Medjugorje - St. James' Parish Church
The construction of the old parish church was completed in 1897, soon after the creation of the parish (1892). It was a spacious and beautiful construction for its time. Built on unstable ground, it soon started to develop fissures. Immediately after the end of the First World War, the parishioners began to think about building a new church. Construction lasted from 1934 until January 19, 1969, when it was consecrated.
Now we would like to provide an impressive list of Franciscan Monasteries in Bosnia - Herzegovina before 1463 i.e. monasteries that we know to have existed before the Turkish occupation of Bosnia in 1463.:
Central and western Bosnia:
Northern and north-eastern Bosnia:
Hum (today's Herzegovina):40. Mostar,
St. Anthony parish is the second oldest in the Banja Luka region. The residence was originally in the village Rakovac in 1889, and was named after the village. It was moved to its current place after the construction of the monastery in 1876.? Franciscan friars have assisted at the parish. Three more parishes were separated from this one on the part of the town and suburban settlements. The names of the parishes are: Maria Stella, Budžak and Motike.
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish church was built in 1890 and was renovated several times. It was radically refurbished for the last time after a terrible earthquake on 1969. It has three bells. The Franciscans assisted the parish till 1900, and Diocesan priests after that. The oldest Parish registers are aged exactly two and half centuries (from 1753). These Registers count baptisms, marriages and deaths (one volume for each) and they are a precious source of data. Parish Presnače was separated from Blessed Virgin Mary in 1971. This parish has produced many significant people during its history, including at least one bishop (fra Mato Benlić). But the most honorable its member is the honorable God’s servant Ivan Merz. He was born and grew up in this parish, and as we are expecting, will be the very first beatified man of the Catholic Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Parsih Presnače was separated from Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in 1971. Beside some town streets, those settlements were given to the parish: Bosanska Vrbanja, Čelinac, Debeljaci, Presnače and Rebrovac. The very beautiful church of St. Theresa of Jesus Child was made there in 1982, and three years later was proclaimed as a Diocesan shrine. Unfortunately, on May 12, 1995 the church was mined and totally destroyed, the parish house burned, and the parish priest Fr. Filip Lukenda and sr. Cecilija Grgić, after badly torturing, ended their lives like martyrs in the burning parish house, which they didn’t want to leave in such straits. Since that time, the parish house has been renewed, and the church has been just built again and the roof was set.
Instead it is located in southern part of Bosnia Herzegovina, which used to be a former republic of Yugoslavia. Medjugorje is not located in Yugoslavia nor Croatia, such even today some people still think. Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in Southern Europe and it's capital city is Sarajevo. Bosnia and Herzegovina is surrounded by Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Medjugorje is located between the city (20 km) of Mostar and coastside of Adriatic sea (part across the Peljesac Peninsula). It's in relative close location to Croatian coastal cities of Dubrovnik and Split.
Medjugorje is a small town in south Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located on Bakan peninsula, in the southeastern Europe.
Bosnia and Herzegovina borders with Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. It has an area of 51,129 square kilometers, and is almost landlocked except for the 26 kilometers of the Adriatic Sea coastline, around the country’s town Neum.
Official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina are Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian. The country’s capital is Sarajevo.
The parish was founded in late 1892 and is dedicated to St. James the Apostle, protector of pilgrims.
Medjugorje currently inhabits about 4300 residents.
I have tried with this FAQ to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Medjugorje. The answers are made to be short, simple and to the point. I did not want to make this page too lengthy. I hope that you find it useful. Please also realize that this page is not meant to be a catechesis on the Catholic faith. There is lots of information available which explains our rich Catholic Faith. Rather, these questions focus more directly on Medjugorje. Please also refer to our page "About Medjugorje".