The first encounter of the charismatic prayer groups coordinated in Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which gathered together more than 1000 participants, was held in Medjugorje from April 10-12. The encounter began with Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ante Vuckovic, with many other priests, the spiritual leaders of prayer groups, who concelebrated at this and every other Holy Mass. The participants took part in the evening prayer programme and there were also lectures given by the members of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit of Italy. This Renewal has more than 250,000 members. Testimonies were given in the Hall of St. John Paul II, where the programme took place and the Italian representatives spoke about their walk with the Lord and Mary in their personal lives and in the lives of the community. Fr. Guido Maria Pietrogrande, the spiritual leader of the Italian Renewal in the Holy Spirit has been a very active member of the charismatic movement since 1976. He said that this Encounter was just the beginning and he hoped that this seed would bring abundant fruit. Fr. Ante Vučković spoke on the theme of personal growth of the individual through talents received from God and the necessity of imbuing those talents in the community and communion. Singing and praise were led by the band Bozja Pobjeda (God’s Victory) from Zagreb.