On Sunday, July 7, 2013, the newly ordained priest Fr. Mario Ostojic, celebrated his first Holy Mass in the parish church of St. James in Medjugorje. Holy Mass began at 11 a.m. and his family, friends and many pilgrims were present at this special event for the whole parish. Fr. Boze Milic gave a homily and emphasised that Medjugorje inspired many people to start looking at their lives in different way and to start noticing the importance of God in their lives.
“Dear Fr. Mario, your motto as of the newly ordained priest is verse from an old and beautiful prayer to Our Lady ‘We fly to thy protection Holy Mother of God’. You want to start and to live your life as a priest under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Usually, most of us, as our motto take words from the Holy Scripture, mostly from the Gospel, and you took verse from the prayer to Our Lady. That is nothing surprising when we know that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared just in the vicinity of your own home, at the Apparition Hill, before you were born. When you were a little child, who was just starting to understand the words of older people, it was completely normal for you that Our Lady lived in your village, that She was present all the time, that people talked about her and pilgrims from all over the world came because of Her. She is your pride, your protection and your reminder. She will guide you closer to Her Son. Our Lady is the best way to Jesus because She knows Him the best. She knows the way to Him in the best way because She gave Him birth and brought Him up”, said Fr. Boze.
Fra Mario was born on September 8, 1986. He was ordained as a priest on June 29, 2013 in Mostar in the church of St. Paul and Peter.