Jakov was born on March 6, 1971 in Bijakovici. As the youngest seer, he was only ten years old when the alleged apparitions began. Jakovs' mother, Jaca died on September 5, 1983. This tragic death affected Jakov very deeply since he was without a mother, and rarely saw his father, who worked in Germany. As a result, Our Lady took on the role of spiritual and earthly mother for Jakov. Currently, Jakov lives near the parish of Medjugorje with his wife and three children.
He has had alleged daily apparitions since June 25, 1981. His prayer mission, given by Our Lady, is to pray for the ill. On September 12, 1998, Jakov received the tenth secret from Our Lady. Most presently, Our Lady allegedly appears to Jakov once per year, on Christmas Day. Upon receiving the news of yearly apparitions, it was very difficult for Jakov to accept that he would no longer see Our Lady every day. He wondered how he would continue, and struggled for months. However he has come to realize, through prayer, that he is like all of us who do not see Our Lady. He tells the world that Our Lady is always with us and that we can experience her in our hearts.
From the time Our Lady first appeared to me, my life has entirely changed. Now, I pray more and go to Mass every evening. I try, more and more, to fulfill the messages that Our Lady gives us. I feel I'm closer to God now. I believe we have to pray that God's plans will be realized. I now want to live as a Christian. I begin the day with prayer, then go to school. When I get home, I help wherever necessary. To me, the Mass means an encounter with the living God. Our Lady always tells us to pray more.