On September 23 and 24, 2008, Mons. Wieslaw Alojzy Mering, Bishop of the diocese Włocławek, and 28 priests from the dioceses Włocławek, Gniezno, Chełmińskiej and Toruń (Poland) visited Medjugorje. The diocese Włocławek is known by the fact that sister Faustina, Fr. Maximilian Kolbe and Kardinal Wyszynski were born there.
From September 15 to 26, they were together on a journey of prayer and study in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. They visited different shrines and places of prayer, and one of the important points of their journey was Medjugorje where they were received by Fr. Miljenko Šteko, the Vicar of the Herzegovinian Franciscan province and Director of the Information Center MIR Medjugorje. He spoke to them about the life in the parish, about the pastoral activities, about Our Lady’s apparitions and messages, and about their significance.
The Bishop and the priests participated in the evening prayer program. They also climbed Apparition Hill. On Wednesday, September 24, Mons Mering presided Holy Mass for Polish pilgrims and gave a homily. Some witnesses say that he celebrated this Mass in Polish with a great joy, and that he appreciated very much the encounter with God’s people from all over the world.
Mons. Mering and the group also visited the Franciscan church in Mostar, where he also presided Holy Mass.
This is what Mons. Mering said about his impressions in Medjugorje:
„This whole group of priests had the desire to come and see this place, which is for 27 years now playing an important role on the religious map of Europe. Yesterday, we had the occasion to pray the rosary in the church together with the faithful. We notice that everything is natural and beautiful here, although there are some difficulties about the recognition of Medjugorje. There is a deep faith of people who pray, and we hope that all that is happening here shall be confirmed in the future. It is quite normal that the Church is prudent, but the fruits are visible to everyone and they touch the heart of each pilgrim who is coming here. Some of our priests, who already came here in the past, notice that Medjugorje is growing, and I wish to all those who take care of the pilgrims here to be patient, perseverant, and to pray a lot. They are doing a good work; surely they shall harvest good fruits.”