Around Medjugorje - Father Jozo
Father Jozo was the priest at the Parish when the apparitions were first sighted. It is indeed an illuminating experience to listen to the words of this pious and charismatic priest.
All that was mentioned above relates to the Roman Catholics, that is Catholics of the Western (Roman) rite. However, in Banja Luka there are also Catholics of the Eastern (Greek Catholic) rite, mainly of Ukrainian background, who have their own parish. Their liturgical center is located in the very heart of the town, right next to the convent of the Sisters of Charity (in today's “Serbian street”).
|Only a year and a half after Presnače parish was separated from the town parish, one more parish was established in Banja Luka, alongside the well-known Trappist monastery Maria Stella. Bishop Alfred Pichelr established it on May 13, 1973, separating it from parish Petrićevac as well as Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Banja Luka parish and entrusting its administration to the local Trappist monks. A huge Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary monastery church serves as the parish church.|
The Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure in Banja Luka is one of three Roman Catholic cathedrals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the seat of the Banja Luka Bishopric currently led by Bishop Franjo Komarica.
Doris Romano: CONVERSION STORY
I was raised Methodist and became very close to a minister and his family. They were like my second family and when I married my Catholic husband I couldn't find it in my heart to turn Catholic. I did have very nice memories of my Grandparents saying the rosary. I thought it was beautiful and I also was drawn to some of the practices of the Catholic faith. I always wondered why we didn't honor Mary. But still,
Rebecca: CONVERSION STORY
It has been wonderful reading all of the conversion stories. Here is another one and since this one has alot to do with pentecost I felt inspired to send it today on Pentecost Sunday.
As you know I grew up in a evangelical family. As far back as I can remember God and Jesus have been real to me and my mother says that i asked Jesus to come into my heart at the age of six. We prayed and read the Bible together as a family just about everyday, so coming to know and love God was natural for me.
I got rather distracted by the usual teenager things, horses,boys and clothes but thanks to my families and others prayers I kept on going to church and youth group meetings.
The Franciscan province in Bosnia was called Bosna Srebrena (Bosnia Argentum)
i.e. Silver Bosnia. Since the 19th century its site is in Sarajevo. This very old name was derived from the name of the city of SREBRENICA which in pre turkish times (before the end of the 15th century) had been known as an important Catholic center in north-eastern Bosnia (in Croatian srebro = silver).
Despite the fact that many people come to the town for the pilgrimage, there is a lot of variety for Medjugorje shopping. This spot did not become a popular tourist area until 1981 when the Virgin Mary is reputed to have appeared to six children. Most people come to visit the shrine and apparition sites.
|Just half an hour from the urban bustle of Banja Luka, this wild park offers visitors walking, hiking and biking paths and the opportunity to pick wild herbs. The dense forests of Kozara offer the chance to see wild boar, wolves and wild cats.|
Most of the Medjugorje restaurants are situated along the main highway of the town, and offer scenic views, great meals and wonderful dining experiences. Although many of these restaurants are on the pricey side, there are ways to make sure you get your money’s worth. Here are a few restaurant recommendations for your trip to Medjugorje.
Medjugorje is one of the towns of the Western Herzegovina municipality of Citluk (Čitluk) in the previous Yugoslavia. The name Medjugorje is Slavic and means "area between two moutains". This real life story occurs in the Bijakovici section of Medjugorje. On the afternoon of June 24, 1981, 2 girls, Ivanka Ivankovic, age 15, and Mirjana Dragicevic, age sixteen, were returning home from a walk. Looking toward the hill called Crnica, Ivanka saw a bright profile of a woman. She revealed to Mirjana, "it is the Gospa!" ( Our Lady ).
Instead it is located in southern part of Bosnia Herzegovina, which used to be a former republic of Yugoslavia. Medjugorje is not located in Yugoslavia nor Croatia, such even today some people still think. Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in Southern Europe and it's capital city is Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina is surrounded by Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Medjugorje is located between the city (20 km) of Mostar and coastside of Adriatic sea (part across the Peljesac Peninsula). It's in relative close location to Croatian coastal cities of Dubrovnik and Split.
Medjugorje is a small town in south Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located on Bakan peninsula, in the southeastern Europe.
Bosnia and Herzegovina borders with Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. It has an area of 51,129 square kilometers, and is almost landlocked except for the 26 kilometers of the Adriatic Sea coastline, around the country’s town Neum.
Official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina are Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian. The country’s capital is Sarajevo.
The parish was founded in late 1892 and is dedicated to St. James the Apostle, protector of pilgrims.
Medjugorje currently inhabits about 4300 residents.
I have tried with this FAQ to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Medjugorje. The answers are made to be short, simple and to the point. I did not want to make this page too lengthy. I hope that you find it useful. Please also realize that this page is not meant to be a catechesis on the Catholic faith. There is lots of information available which explains our rich Catholic Faith. Rather, these questions focus more directly on Medjugorje. Please also refer to our page "About Medjugorje".