590 km on foot, from Slovenia to Medjugorje

date: 26.09.2007.

For Milan Čehovin from Slovenia, his 22nd visit to Medjugorje was a genuine pilgrimage: he came on foot. He started from Ilirska Bistrica on the 17th of August, and arrived in Medjugorje on the 31st of August.

“I walked 40 km a day on average; the longest walk being 60 km in one day. Every day, I prayed two entire Rosaries - twice the four sets of mysteries, as well as twice the seven Our Fathers and Hail Marys - and some other short prayers also.” He also found time to read the Bible every day.” On my arrival in Medjugorje, I first went to Our Lady in front of the church, and I offered her my vow and prayers. I was happy, because I managed to fulfill my vow: to make progress only by walking, and not to sleep in a bed, but on the ground. I slept on the roadside, on the seashore, in a monastery, and in a presbytery. I had no problems, other than some blisters.”

Milan visited Medjugorje for the first time in 1997, and since then, he has visited twice a year: for the International Youth Festival and for New Year’s Eve.

“I love Medjugorje, because Mary is here among people of strong faith. The Youth Festival attracts me because of the strong and interesting testimonies, because of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and because there are so many young friends. I always loved Jesus and Mary, and even in Slovenia I often go on shorter walking pilgrimages. Walking to Medjugorje was a particular challenge for me. I hope that Jesus will again call me to walk to Medjugorje.