Fr. Rainer Herteis, born in 1975, received his priestly ordination on May 6, 2006, in the Diocese Eichstätt (Germany). The story of his life and of his vocation are closely connected with Medjugorje. In June 2007, he was in Medjugorje. Lidija Paris spoke with him.
Throughout the world, friends of Medjugorje gathered in various Associations, Peace Centres and prayer groups, to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the apparitions of the Queen of Peace.
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit exults in God my Saviour”. With these words every evening after Holy Mass throughout the whole novena, the Medjugorje visionaries, the faithful and the pilgrims gave thanks for all the graces that God has given to Medjugorje and to the whole world during the 26 years of Our Lady’s apparitions. (photos)
Two Bishops visited Medjugorje for the Anniversary of the apparitions: Mons. Emilio Ogñénovich, Archbishop Emeritus of Mercedes-Luján (Argentina) and Mons. Geevarghese Divannasios Ottathengil, Malankarese Bishop of Battery (Kerala, India).
Mons. Ogñénovich accompanied a group of pilgrims from Argentina, while Mons. Ottathengil accompanied the pilgrims from Switzerland.
This was the second visit to Medjugorje for both bishops.
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2007. According to the visionaries, Vicka, Marija and Ivan continue to have daily apparitions, and Mirjana, Ivanka and Jakov have an annual apparition.
The Peace March from Humac to Medjugorje traditionally takes place on June 24th, the Feast of Saint John the Baptist. Again this year, thousands of pilgrims who were not discouraged by the strong sun followed the cross, praying all the while. This 14 kilometer-long march began at the front of the Franciscan monastery in Humac at about 6 am, and prayed and sang ceaselessly until it arrived in front of the parish church in Medjugorje at about 10 am. The march concluded with the Eucharistic Blessing. (photos)
In May 2007, Robert Kučerak, a young priest from Slovakia (age 31, ordained 4 years ago, in charge of a parish for 2 years now) walked to Medjugorje. He decided to undertake the pilgrimage because he felt a need for solitary prayer that included both soul and body. Thus, he walked for 15 days altogether.
A group of 29 friends from the S. Maria Assunta di Vigonovo Parish (Ve, Italy) undertook a cycling pilgrimage to Medjugorje from the 2nd to the 10th of June, 2007. Seven days of cycling were dedicated to various encounters with people, towns and local customs, while two days in Medjugorje were reserved for prayer, recollection and personal meditation. (See: http://www.pedaliamoperlavita.it)
From Friday June 15th to Saturday June 23rd
4 pm Novena – Rosary on Apparition Hill
Sunday June 24th – Feast of St. John The Baptist
6 am ”Peace March“ from Humac to Medjugorje
Begins at Humac at 6 am in front of St. Anthony’s church
Arrives in Medjugorje 10 am approx. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Confessions During the morning and after 5 pm
8 am & 11 am Holy Mass in Croatian
Masses in other languages – according to usual program
6 pm Rosary
7 pm Evening vigil Mass
10 pm – 5 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday June 25th ( 26th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje)
Confessions During the whole day
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 am, 4 pm Holy Mass in Croatian
Masses in other languages – according to the program
6 pm Rosary
7 pm Evening solemn Mass
On Saturday the 9th of June, 2007, Mons. Ratko Peric, Bishop of Mostar, visited the Parish of Medjugorje in order to preside over the 11.00 am Holy Mass, during which he conferred the sacrament of Confirmation. This year, 73 young candidates received this sacrament. (photos)
On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Thursday the 7th of June, 2007, evening Mass was presided over by Fr. Svetozar Kraljevic. As in previous years, the procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Medjugorje took place immediately after Holy Mass. (photos)
In May 2007, a group of pilgrims came to Medjugorje from Hong Kong and Macao. The group was accompanied by a priest, and led by Michelle Yau Ivy (Hong Kong) and S. Claire-Marie (Macao). Lidija Paris spoke with them.
Mons. Boulos Emile Saadé, Maronite Bishop of the Batroun Diocese in the Lebanon visited Medjugorje on a private pilgrimage from the 8th to the 14th of May, 2007. He accompanied a group of pilgrims along with the Association “Friends of Mary Queen of Peace” from Beirut. Mons. Boulos Emile Saadé was ordained a priest in 1958, and consecrated bishop in 1986. He is in charge of the Batroun Diocese in the north of the Lebanon since 1999. This is what he said:
The 18th International Youth Prayer Meeting will take place in Medjugorje from August 1st to August 6th, 2007. The theme of the encounter is, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34) (“Dear children! Today I call you to love. Little children, love each other with God’s love…The risen Jesus will be with you and you will be His witnesses.” - Message of the 25th of March, 2005) (See also: International meetings)
The first “Peace and Reconciliation Marathon” from Grude to Medjugorje (42,195 meters) called “Let’s run to Gospa“ took place on Saturday the 19th of May, 2007. It was organised by the Kup-Karmel Christian Association in collaboration with the Dinamo-Zrinjevac athletic club from Zagreb (Croatia), and Studio Nada D.O.O. from Ljubuški (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The marathon started in Grude and ended next to Our Lady’s statue in front of the parish church in Medjugorje. Ordinary citizens were free to participate in the Ljubuški to Medjugorje 15 kilometre stretch of the course.