Pilgrims from Istria

date: 27.03.2014.

Around 150 pilgrims from Istria, Croatia came to Medjugorje last weekend. They were all from area around town Rovinj and they came as a part of their annual pilgrimage that is organised always during the Lent. Rebeka Sebastijan and Marija Pendic from Rovinj witnessed about their experience of pilgrimage and conversion in the radio programme of radio station Mir Medjugorje. Rebeka spoke about this year’s pilgrimage to Medjugorje and about activities of faithful through the Third Franciscan Order in Rovinj: “We have our activities as a part of monastery of St. Francis that has been present in Rovinj for more than 300 years. We also have great support of all guardians who worked in this monastery in that period and we are so grateful to them for all they did for us. We are used to coming to Medjugorje in the time of Lent and one of the buses is full of youth. It is important for love and communion to develop, and we came to seek for peace that we always find in Medjugorje”, said Rebeka who came to Medjugorje in 1999, for the first time with a group of young people. “I am one of the people who converted here; this is where I found faith, God and Gospa for the first time. I have huge devotion to Gospa and it is not hard for me to organise pilgrimages to Medjugorje.” Marija said that she would never forget her first pilgrimage to Medjugorje: “I was brought up in faith and I was always living in faith. I wanted to come to Medjugorje sooner, but there was no means for me before to come. When I first arrived, I did not expect anything. We went to Mother’s Village and I cannot find words to express that, but I had such a beautiful experience. They told me it was experience of conversion.” Rebeka said at the end how all pilgrims took part in the prayer programme and climbed both hills in Medjugorje.