"It is hard to believe that I have only been home
from Medjugorje for two weeks, since I cannot wait to return! I wanted
to thank you for your assistance in arranging the trip. As you know,
although I felt a deep calling to go, I was more than a bit
apprehensive about traveling so far from home and without anyone I knew.
From beginning to end, the trip exceeded my expectations! As soon as I
met the group in DC, I knew I had made the right decision. Father
Charlie and Joanne were clearly “old pros” at the trip, and
they knew how to put everyone at ease while we got to know each other.
In addition, our group was a combination of people like me who were
experiencing Medjugorje for the first time, and others returning for
Coming from someone who usually spends her vacations in the Caribbean,
Medjugorje for me was the most beautiful and peaceful place that I have
ever been. It truly seems to be a bit of “heaven on earth”!
Your brother Bruno took great care of us, and by the end of the week, I
think we all felt like family. And the food was fantastic! I did manage
to fast on Wednesday and Friday, but it was a battle!!
There are too many highlights to try to explain in a short note.
However, among the most memorable moments for me included: the
Eucharistic Adoration outside, the English Mass with 30 priests
con-celebrating, the trip up Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain, the
International Mass with the gospel read in 10 different languages, the
nightly rosary with the parish and the October 2nd apparition by Our
Lady. Each activity gave me a greater appreciation for our Catholic
faith, and the gift that Jesus and Mary have given each one of us they
have called to Medjugorje.
I truly appreciated the care with which Father Charlie and Joanne
planned our days. In short, we had a group activity everyday that made
the most of our time in Medjugorje, but also had plenty of time for
personal reflection. It was not a busy tour, but truly a pilgrimage
which I believe touched each one of us in a special way!
My heartfelt thanks to you, Bruno, Joanne and Father Charlie for the
most memorable experience of my life. I am keeping all of you in my
prayers daily. And I look forward to a return trip to Medjugorje very
God bless you!"
- Kelly McCready
"I went to Medjugorje for the second time after
attending Youth Festival 2009. I thought that my first time to
Medjugorje was glorious and beyond my imagination
but this summer went far beyond my expectations. With 45,000-50,0000
coming to this small village I thought that there would be chaos and
agitation with the
hot temperatures of July, but the hand of the Lord was upon us and Our
Lady's presence there made everything go peacefully and harmoniously.
Our group was prayerful and supportive of each other and shared lots of
together at the meal table. Worshiping with other pilgrims from around
the world in song, dance, prayer, and adoration made our worlds feel
The best part of the pilgrimage was the time I went up Cross Mountain
with Mary R. We decided to go up barefeet and come down with our shoes
on. On the way up, at Station 5 where Simon the Cyrenean helps carry
the cross for Jesus, I felt so much pain in my feet and started to cry.
Mary was behind me and struggling too. An Italian group were following
us and two of their pilgrims, Pina and Giuseppe, came up to my sides,
grabbed my arms and lifted me up. Their friends assisted Mary up the
mountain too. Without them, we could not have made it up the mountain
in 2 hours. I had to trust them and they had the heart to help a
stranger. We didn't speak the same language but we understood the
language of the heart. When we reached the top, we shared the joy of
meeting each other by faith. It was another glorious memory I could
take home with me.
Many thanks to Father Charlie, Joanne, Bruno and Zdenko for making this
pilgrimage possible for all of us. I hope those who have never been to
Medjugorje take that first trip which will make heaven on earth a
Love in Jesus and Mary,
- Leah Gertrude Shakal, Obl.OSB
Good Bye Andy
Zovko's Experience and Healing Gift, affirmed by the Archdiocese of
Zovko - samozatajni i nesebični
djelitelj plodova Međugorja
Fruit of the Vine
Fr. David Simonetti-Chicago gives his testimony.