Day 1 Friday, October 22
Depart Chicago Airport for overnight flight to Dubrovnik via Munich.
Day 2 Saturday, October 23
On arrival, you will be met by our guides who
will direct you towards your coach ready to
start our transfer to this most Blessed village,
Medjugorje. As we drive into Medjugorje, with
the steeple of St. James Church first greeting
us, we will arrive at Wojtyla Hotel. Light snack
or dinner will be served depending on the
time of arrival.
Day 3 Sunday, October 24
After breakfast we will attend the 10:00am English Mass in the Church of St. James.
Following Mass, there will be an 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.
In the afternoon we will visit the Blue Cross, a place of many apparitions of Our
Lady. We also will walk to Vickas old family home, to see and to pray in the room
where she had apparitions over a long period of time. After dinner, we can attend
the evening prayer program.
Day 4 Monday, October 25
After breakfast, we gather at the statue of
Our Lady to walk through the vineyards, to
the Hill of Apparitions (Podbrdo). We climb,
in prayer, to the place where Our Lady first
appeared to six frightened children in June
of 1981. 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 5 Tuesday, October 26
Today we have the opportunity to meet with one of the visionaries (depending on
their availability). 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 the icon of the Divine Mercy,
which is now exposed in the chapel. We also have an opportunity to venerate relics
of St Faustina and St. John Paul II.
Day 6 Wednesday, October 27
After breakfast we will 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. We make our descent
in time for holy Mass. Following the evening
services, we join Marian Pilgrimages program
director, David Parkes for an Evening of Prayer
Day 7 Thursday, October 28
Today we gather to hear from one of the Medjugorje priests (depending on their
availability). In the afternoon we will visit a neighboring Franciscan monastery and
the Shrine of St. Anthony, which is located only 15 minutes from Medjugorje village
(This is optional). In the evening after the International Holy Mass, you may take
part in the Mysteries of Light on the Via Domini and visit the grave of Fr. Slavko.
After almost 18 years spent in Medjugorje, Fr. Slavko died suddenly at the top of the
Cross Mountain on a Friday afternoon in 2000.
Day 8 Friday, October 29
After breakfast, 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. After dinner, we can participate in the
Day 9 Saturday, October 30
Our guide will collect us from the Wojtyla Hotel for our transfer to Dubrovnik
airport for our flight back to Chicago via Munich.