Day 1 Monday, October 5
Depart Boston Airport for overnight flights to Shannon.
Day 2 Tuesday, October 6
On arrival in Shannon we will be met by our guide and driver for the day and taken for
breakfast in the Raddison Hotel. After our hearty breakfast we will take a scenic drive and
arrive at one of Irelands outstanding features the Cliffs of Moher, towering 700 feet above
the Atlantic Ocean. Stroll along the cliffs to OBriens Tower and visit the interesting visitor
center. We then travel to Knock to check into the 4 Knock House and have some lunch and
a bit of a rest. We will have some free time before dinner in the Hotel.
Day 3 Wednesday, October 7
After breakfast we will take a tour of the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock where the Blessed
Mother appeared to the locals on the back of the Church gable in a driving rain storm. We
will be able to have Mass at the site of the apparition and have the chance to walk around
the beautiful grounds and visit the shops. After our visit, we will take our transfer to Knock
airport to board our flight to Mostar-Medjugorje. On arrival in Mostar-Medjugorje you will
be met by our team of guides and transferred to Medjugorje with a guided escort. Upon
arrival in Medjugorje you will be taken to your pansion where you will stay. Light snack or
dinner will be served depending on the time of arrival.
Day 4 Thursday, October 8
We start our day with breakfast before attending 10:00am mass, which is intended for
English-speaking pilgrims, in the Church of St. James. The Church of St. James is placed
under patronage of St. James the Apostle, who is patron saint of pilgrims. We do not move
very far and usually meet at the shrine of Our Lady of Peace for our opening meeting where
the guides will share with us the history of the place, introduce us to the shrine and take us
through the week, and through their words and experiences enlighten us to the messages
and intentions of Our Lady. We break for lunch where restaurants are in abundance and
boast some of the best steaks and pizza. The afternoon takes us to Blue Cross, a place of
many apparitions of Our Lady. It is situated at the base of Apparition Hill where Our Lady
appeared to the children and where they were hiding from the communist police at the
beginning of the apparitions. Many pilgrims venture here to bask in the peace that emanates
from this special area. From Blue Cross, we walk to Vickas old house. Vicka is one of the six
Medjugorje visionaries and we visit her old family house to see and to pray in the room where
she had apparitions over a long period. After dinner, we can attend the evening prayer program.
Day 5 Friday, October 9
This morning after breakfast, we gather at the statue of Our Lady to walk through the
vineyards, to the Hill of Apparitions (Podbrdo). This has been the traditional route taken by
millions of pilgrims. The guides regale us with accounts of the first days of the apparitions,
especially the first seven days, and tell us of the great spiritual journey the visionaries
undertook. We simply climb, in prayer, to the site of the first apparition, the place where
Our Lady first appeared to six frightened children in June of 1981.The Joyful Mysteries greet
us at several points of our climb where we pray for a short time. This afternoon there is an
optional tour to Cenacolo, which is a community for recovering drug addicts. There is a
special lesson to be learned from the residents here, by their hard work, perseverance and
prayer. After dinner, we attend the evening program.
Day 6 Saturday, October 10
Today we have the opportunity to meet with one of the visionaries (depending on their
availability) for a talk on the messages. Our Lady of Peace leaves us messages on the 25th day of each month through the visionary, Mirjana. Through these messages we are called
upon to attend holy Mass, to fast, to read the bible, to attend confession and to pray the holy
rosary. Our Lady maintains that we will receive many graces by praying the Rosary. In the
afternoon, we have an optional trip to visit the Church of the Divine Mercy in Surmanci
one of five villages belonging to Medjugorje parish, only a 15 minute drive from Medjugorje
village. This is a very popular place with pilgrims as a miraculous healing took place before
icon of the Divine Mercy, which is now exposed in the chapel. We also have opportunity to
venerate relics of St Faustina and St john Paul II.
Day 7 Sunday, October 11
Our day begins with breakfast and we then meet at the base of Cross Mountain (Krizevac) to
start our ascent. We pray the Stations of the Cross as we make our way to the summit. Our
journey is rewarded by taking time for reflection and prayer by the cross located at the top of
the mountain. In 1933, the parish of St. James erected a large concrete cross to commemorate
the 1900th Anniversary of Jesus passion and death on the Cross. We make our descent in time
for holy Mass. In the afternoon, following our climb, we will have some free time. This evening
we have a special treat as our program director, David Parkes, performs for us in concert with
an Evening of prayer through song. David is an internationally acclaimed singer and often
travels worldwide singing the word of Our Lord.
Day 8 Monday, October 12
Today we gather to hear from one of the priests. With Medjugorje as their base, they
can shed light on issues we may be struggling with such as confession or sacrifice. In the
afternoon we will visit a neighboring Franciscan monastery and the Shrine of St. Anthony,
which is located only 15 min from Medjugorje village. (This is optional.) In the evening
after international holy mass, you may take part in the prayer of Mysteries of Light in the
Via Domini and visit the grave of late Fr. Slavko, a Medjugorje priest who embodied the
messages of Our Lady and who traveled the world spreading that message of peace and
reconciliation. After almost 18 years spent in Medjugorje, Fr. Slavko suddenly died at the
top of the Cross mountain on a Friday afternoon in 2000.
Day 9 Tuesday, October 13
We meet as a group to join in the closing meeting on the church grounds. David and the
guides conclude the week with prayer and a short follow up on the week. We finish the
program with a visit to the Mothers village. This is an orphanage founded by the late Fr.
Slavko for children whose parents had died during the war. Now its a home for orphaned
children or children who come from dysfunctional and broken families. This village is a
visible fruit of Medjugorje. After dinner, we can participate in the evening program.
Day 10 Wednesday, October 14
Our guide will collect us at our house for our transfer to the airport for our return flight back to
Knock. On arrival in Knock you will be greeted by your Irish guide and transferred to Knock
house hotel for your evening meal, after which we can partake in the evening ceremonies.
Day 11 Thursday, October 15
After breakfast we will have Mass in Knock. After Mass the coaches will collect you and
depart for the Shannon airport for your flight to Boston.