From July 14 to 18, 2008, Prof. Dr. Tomislav Ivančić held a seminar in Hagiotherapy for English speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje. Among the participants was also Jim Caviezel, famous because of his role in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”.
Jim Caviezel was converted thanks to an encounter with Ivan Dragićević, a Medjugorje visionary, while he was on the set in Ireland (Count Monte Cristo). Motivated by the desire of his wife Kerry, who already knew Medjugorje, Caviezel wanted to assist at a prayer meeting with Ivan that was taking place not far from the set, but his obligations would not allow him to do so. Then, providentially, the weather came to his assistance: strong rain interrupted the work, so Caviezel went to meet Ivan. He was also present during an apparition, and this changed his life.
How did he get the main role in “The Passion of the Christ”? He only sent to Gibson an envelope with his card and a rosary from Medjugorje… While working on the “Passion”, he was fasting a lot, he went regularly for confession and Holy Communion, he was all the time reading the messages and daily praying the rosary.
Caviezel came to Medjugorje several times. In December 2003, he organized in Mother’s Village a private presentation of the unfinished version of “The Passion of the Christ”.