Day 1 Monday, October 10th
Depart Boston Airport for overnight flight to Dubrovnik via Dublin.
Day 2 Opening Meeting - Tuesday, October 11th
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, Medugorje. The
guide on the transfer will inform us of what we can
expect during our time here as we view the splendid
scenery on route. As we drive into Medugorje, with
the steeple of St. James Church first greeting us, we will
arrive at our house. With all rooms allotted on the bus,
we are firstly introduced to our host family and we can
then rest in our rooms before being called for a light
snack, or dinner, which will be served depending on the
time of arrival. Each evening, we will attend the parish
evening programme. It begins with the rosary followed by Holy Mass and depending on the day, we
finish with adoration.
Day 3 Hill of Apparitions - Wednesday, October 12th
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 Medugorje 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 programme.
Day 4 Hill of Apparitions - Thursday, October 13th
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 tradtional 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.
Day 5 Optional Trip - Friday, October 14th
Today we have the opportunity to meet with one of the visionaries (depending on their availaibility)
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 in Surmanci one of five villages
belonging to Medugorje parish, only a 15 minute drive
from Medugorje 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 6 Cross Mountain - Saturday, October 15th
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. We make our
descent in time for holy Mass. In the afternoon, following our climb, we will have some free time.
Day 7 Talk with Medjugorje Priest - Sunday, October 16th
Today we gather to hear from one of the priests. With Medugorje 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
neighbouring Franciscan monastery and the Shrine of St. Anthony, which is located only 15 min from
Medugorje village. (This is optional.)
Day 8 Monday, October 17th
This morning we will have some free time to shop or
spend some time in private prayer. In the 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
Day 9 Tuesday, October 18th
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 Medugorje priest who embodied the messages
of Our Lady and who travelled the world spreading that message of peace and reconciliation. After
almost 18 years spent in Medugorje, Fr. Slavko suddenly died at the top of the Cross mountain on a
Friday afternoon in 2000.
Day 10 Wednesday, October 19th
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 programme 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 Medugorje. After dinner, we can
participate in the evening programme.
Day 11 Thursday, October 20th
Our guide will collect us at Wojtyla Hotel for our transfer to the airport for our return flight.
Please note this itinerary is subject to change and should not be considered a contract of
events or places to be supplied or visited. Every effort is made to follow the itinerary as set
out, however events outside of our control may force alterations.