Carolanne CONVERSION STORY
Today I had a very interesting lunchtime. I often take my rosary and walk and pray. I do not hide my rosary but let it swing at my side as I walk. Other people are walking too and I am amazed at how much people notice that I am praying. I do not try to make it obvious I just do not hide it.
James CONVERSION STORY
Sweet Fruit of Medjugorje
"He Was Lost and Has Been Found"
by Rev. James A. Wiley
How does one put into words the immeasurable love, mercy, orgiveness of our Heavenly Father toward His prodigal children? We can never probe the depths in this life. My purpose in writing this article is to show how His love, mercy, and forgiveness led me back to the Church and to the priesthood.
The earliest mention of a Catholic bishopric in Bosnia dates from 1089 (i.e. from the 11th century). It was called Bosnian Bishopric, and its center was in Vrhbosna (today's Sarajevo).
Located in the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), former Yugoslavia,
Medjugorje is nestled between two hills, Krizevac and Podbrdo. It is home to the parish of St. James which serves the villages of Medjugorje ( Međugorje ), Sivrici ( Sivrići ), Bijakovici ( Bijakovići ), Vionica, Miletina and Surmanci ( Šurmanci ). The name “Medjugorje” in Croatian means “between the mountains”. Until the early 1990s, most families survived by raising livestock, growing tobacco and cultivating grapes for wine.
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".