On June 24, 1981, six children witnessed the Blessed Virgin Mary on what is now known as Apparition Hill in the peaceful and historical town of Medjugorje. The apparition had a message of peace for the world, as well as a call to conversion, prayer and fasting. Mike Nolan, who first traveled to Medjugorje in 1990, has been leading pilgrims there since 2005. On May 13, 2019, the Holy See officially announced that Dioceses and Parishes throughout the world are now authorized to organized Pilgrimages to Medjugorje. To date, over 40+ million people have visited this peaceful Pilgrimage site.
The most beautiful features of Medjugorje are its simplicity and peace, the presence of Our Lady. Medjugorje is a place where the veil between heaven and earth is very thin. In this sacred place, Our Lady will bring her healing, invite you under her mantle to learn prayer with the heart, and draw you close to her son. Mike Nolan will lead pilgrims to embrace their identity as beloved children of God, who, filled with the glory of God, are commissioned to carry her message of peace to the world. Mike, emphasizing the power of the Holy Spirit, activates your gifts to walk boldly as a disciple.
Fr. Svet says in his book entitled Pilgrimage, “A pilgrimage is a journey, assigned by God. It brings the pilgrim not only to a physical place, but out of himself, and into the presence of God. All else falls away. There is only the child, his Father, and eternity…” This is why we are being called to make such a journey. A “body language” that speaks loudly and clearly to God. “Father, I want to know you!”
Our itinerary is listed on the description of pilgrimage details.
We recommend that you bring a couple hundred dollars in US currency in small denominations. Some establishments accept US currency, however we recommend that you exchange for Euros prior to departure. This is not necessary but recommended.
Informal attire is accepted at all locations, however modest dress is expected in Medjugorje. Men and women are expected to wear clothing past the knees and shoulders covered on church grounds. Women can use a scarf or shawl to cover their shoulders or knees in church.
The pilgrimage cost includes flights, hotel, breakfast, and dinner daily in Medjugorje, guide fees, tips, transportation and welcome package.
(***Not Included: Trip insurance, fuel surcharge increases, optional day trips, and lunches)
Pilgrims should contact their cellular company and purchase an international plan. The hotel and most restaurants do have WIFI.
There is a fair amount of walking daily. For those who need it, taxis can be arranged. The fare for taxi is 5 euros and the fare can be split between passengers. There are two climbs built into this pilgrimage. The paths are very uneven and require physical endurance and balance. We encourage pilgrims to assess their own comfort level and we highly discourage anyone from climbing who would endanger their safety or others. We discourage unstable climbers from relying on pilgrims due to the rough terrain. For those who cannot climb, there are wonderful places to pray the few times the group is on the mountains.
The kitchen staff can prepare a gluten free option for you if needed. There is a grocery market close by. For other dietary needs, please speak to Laura Rubenzer, she will work with the kitchen staff to accommodate your needs.
There are bathrooms located in each room with a shower. Yes, the hotel provides air-conditioning and heat. Yes, there is a small laundromat attached to a restaurant 100 yards south of the hotel.
You need to bring an adapter for electrical devises (phones, computers, tablets, CPAP) and converter for personal appliances (hairdryer, curler).
There is a clinic behind the church staffed by the Maltese which can handle non-life-threatening concerns. For more serious health concerns, there is an urgent care in Citluk (5-minute drive). There is a full hospital in Mostar (25-minute drive). There is a pharmacy a few doors down from the hotel.
The local language is Croatian. The villagers who are staffed in the shops and restaurants speak fluent English.
Yes, the Balkans have been highly westernized. It is safe to travel there, and the village welcomes Americans with open arms.
We have a $500 non-refundable deposit. All payments outside of 90 days of departure is a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit. Outside of 30 days of departure we offer a 50% refund. Less than 30 days to departure, we do not offer a refund.
They are welcome to come, they can participate in whatever group activities they desire. Occult and New Age practices are strictly prohibited. Pilgrims are welcome to participate at the comfort level they deem appropriate for themselves.
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