Different services and Institutions linked to the shrine
- Domus Pacis (House of Peace)
- Mother's Village
- St. Francis' Garden
- Information Booth
- Souvenir Shop
- First Aid Station
Jesus, Mary and Joseph went on a pilgrimage three times a year, in order to celebrate the Living God of Israel. It was a major event for the people and a very important "mitzvah" (commandment) for the Jews. From Nazareth, they had to walk about 100 miles in order to reach Jerusalem. They had to leave their daily habits, their schedule for prayer, work, relationships, and be kind of "uprooted" for a while. They never knew exactly what was in store for them on the way, but with joy they faced discomfort and tiredness. They were carried ahead by a wonderful goal: to pray in the Temple, "be seen" by God and fulfill His call! Each pilgrimage allowed them to reach a new height in their spiritual life.
In the name of all the priests serving this parish, I wish you a sincere welcome in the parish of Medjugorje. I thank you from the heart for your desire and your availability to visit this place of grace and of prayer. May God the Almighty, through the intercession of our Heavenly Mother, the Queen of Peace, reward all the efforts and pains, which you take while coming here. May through you and your sacerdotal service, that God be glorified in this place, where means of salvation are offered in greater abundance to the faithful from the whole world. I am convinced that your arrival here and your stay in this high-place of prayer will be a true spiritual cooling. I am convinced that, here, more strongly than elsewhere, you will feel at which point the faithful of our modern times need the priest – the dispenser of the mysteries of God.