Special Pilgrimage to
from Mc Allen, TX
including a Private
Fr. Jozo Zovko
on the Island of Badija
August 31 - September 13,
Space is Extremely Limited!
Private Retreat with Fr. Jozo has a
MAXIMUM capacity of
Registrations accepted on a
FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVE Basis!
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Saturday, August 31
Depart for your overnight flights to Dubrovnik.
Sunday, September 1 –
Dubrovnik – Orebić
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik airport, collect your luggage in the baggage claim
area and meet your local tour guide who will escort you to the waiting motor
coach. From here you will travel along the coast to the Pelješac Peninsula, a
region famous for it’s wine and oysters. Here in Orebić you will have dinner and
spend the night along the beautiful Adriatic seaside.
Monday, September 2 – Orebić
– Badija Island September - After a restful night, you will have time for
Mass, breakfast and morning prayers before taking the ferry to a small island
off near Korcula. Badija Island located about a 15 minute water taxi ride from
the Old Town of Korcula's harbor. Covering about one square kilometer, the
island features the Franciscan Monastery, some nice beaches and swimming spots
as well as good hiking paths through the pine and cypress trees to the top of
the hill, where you can take in great views of the Adriatic Sea and the Croatian
coastline. It is at the Franciscan Monastery, located here on the island, where
you will be staying for the next 5 nights, and where Fr. Jozo Zovko will conduct
his spiritual retreat. This amazing complex, built in the 14th & 15th centuries,
consists of the church (Our Lady of Mercy), the cloisters, the Chapel of the
Holy Cross, and the actual Monastery itself. Enjoy dinner and Mass tonight at
Tuesday-Friday, September 3-6 Spiritual
Retreat with Fr Jozo
In 1981 Father Jozo Zovko OFM, was a parish priest at St. James Church in
Medjugorje. He was away for the first 7 days of the apparitions, and upon his
return, he initially did not believe the children. Years later in his homily he
shared: " I wondered, ‘Why don't they (the children) listen to me?’ I never
thought; ‘why don't I hear them?’ Then one day it happened; they came to the
church and I went to the hill. The apparitions are a reality. I heard the voice
in my heart. 'Go out. Protect the children.' The children needed my protection.
So I went back to the church and took the children to the rectory. It was then,
that Our Lady came much closer to my heart. The children said: 'Our Lady will
come to the church' and our Lady came, blessing us all. God needs us. And
without us, His flame cannot be released.” Because of a sermon he had given,
which was seen as an insurrection against the Communist government, Father Jozo
was arrested and sentenced to three and a half years of hard labor. This
sentence was later commuted to eighteen months, and once released, pilgrims
attended his packed church services in Tihaljina, and later in Siroki Brijeg.
Pilgrims could not imagine going to Medjugorje without visiting Fr. Jozo Zovko,
and being present for one of his tremendous healing prayer services. Here is the
sample daily schedule while on the island.
8:00 AM: Prayer
9:00 AM: Breakfast
10:30 AM: Lecture,
12:00 PM: Prayer
1:00 PM: Lunch FREE TIME
5:00 PM: Lecture
6:00 PM: Holy Mass
7:00 PM: Dinner
9:00 PM: Sharing
Saturday, September 7 - Badija
Island – Medjugorje This morning you will wake up and meet the group for
prayer at 8am, followed by breakfast before departing the island by ferry back
to the Croatian mainland. From here you will continue inland to the village of
Medjugorje. Once there, you will have dinner and be introduced to your host
family in who’s modern and comfortable house you will be staying for the next
Sunday-Wednesday, September 8-11 - Medjugorje During your stay, you will
experience the beauty and peace of this simple village, and have the opportunity
to share your faith with pilgrims from all over the world. Every day there will
be transportation to take you to Mother’s Village, to attend a private mass.
Here are some of the other activities planned for the week:
Daily Masses: Each morning, at 10:00am, the group will assemble at St.
James Church for Mass and the blessing of religious articles immediately
Climb Apparition Hill: Recite the Rosary while climbing the hill to the
place where the visionaries first allegedly encountered Our Lady.
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. Climb to the top, stopping 14 times along the way to rest and Pray the
Stations of the Cross.
Apparitions: Join the villagers and fellow pilgrims in praying the Rosary
in St. James Church at 5:00pm (6:00pm Daylight Savings Time), and stay for the
alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries at 5:40pm (6:40pm Daylight
Savings Time). Stay for the Croatian Mass the Blessing of the Sick immediately
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be
close to Her Son. Join fellow pilgrims for Adoration on Tuesday and Saturday at
the outside altar of St. James Church, and for Veneration of the Cross on Friday
inside the church. Adoration is also available in the Chapel every afternoon.
Meetings with the Visionaries:
Pending their availability, the guide will arrange meetings with the
Visit to the Community of Cenacolo: Founded by the Sisters of Charity,
Cenacolo is a community for young men and women who have lost their way in life,
and are on the road to recovery. We will hear their inspirational words about
their journeys back to Jesus Christ.
Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: Pray at the bronze statue
located on the grounds of St. James Church, and witness the droplets of water
that miraculously seep out of Christ's right knee.
September 12 - Depart
Medjugorje After breakfast and attending your last English Mass at St. James
Church, you will leave by motor coach for Dubrovnik Airport (Spilt or Sarajevo)
for your short flight to Munich (Vienna, Zurich or Rome.) Upon arrival you will
collect your luggage and transfer to your airport hotel for overnight.
Friday, September 13 - Return flights to USA. After breakfast, return to
airport for your return flights to the USA.
*Roundtrip airfare from McAllen,
TX. comfortable arrival and departure from Croatia.)
*12 nights Accommodations (Double Occupancy)
1 night – Orebić
5 nights – Badija Island
5 nights – Medjugorje
1 night – Munich (Vienna, Zurich or Rome)
* 3 Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and
* Tours, Airport & Ferry Transfers via Private Motor coach
* Daily Mass at St. James Church & Mother’s Village while in Medjugorje (with
Transportation to Mother’s Village)
* Visits to Tihaljina and Siroki Brijeg
* Visit to Cinacolo Community
* Local English Speaking Catholic Guides
* Meeting with Visionaries (pending availability)
* ALL Tips for your guide & driver
* Free Wifi in Medjugorje
* Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
* Flight bag & Travel document portfolio
Inclusive Price: $4,285 per person from McAllen, TX
(based on Double
Single Rooms available for an additional $450.)
$800 Deposit due with registration. Final Payments due April 30, 2019.
SAVE with Special Discount
per person if you register and Pay-in-Fullby November 1, 2018
For Information Contact:
(504) 834-4951 /
5500 Prytania St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
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