in Croatia, German, English, Spanish and Italian language.
Twenty-eighth anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions was celebrated in Međugorje on June 25th, 2009. Numerous pilgrims from all five continents, of different colours and customs, were united in prayer and language that everybody understands – the language of love through the Queen of Peace. Ever since the Wednesday evening many groups of pilgrims who came walking from Herzegovina, Bosnia, Republic of Croatia, as well as some individuals from Europe, started coming to Međugorje. (foto)
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2009.
In this Novena, that started on June 15th, 2009, almost at all times, day and night, groups from all different parts of the world were climbing up the Apparition Hill. Every afternoon, despite the rain, Rosary was prayed at 4 p.m. Morning Holy Masses were celebrated in different languages, and evening prayer programme began at 6 p.m. with Rosary. Franciscans from Međugorje were main celebrants at the evening Holy Masses.
Holy Communions distributed: 141.000
Concelebrating priests: 3.254 (104/day)
A group of pilgrims from Zagreb led by Krešo William Bello and the writer Nevenka Vidak decided to help actively the children from Mother’s Village. They collected books and donated books edited by their own publishing houses, so that Mother’s Village library was enriched by different new books, mostly for children, as well as encyclopedias, tales, novels…
Interview: Msgr. Leo Maasburg, national director of MISSIO Austria
Msgr. Leo Maasburg, National director of MISSIO Austria, was in Medjugorje in April 2009. During many years, he accompanied Mother Teresa on her journeys and at the occasion of the opening of new houses on different continents. He was preaching retreats for her sisters all over the world. When Mother Teresa opened her first houses in Moscow and in Armenia in 1988, Father Leo was spiritual counsellor of the sisters during several months, and thus the first „official” Catholic priest in the Soviet Union at that time. Afterwards, together with an Italian businessperson, he launched the largest Catholic Radio Family „Radio Maria”, which is present on all the continents today.
The Mother’s Day celebration took place on Friday, May 8, in St. Francis’ Garden in Mother’s Village. Children from the Elementary School Bijakovići and children from Mother’s Village with their teachers learned for that day several songs.
The parish Medjugorje is preparing for the 20th International Youth Prayer Meeting – Mladifest, with the theme, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2,5) (see: Program)
On Sunday, May 3, 78 children from the Medjugorje parish received the First Holy Communion. Holy Mass at 10 AM was presided by Fr. Miljenko Šteko, and during Mass sung the children choir “Little doves of peace” under direction of Sister Slavica Kožul. The church was filled with children, their parents and numerous pilgrims.
An exceptionally large number of pilgrims who came to Medjugorje for the weekend of May 1, springtime and 13 children choirs who sung during the evening Mass on May 1st, were the occasion to celebrate the evening prayer program at the outside altar earlier as usually.
Since May 1st, 2009, in the parish souvenir shop in Medjugorje you may find a new CD and a songbook “Ave Maria” with spiritual songs composed by maestro Djelo Jusic, and sung by three Medjugorje choirs: “Kraljica Mira“, “Magnificat“ and “Golubići mira“, directed by sister Slavica Kozul. Editor: Informativni centar „MIR“ Međugorje.
Holy Communions distributed: 116.000
Concelebrating priests: 2.323 (77/day)