In the beginning of February 2006, a group of a hundred students from the Catholic Franciscan University in Steubenville (USA) came on pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, a Third Order Franciscan, and Vice-President of the University, accompanied this pilgrimage.
The 11th International Seminar for Priests will be held in Međugorje from 3 to 8 July 2006. The topic of the seminar is: «Spirituality of priest» («...Let us pray, little children,..., so that the Church may resurrect in love...», from the message of 25 March 1999)
You may make reservations by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax: +387-36-651-999 (for Marija Dugandzic).
On the 10th. of February, the Feast of Blessed Cardinal Stepinac, Medjugorje Parish commemorates the martyrdom of the Franciscans who were either born in Medjugorje or who had worked in the parish.
David Ianni, Pianist and Composer from Luxembourg, came to Medjugorje, in order to begin the New Year 2006 in prayer. He came with the Catholic Community “Amici di Dio” from Austria. (See: http://www.amicididio.com)
A Religious-Humanitarian Association
Pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that, in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow man; and that in wisdom and love, you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus… Thank you for having responded to my call!”
(Message of May 25, 2000)
The religious-humanitarian association “Medjugorje-Mir Split” was established in 1992 as a continuation of the activities of the Medjugorje Parish Caritas. In order to improve communication with the world, the need to have a Medjugorje Parish Caritas Office in Split became apparent as soon as the war began. After functioning well for several months, it became obvious that it would be appropriate to register the Association in Croatia, to further improve the smooth resolution of customs formalities, and to create better communication links with administration. This is how the Association Medjugorje – Mir was founded, whose director and spiritual advisor was the late Fr. Leonard Orec.
Mons. Thomas Msusa, Bishop of Zomba in Malawi, came to Medjugorje in November 2005 together with Mons. Allan Chamgwera, his retired predecessor, and with Mons. Remi Joseph Gustave Saint-Marie, Bishop of Dedza.
In January 2006, the Information Centre “MIR” Medjugorje began publishing the Medjugorje-monthly named “Glasnik mira” – “The Messenger of Peace”.
For almost fifteen years, on a monthly basis, our readers received “Glas mira” – “The Voice of Peace”. Insofar as it was possible in the prevailing circumstances, this magazine followed, reported, and promoted the spirituality that emanates from the event that happened here one late afternoon on June 24, 1981. For fifteen years, more exactly since the fall of atheistic communism, we had the occasion to put in writing, to follow, to make our own and to live the spirituality that was born here. This monthly publication was, and remains, a permanent monument to a decisive period in the history of the world, of the Catholic Church and of this parish which, through the plan of Providence, was brought into the very centre of world attention and of Christ’s Church.
On Thursday, January 19, 2006, eleven priests from different Portuguese parishes came to the Shrine of the Queen of Peace in Medjugorje. In the Parish House, they met Dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar, the pastor, with whom they spoke about the international dimension of this parish and about Portuguese pilgrims coming to this place of prayer. They expressed the desire to come again, both individually, and with their faithful.
During the last year, declared by the Holy Father as the Year of the Eucharist, there was a whole-night silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the parish church. The same arrangement will apply in the year ahead.
During 2005, 15 bishops from 12 countries came to Medjugorje:
- Mons. Hieronymus Herculanus Bumbun, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Pontianak (Indonesia)
- Mons. Salvatore Boccaccio, Bishop of Frosinone (Italy)
- Mons. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios Ottathengil, syro-malankar Bishop of Bathery (Kerala, India)
- Mons. José Luís Azcona Hermoso, O.A.R., Augustinian, Bishop of Marajó (Para, Brazil)
- Mons. Bruno Tommasi, retired Archbishop of Lucca (Italy)
- Mons. Hermann Raich, S.V.D., Bishop of Wabag (Papua New Guinea)
- Mons. Issam John Darwish, BSO, DD., Eparch of the Melkite Catholic Church in Australia and New Zealand
- Mons. Domenico Pecile, retired Bishop of Latina (Italy)
- Mons José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, O.S.A., Auxiliary Bishop of Panama (Panama)
- Mons. Stanislas Lukumwena Lumbala, O.F.M., Bishop of Kole (Democratic Republic of Congo)
- Mons. Pearce Lacey, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto (Canada)
- Mons. Thomas Msusa, Bishop of Zomba (Malawi)
- Mons. Allan Chamgwera, retired Bishop of Zomba (Malawi)
- Mons. Remi Joseph Gustave Saint-Marie, Bishop of Dedza (Malawi)
- Mons. Joseph Faber MacDonald, Bishop of Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada)
During 2005, 45 different seminars for 1,532 people took place in the house of prayer “Domus Pacis”.
There were 18 “Prayer, fasting and silence” seminars for 644 faithful from Austria (2), Germany (2), Poland (1), France (2), Ukraine (1), Russia (1), Lituania (1), Slovakia (1), Italy (2), Hungary (1), Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (4). Over six days, they deepened their faith in the Lord, following Our Lady’s call to prayer, fasting, and inner silence. These seminars were led by Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic.
There were also 9 recollection sessions for 294 members of the Franciscan Youth Fraternity and for the Altar boys from Herzegovina.
Franciscan School Sisters led 7 seminars for 190 girls.
There were also 11 other seminars for 404 people, organised by different movements.
1,299,100 Holy Communions were distributed. 29,673 priests have concelebrated Holy Mass. Groups of pilgrims came from 57 countries from all the continents: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Philippines, Finland, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, South African Republic, Canada, China, Korea, La Reunion, Latvia, Lithuania, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Hungary, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherland, Germany, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, USA, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Scotland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tahiti, Ukraine, Vietnam.
Fr. Alexis Wiehe, priest of the diocese of Toulon, ordained 1 year and 4 months ago, came on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in December 2005. The experience of Medjugorje has influenced his life and his vocation. He has the permission of his bishop to incorporate the elements that he received in Medjugorje into his pastoral work.
Several thousand pilgrims, most of them young and from all over the world, came to Medjugorje in order to enter with prayer into the New Year 2006. Groups from all the continents began arriving several days earlier, and by Thursday and Friday, the church was already too small to accommodate all of them. (photos)
Parishioners, together with the faithful from neighbouring parishes and pilgrims, prepared themselves for Christmas with a novena: instead of the usual evening prayer programme, there was a Rosary novena on Apparition Hill and early morning masses daily. (photos)