The Pilgrim's Journey

Medjugorje and Life Coaching

Jennie GuinnLast Updated: October 2nd, 2020Medjugorje, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

For the past three years as fall approached, I found myself eagerly awaiting a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. The visits to the small village in Bosnia-Herzegovina completely changed my life. Amid the chaos and confusion going on now in the world with the pandemic, social unrest and the upcoming election, I find myself yearning for Medjugorje. … Read More

Be a Living Sanctuary

Susan SkinnerLast Updated: June 25th, 2020Medjugorje, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

“If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15 I made my first pilgrimage ever in September, 2018 to Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is a place of alleged apparitions … Read More

In the Footsteps of Our Blessed Mother

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: December 19th, 2019Holy Land, Marian Shrines of Europe, Medjugorje, Saints

In the St. Wenceslas tale that is told around this time of year, we see a king’s mercy and compassion. Good King Wenceslas, who has had songs and story books made of his life, set out one winter’s night with his squire to take food and firewood to his poor subjects. The snow was deep, … Read More

When Mary Visits

Susan SkinnerLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Marian Shrines of Europe, Medjugorje, Spiritual Reflections

The Old Testament shows the prefigurement of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. In 2 Samuel, Uzzah is struck dead for touching the ark of the covenant and David feels unworthy to bring the ark to Jerusalem. So, David takes the ark to the house of Obed-Edom where the ark remained for three months. While … Read More

Why do the Five Stones Challenge for Lent?

Bri CampbellLast Updated: February 28th, 2019Medjugorje, Spiritual Reflections

It was about this time last year that I really started getting interested in Medjugorje. At that point, I had been working for Tekton about seven months. We had a few pilgrimages come and go to Medjugorje, and I had heard scattered conversations and stories around the office about Medjugorje, but did I really know … Read More

Three Essential Elements of Adoration

Melvin UllrichLast Updated: February 14th, 2019Medjugorje, Spiritual Reflections

Every day in Medjugorje, seven to ten thousand people kneel together in Eucharistic Adoration. So, Fr. Leon Pereira, the chaplain to English-speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje, knows a thing or two about Adoration. Here are what he calls the three essential elements of Adoration: SILENCE. Our world today offers little opportunity for silence. Media and mobile … Read More

The Church’s Response to Medjugorje Apparitions – Updated Timeline

Ann VucicLast Updated: September 11th, 2020Church News, Medjugorje, Pope Francis

Timeline of the Church’s response to Medjugorje 1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin 1984: Local bishop, diocese of Mostar forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje. 1986: Bishop submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), which at the time was led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later, … Read More

Medjugorje Pilgrim Experiences Remarkable Graces & Answered Prayers

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Medjugorje

“We think of  Lent as a time of stripping away. This year, my Lent was incredibly challenging in multiple ways,” Thirty-two-year-old Maria of Indianapolis, Indiana shares. “I was going through a period of desolation. I just kept thinking, hold on to Easter, hold on to Easter, things will get better.” Easter Sunday came and, despite … Read More

Fr. Leon Pereira – What Role Does Private Revelation Play in Our Faith?

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Medjugorje

Last week we began a two-part series with Fr. Leon Pereira, Chaplain to English-Speaking Pilgrims in Medjugorje. We looked at the Church’s current ruling on the Medjugorje apparitions, and Fr. commented on a quote from Archbishop Henrik Hoser – “The light far outweighs the shadows.” This week, we’ll turn our attention to the question, “Do … Read More

Medjugorje Chaplain Fr. Leon Pereira Provides Food for Thought Regarding Vatican Approval

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Medjugorje

Recently, Fr. Leon Pereira, Chaplain to English Speaking Pilgrims in Medjugorje, spoke with Medjugorje pilgrimage leader Ann Vucic about the status of the Holy See’s approval of the Medjugorje apparitions, and whether the faithful are allowed to come to Medjugorje. Fr. Leon’s words offered substantial food for thought regarding pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Over the next … Read More

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth – The Saints Who’ve Stood the Test of Time

Bri CampbellLast Updated: September 15th, 2020France, Italy, Marian Shrines of Europe, Medjugorje

What does “incorrupt” mean?The word “incorrupt” means “not having undergone decomposition, especially of a human body.” What is an incorrupt saint? In the realm of Catholicism, an incorrupt saint is one whose body experiences little, no, or delayed decomposition after death. It is believed that divine intervention has allowed a number of human bodies to … Read More

Is Vatican Paving the Way Toward Approval of Medjugorje?

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Medjugorje

Recent events have lead many to speculate that the Vatican may be paving the way toward approval of Medjugorje as a site of Marian apparitions. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, the Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, the Vatican announced that it was appointing recently-retired Archbishop Henryk Hoser as Special Apostolic Visitor to … Read More

On This Pilgrimage, the Best Thing That Happened Didn’t Happen

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Medjugorje

On the second day of her retreat with Fr. Zlatko Sudac, Betsy wasn’t feeling well. She attended Father’s morning talk, but was too sick to go to lunch. Instead, she went for a walk with her rosary, planning to pray for relief in hopes that she would be well enough to attend the afternoon session.Halfway … Read More

Official Pilgrimages to Medjugorje Authorized, States Vatican Envoy

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: January 21st, 2021Medjugorje

“The devotion to Medjugorje is allowed,” confirmed Archbishop Hoser in a statement to Aleteia on Dec. 7, 2017. “It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret.” In February, Archbishop Henryk Hoser was chosen by Pope Francis to be a Papal Envoy to Medjugorje.  When he was assigned to this position, the Vatican clarified … Read More