Group Leader: Nives Jelich
Group Leader: Julia Brummitt
September 5 – 15, 2024
*Optional Post-Stay: September 15 – 25, 2024
$699.00 Per Person Based on Double Occupancy
On June 25, 1981, in the mountain village of Medjugorje in Herzegovina, Our Lady appeared to six children. She identified herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, and continues to appear to the visionaries to this day. Her mission is to promote God’s peace to all mankind, through her Son, Jesus. Mary told the children, “I have come to tell the world that God exists.” In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser the “Apostolic Visitator” to Medjugorje in steps to officially recognize Medjugorje as a sacred Catholic site. On May 13, 2019, the Holy See officially announced that Dioceses and Parishes throughout the world would be permitted to organize Pilgrimages to Medjugorje. Sadly, beloved Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021. In November, 2021, Pope Francis named Archbishop Aldo Cavalli as the new Apostolic Visitator, still currently serving in that role. Over the past 41 years, more than 40 million people have visited this now popular Pilgrimage site. 206 Tours has been arranging pilgrimages to Medjugorje since 1985, assisting over 250,000 people, many claiming to experience peace and spirituality they have never felt before.
Your trip includes
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1 | Thursday, September 5: Depart US
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.
Day 2 | Friday, September 6: Arrive Medjugorje
Upon arrival in Europe, change gates to board your short con-nection flight to either: Dubrovnik, Split, or Sarajevo airport. Upon arrival collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival’s hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver, who will take you on the 2 1/2 hour drive to the village of Medjugorje. Enjoy dinner before retiring for the evening.
Days 3 - 10 | Saturday - Saturday, September 7 - 14: Experiencing Medjugorje
The most beautiful feature of Medjugorje is its simplicity, and its peace. While in Medjugorje, you will have the opportunity to experience your faith grow, and share in the faith journey of pilgrims from all over the world. The local guide will accompany your group throughout your stay in the village.
Some activities that you’ll be sharing with fellow pilgrims on your spiritual journey:
Attend Daily Mass: Each morning, at 10:00AM, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Mass (English- Speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of the religious articles that you have with you.
On Feast Days, and Sundays: English Mass is at Noon
Climb Apparition Hill: This mountainous hill is where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. Also, at the base of this hill is a Blue Cross, where it is said Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the alleged apparitions. When climbing, your group is invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times for each decade of the Rosary. At the top of the hill, you will witness the exact location of the first alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries, and enjoy private time in prayer.
Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain): In 1933, the villagers built a 30′ high cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus’ passion and death on the cross. Your group will have the opportunity to climb this mountain, and venerate that very cross. When climbing, your group is invited to pray the Stations of the Cross (to meditate on Jesus’ suffering Road to Calvary), pausing fifteen times, once for each Station.
Apparitions: Each evening 6:00PM, your group will join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in saying the Rosary as all anxiously await the alleged arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries. Following the apparition, at 6:40PM, feel free to stay at St. James Church and attend the Croatian Mass. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be close to her Son. For this, you will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament at the outside altar of St. James Church. Adoration is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is held on Fridays. Additionally, there is an Adoration Chapel on the grounds of St. James Church. Adoration is held here in the afternoon hours.
Visit to the Community of Cenacolo: You will have the opportunity to visit the community of Cenacolo, founded by a Sister of Charity, Mother Elvira. It is here that young men and women who have taken a wrong path are on the road to recovery. You will be able to listen to their inspirational words about their journeys back to Jesus Christ.
Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: Located on the grounds of St. James Church, is the bronze statue of the Risen Christ. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ’s right knee.
Day 11 | Sunday, September 15: Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, we leave by motor coach for Dubrovnik Airport (Split or Sarajevo) for return flights home.
Or Extend your stay in Medjugorje
Days 11 – 19 | Sunday – Tuesday, September 15 – 24: Enjoy your extended stay
Enjoy these days at your leisure exploring the wonder and beauty of Medjugorje.
Day 20 | Wednesday, September 25: Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, you depart by motor coach to Dubrovnik, Split or Sarajevo for return flights home.
*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
About your trip
Medjugorje, located in Bosnia & Herzegovina, is the site of the 1981 Marian Apparitions. On June 24th 1981 six children witnessed the Blessed Virgin Mary on what is now known as Apparition Hill. The apparition of Our Lady had a message of peace for the world, as well as a call to conversion, prayer and fasting. She appeared to them with an infant in their arms and confided several secrets to the children. Some of the children, now adults, continue to witness Our Lady’s apparitions.
Medjugorje is a place of peace and prayer where over 40 million people have visited the now popular Pilgrimage site. In 2018 Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser the “Apostolic Visitor” to Medjugorje in steps to officially recognize Medjugorje as a sacred Catholic site. On May 13, 2019 the Holy See officially announced that Dioceses and Parishes throughout the world are officially authorized to organize Pilgrimages to Medjugorje.
About the Six Medjugorje Visionaries