The 5th International Pilgrimage for Persons with a Disability

date: 17.04.2016.

09.-12. 06. 2016. – “In Mary’s School“

The 5th International Pilgrimage for Persons with a Disability will be held in Medjugorje from June 9 – 12, 2016. The programme will be held in the Hall of John Paul II, at the White Dome and in Mother’s Village. As part of the programme, those participants who are able to do so will climb Krizevac and there will be the Rosary on Podbrdo for most of the participants (members of the Cenacolo community will take up disabled persons, if necessary).

After discussing the situation of the parishioners in the Medjugorje parish, affected by the consequences of the global geopolitical and economical situation and also being aware of previous experiences involving misuse of free accommodation for pilgrims, the Organisational Board of the Pilgrimage, together with the representatives of the local community of Medjugorje and Bijakovici, have decided to amend some parts of this project, as follows:

  • The pilgrimage will remain entirely free for PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY AND FOR 1 (ONE) OF THEIR COMPANIONS (either a parent, companion or carer).  Also, bus / van drivers will have free accommodation.
  • Other members of the families, second companions or friends and volunteers will need to pay 60 euros per person (the price of three half-boards).
  • Accommodation is half-board based.
  • The final deadline for applications is May 25, 2016 at the email address

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN YOUR APPLICATION: your arrival time, a contact phone number, the total number of pilgrims, the name of the person/child with a disability and the type of disability and the name of one companion who will have free accommodation, as well as the role and duty of other persons who will pay for their accommodation.

The organisers said: “We would kindly ask organisers and leaders of pilgrimages to take account of the genuine needs of those who are registering for the pilgrimage, so all unnecessary conflicts can be avoided.”



THURSDAY, 09. 06. 2016.

15.00 – 17.00 – arrival of the participants

18.00 – Evening prayer programme (Rosary, Holy Mass, prayers for healing, Adoration)


FRIDAY, 10. 06. 2016.

9.00 – 11.00 – presentation of groups of participants

11.15 – 12.00 – lecture for parents in the Hall of John Paul II// music workshop for others at the White Dome

12.30 – lunch at homes where the participants are staying

15.30 -17.00 – WAY OF THE CROSS for all disabled persons in the Hall of John Paul II

16.00 – parents and friends will join the parish for THE WAY OF THE CROSS on KRIZEVAC

18.00 – Evening prayer programme (Rosary, Holy Mass, prayers for healing, Veneration of the Cross)


SATURDAY, 11. 06. 2016.

In Mother’s Village:

9.00 – 12.00: MUSICAL, CREATIVE AND SPORTING WORKSHOP for all those unable to climb Podbrdo

PODBRDO:  9.30 prayer of the ROSARY around Our Lady’s statue

12.30 – lunch at homes where the participants are staying and recess time

LUNCH FOR ONE DAY VISITORS – privately organised

Hall of John Paul II.

15.30 – 16.15 – 1. testimony: Ivan Tutiš

16.30 – 17.30 – 2. concert - testimony: Mondo di Lusy

18.00 – Evening prayer programme (Rosary, Holy Mass, prayers for healing)

22.00 – ADORATION in the parish

SUNDAY, 12. 06. 2016.

10.00 -10.45 – testimony

11.00 – parish Holy Mass at the White Dome of St. James church 

Guests of this pilgrimage are:

Fr. Ivan Široki. Together with a group of lay people he brought the community Faith and Light to Croatia more than twenty years ago. Today he is their spiritual director in Đurđevac/Kloštar Podravski and serves as the parish priest of St. Benedict’s parish in Klostar Podravksi)

Ivan Tutiš. The first permanent deacon in the Djakovo Srijem diocese and second in the whole of Croatia. For a number of years he has been engaged as a religious teacher in an elementary school. He and his wife, Maria, have six children, one of whom is a child with special needs.

Mondo di Lusy (Lusy’s World): Anna Benedetti and Gianluca Anselmi will speak about their decision for life despite knowing that their child would have Down’s Syndrome. Their desire is to bring to others a message of hope, solidarity, care for others, communion, acceptance of diversity, love towards others and towards life.