At the end of September 2006, a group of 120 students from the Catholic Franciscan University in Steubenville (USA) made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, and were accompanied by Fr. Peter, a Third Order Franciscan.
Students from Steubenville spend one semester in a monastery in Austria, and during that semester, pilgrimages are organised to different shrines right across Europe.
In Medjugorje, the students took part in the prayer programme in the parish church. They prayed the Rosary on Apparition Hill, and they also made the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain. They also sang during Mass for the English speaking pilgrims on Sunday the 24th of September.
In Steubenville, there are about 2,200 students, many of whom study theology and prepare themselves to provide service to the Church. The mission of the Catholic Franciscan University in Steubenville is to expose young people not only to knowledge, but also to the practical experience of living the catholic faith both in their daily lives and in their future professional lives, and to direct them towards holiness of life. (See: http://www.franciscan.edu)