Pilgrimages, Retreats and Resources
“I don’t think any of us understand the magnitude of what is going on here: How God’s whole plan of salvation is culminating in Divine Mercy and Medjugorje. How everything has led up to this point, this point in human history.”
-Father Chris Alar, MIC
“I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to God”.
-Our Lady, Queen of Peace
Mary's Tirelessly Asks Us to Respond to her Call
By any and all ways, Mary tearfully asked me to help her priest-sons respond to her call – to help them come to the fountain of grace, which is Medjugorje.
Many pilgrimage companies make it their practice to bring one priest free of charge on each of their pilgrimages – asking them in exchange – to be spiritual guides to their pilgrimage group. So, cheerfully I will strive to connect priests to pilgrimage groups. But, through prayer and discernment, I received a distinct call for our main goal to be to set up free pilgrimage retreats for priests to be led by priests. In answer, Mary’s connected me with strong Marian priests who have a great love for Medjugorje and who are open to leading priest pilgrimages.
None of these pilgrimages are set in stone yet with the uncertainty surrounding our world and with the covid restrictions – but here are some possibilities Mary has in the works for pilgrimages :
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Why go to Medjugorje?
"This place [Medjugorje] is wide open with God's Divine Mercy. And you see the peace. And the peace that you see is the Blessed Mother's presence... She is present... Please come here. This is where you’ll experience the two most critical pieces of the culmination of salvation history. Again, I don’t think we have any idea, at all, the time we are living in and the importance of what is happening and what God and Mary are doing right here.” Father Chris Alar, MIC
“Here in Medjugorje, we are at the Wedding Feast of Cana and Our Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace, is saying: “Son, they have no wine”. And He gives us Medjugorje and he gives us the geyser of mercy that bursts forth out of Medjugorje where conversions take place and peace issues forth.” Brother Jason Lewis, MIC
Countless people testify to the graces that flow in Medjugorje – many calling it the place where heaven meets earth. A place where a river of grace flows and the tree of life bears fruit each month (in the monthly messages of Our Lady) as the one described in Revelation 22:
“the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of its street. On either side of the river grew the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.”
Sister Briege McKenna, an Irish nun with a worldwide healing ministry for priests gave a prophesy of Medjugorje about a month before the reported apparitions began (while in Rome as a part of the worldwide Charismatic conference that John Paul II had held). When asked to pray about this area of the world, she saw:
“a white church with two steeples … with the body of the church packed with young people. And from behind [the priest] on the altar there were streams of water, like rivers flowing, and the young people were cupping it and drinking it, and after they would drink it they would go out and bring others in.”
Bishop Hnilica says further: “No one can deny, even if some try, that the spiritual Movement of the Queen of Peace is a living part of the Church, born of a spirit of prayer, not of human initiative. This river of light, life, peace and love for the Mother of God has generated prayer groups everywhere, inspired conversions, and continues to heal and comfort the hearts of all Christians who have found in the simplicity of the message of the Queen of Peace an authentic direction to rediscover the Gospel and return to the heart of the Church…
Unfortunately, since the message of Medjugorje, just like Fatima’s, speaks of peace and conversion, the path of the Church is not an easy one, sharing the same fate of the prophets: many conversions but also much persecution…”
In 1987 Marija, the visionary, was asked this question by a French theologian: “Why do I have to come to Medjugorje as Our Lady is everywhere where we pray to Her?”
Marija’s answer was simple:
“In Medjugorje Our Lady gives SPECIAL GRACES.”
Medjugorje is known as the Fortress against Satan
Medjugorje has been spoken of as “the heel of Mary.” This imagery reminds us of the great prophecy God spoke regarding the woman who would crush the head of Satan. Saying to Adam and Eve in the garden:
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Gen 3:15).
Fr. Gabriel Amorth was the Chief Exorcist of Rome for 20 years before his death, casting out demons in the often unseen battle of Good vs. Evil. His experience at combating the father of lies, makes his understanding of Medjugorje as “a great fortress against Satan” particularly compelling. I believe we must carefully reflect on Father’s words. And perhaps consider more deeply the reports of grace God has given for over more than 39 years! Father says further:
“In the Old Testament God sent prophets to warn of the betrayals of the Jewish people. Now, here, to warn of the betrayal of the Christian people, also the priests, God sends us His Mother! It has been 30 years! Is it possible that people still do not hear? And as for those people who believe themselves to be intelligent by saying they wait until the Church approves? They are fools!”
In an interview with Radio Maria, Fr. Amorth was speaking in light of a reported message of Our Lady given on August 25, 2011, saying:
“How bitter, how bitter was the last message of Our Lady of Medjugorje, on August 25, [in which she said]:
‘Many have responded, but there is an enormous number of those who do not want to hear or accept my call.’
Now look here; it is very sour, this balance. After more than thirty years! More than thirty years! Now if it is the pagans who don’t listen to Our Lady’s words, then that I can understand. But be you a Christian, it is not forgivable. Be you a Christian! Even priests and bishops don’t even want to hear about it. It is not that they went there and then made their decision fairly after seeing things for themselves, no! They don’t even want to hear it being spoken about!”
Father shared further in his writings, that the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje and the apparitions are “a massive work of catechesis”, which directs us, every day, to the ways to win the battle against evil. He said:
“God has given us Mary as the last chance to save humanity.”
“Jesus tells us how to judge whether something is good or evil. He tells us: A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. (Luke 6:43)”
Regarding the fruits, Father Amorth proclaims:
“The Gospel is so clear, it tells us how to discern! By the fruits you will know the tree! It has been 30 years … [and] Medjugorje has given us fruits that are ultimately exquisite! Confession, conversion, vocations, graces of every kind! For more than 30 years!”
Read more here, which includes links to dozens of extraordinary miracles:
“To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of oneself in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendor and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe.”
– Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
The Vatican Declares Medjugorje
A Place of Official Pilgrimage
The Holy Father sent Archbishop Henryk Hoser to study the spirituality of Medjugorje for several months in 2017 as his official Papal Envoy. In 2018, the Holy Father sent the Archbishop back to live indefinitely in Medjugorje as the official Papal Visitor of the Holy Father, and as a symbol of the Pope’s presence – as of July 2018 – the papal flag has been flying in Medjugorje outside St. James Church.
Medjugorje— May 13, 2019
Pope Francis has authorized officially organized pilgrimages to Medjugorje.
This was announced during Mass on May 12, by Archbishop Henryk Hoser, in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Luigi Pezzuto. The apparitions have been taking place daily since June 1981 when the Virgin Mary, who calls herself the Queen of Peace, allegedly began appearing to six children. Three of visionaries still claim see the Mary every day: Marija who lives in Monza, Italy; Vicka who lives close to Medjugorje; and Ivan who lives in the United States and Medjugorje. (https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-05/medjugorje-the-marian-faith-and-the-decision-of-the-pastor.html)
Here are some statements the Archbishop has given:
“Archbishop Henryk Hoser determined, after months of observing [Medjugorje] first-hand, [that its] message “can be put at the same level as that delivered in the French city of Lourdes and the Portuguese city of Fatima” (according to a report in Crux Now.) [Even calling Medjugorje] “the spiritual lungs of Europe.”
One must take this all in: Medjugorje has not just a pastor overseeing it, not just a shrine rector, but now its own archbishop, which may be without precedent in major apparitions…
“With regard to the international phenomenology, they are very similar,” Archbishop Hoser said: “These are certainly the three greatest pilgrimage sites. The power of grace that is felt here, the power of God’s words here proclaimed, make us witness to many radical transformations that are happening here. Medjugorje has become the confessional of the world.” There is a difference between Archbishop Hoser and many skeptics: he actually went there.” spiritdailyblog.com/news/a-new-trend-in-apparitions
Archbishop Hoser further attests:
- “Devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret.”
- Medjugorje is a “phenomenon”, a “movement [that] will not stop and should not be stopped”, saying it is “one of the most living places of prayer and conversion in Europe – with a healthy spirituality. ”
- “…All indications are that the revelations will be recognized… Specifically, I think it is possible to recognize the authenticity of the first apparitions as proposed by the cardinal commission. Ruini. Besides, it is difficult to get another verdict, because it is difficult to believe that six seers will lie for 36 years. What they say is consistent. There are no people haunted or mentally disturbed. The powerful argument for the authenticity of the apparitions is Faithfulness to the doctrine of the Church. If the revelations, and at least the first seven, will be recognized, this will be a tremendous stimulus for Medjugorje.”
- “Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages.”
“[A diocesan trip to Medjugorje would be] a pilgrimage of spiritual transformation, conversion and consolidation of faith – because all these elements are realized there.”
- “There is a massive number of confessions. They have about 50 confessionals, which are not enough. These are very deep confessions.”
To read more, see:
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1. In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart -
The Journal of a Priest at Prayer
"Your place will be that of St. John, my beloved disciple and cherished adoptive son of Mary. Trust. Remain close... Obey... I will do wonders of mercy in your soul and the souls touched by your priesthood." March 30, 2008
” In Sinu Jesu is a beautiful and powerful work saturated with the kind of contagious love and holiness that can only come from reclining–like His beloved disciple–upon Christ’s breast, hearing Him whisper words of consolation and encouragement for us all. Its pages breathe a Johannine spirituality that welcomes also the Blessed Mother into our homes and hearts, drawing us toward more intimate, joyous union with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
— KEVIN VOST, Psy.D., author of The Porch and the Cross
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, calls this book, “Anointed!”, Exorcist Fr. Gary Thomas, subject of the movie, “The Rite,” says, “OF MEN AND MARY is superb.
The six life testimonies contained within it are miraculous, heroic, and truly inspiring.” Certain books as this come along that have the power “to transform lives, to free people from darkness,” claims Br. Daniel Maria Klimek, T.O.R. “I plan to share this tremendous work with many through the years.”
Wisdom of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Mary has chosen Archbishop Fulton Sheen as an intercessor for this ministry and as an example and hope of what the priesthood can be when we place ourselves completely in the Hands of God through the heart of His Mother. He is arguably the most persuasive and effective American Catholic evangelist who ever lived. For decades 30 million people watched or listened to him weekly and he would regularly receive letters from tens of thousands of people each week. He always attributed the effectiveness of his preaching to his daily holy hour of prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, where he would write every sermon and every teaching he ever gave.
He also often shared his love of Mary – having consecrated himself and his priesthood to her early in his life. Although the apparitions of Medjugorje hadn’t yet taken place in his lifetime, his life exemplifies Mary’s messages and her desire for a strong and holy priesthood. He also loved Marian pilgrimages – about which he often shared incredible and miraculous graces that occurred during his 40 pilgrimages to Lourdes and his two pilgrimages to Fatima.
He said he could think of no greater way to spend the last years of his life than by giving retreats to priests – trying to instill in them deep holiness through total consecration to God through Mary and the daily practice of a holy hour.
He encouraged his fellow priests to never, ever miss their daily holy hour – saying it was the source of all grace and effectiveness in priesthood. The Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote a wonderful chapter in his autobiography, entitled The Hour that Made My Day that has inspired many, including a priest who wrote that it was the most influential chapter he ever read in his life. See below to read it in full:
Free First Mass Card of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
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Upcoming Pilgrimages and Retreats:
While our main goal is to bring priests to experience the presence of Mary and the abundance of grace that is pouring out in Medjugorje (and we have several pilgrimages formed and planned), currently it isn’t physically possible to go to Medjugorje at this time.
So, in this time of grace, Mary still inspires us to help bring Medjugorje to our priests through Medjugorje retreats or conferences, and through retreats that are dear to Mary’s heart, which she has already inspired to be a part of this Apostolate, such as: In Sinu Jesu, Total Consecration, and Unbound Retreats, which lead to the healing of the whole person through being drawn in the Heart of the Father.
Please let us know if you’d like to go to any of these retreats or if you have another one in mind through this sign up form below, or you can email Janet Moore directly at
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Mary, as a mother, longs to bring all her children to deep healing of mind, body and spirit by being drawn into the heart of the Father – through receiving His forgiveness and mercy and an ever greater understanding of the greatness of our dignity and destiny in His plan.
The Unbound Ministry is an invaluable tool for achieving this deep inner healing and sharing it with those whom God has entrusted to our care.