Day 1 Wednesday, 18th October
Depart Boston Airport for overnight flight to Dubrovnik via Dublin.
Day 2 Opening Meeting - Thursday, 19th October
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. 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 Medjugorje, with the steeple of St. James
Church first greeting us, we will arrive at our hotel. 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 program.
It begins with the rosary followed by Holy Mass and depending on the day, we finish with adoration.
Day 3 Hill of Apparitions - Friday, 20th October
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 4 Hill of Apparitions - Saturday, 21st October
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.
Day 5 Optional Trip - Sunday, 22nd October
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 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 6 Cross Mountain - Monday, 23rd October
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 - Tuesday, 24th October
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.)
Day 8 Wednesday, 25th October
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 evening program.
Day 9 Thursday, 26th October
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 10 Friday, 27th October
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 11 Saturday, 28th October
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.