About Michael Brown: Just about everybody on the Catholic Internet knows Michael H. Brown and his website www.SpiritDaily.com. It is the first stop for thousands of Catholics for links to what is happening in the Church around the world.
Michael Brown turned from being a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist to writing many books with Catholic themes. Please visit www.spiritdaily.com for more information.
A letter from Michael & Lisa Brown:
Friends in Christ,
Just a note to let you know we'll be going to Medjugorje May 29-June 6 and invite you to join us. It will be a smaller, more intimate group, with an absolutely top-notch and spiritual tour agency (206 Tours), and we are going to do not just the other things all pilgrims do (although we will do all of those, including attendance at an apparition), but also special prayers, as we offer a different sort of pilgrimage -- the standard sights and sounds (climbing the holy mountain, listening to seers, touring the major points in the village, with the best professional guide) but with an added dimension:
Praying together as a group up Apparition Hill for discernment of future events and response; deeply; praying together at the top of Mount Krizevac for enlightenment; praying outside the church for a special blessing from the heart; gathering as a group before the special statue at the right of the altar after discussing it and its power; gathering near the rectory window where early apparitions took place, etcetera -- some different features that won't take time out of the important normal aspects but will make it more spiritual and unique and special and personal. Family healing.
Michael Brown will speak several times on related issues. We also will have late-night trip to the exuding Corpus of Christ behind Saint James Church -- private time at a special hour.
This Pilgrimage is sure to be very spiritual and unique. We will: * Pray as a group on Apparition Hill for discernment of future events and response;
* Pray as a group at the top of Krizevac for enlightenment;
* Pray as a group outside the St James Church for a special blessing;
* Gather as a group before the statue at the right of the altar after discussing it and its power;
* Gather and pray near rectory window where early apparitions took place,
* Visit the Corpus at night
* Mike Brown will speak to group on some major issues.
About Medjugorje: On June 25, 1981, in the mountain village of Medjugorje in Herzegovina, Our Lady appeared to six children. She identified herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, and continues to appear to several of the visionaries. Her mission is to promote peace with God and mankind, through her Son, Jesus. Mary's own words to the children explained, "I have come to tell the world that God exists." 206 Tours has been arranging pilgrimages to Medjugorje since 1985. We have assisted over 250,000 people many claiming to be at such peace and to have experienced spirituality like they have never felt before. For those who have never been, if you hear the "calling" - please call us.
Your Trip Includes: † Round Trip Airfare (price is based out of New York, depart from your local airport) † All Airport Fuel Surcharges & Airport Taxes † Accommodation for 7 nights at a Pension/Inn in Medjugorje † Breakfast and dinner daily † Wine with dinners † Transfers as per itinerary † Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s) † Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary † Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction † Mass daily & Spiritual activities (English at 10:00am, and Croatian at 6:00pm) † Visit to Community Cenacolo † Meeting with visionaries (Pending availability) † Luggage handling (1 piece per person) †Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Day 1 - Depart USA Board your overnight transatlantic flights from your home town. Meals are served on board.
Day 2 - Arrive Medjugorje Early morning arrival in Europe where you will board your flights(s) to Dubrovnik, Split, or Sarajevo. Upon arrival you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. You will be escorted to the vehicle which will then take you on the 2 1/2 hour drive to the village of Medjugorje. Once there you will meet your fellow pilgrims and your spiritual leader. You will also be introduced to your host family in whose comfortable, yet modest inn you will be staying for the next seven nights. Enjoy a delicious dinner before retiring for the evening.
Days 3 to 8 - Medjugorje
Experience the beauty and peace of this simple village. During your stay in Medjugorje you will have the opportunity to share faith with pilgrims from all over the world. Our local guide will accompany us throughout your stay.
Here are some of the activities you'll be sharing with our fellow pilgrims: Each morning at 10am we assemble at St. James Church for the English-language Mass (Feast days and Sundays English Mass is at Noon). Follow the path up Apparition Hill where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. Touch and pray before the cross that commemorates the spot where Mary first appeared to the visionaries.
Each evening at 5pm or 6pm daylight savings time, we will join the villagers and pilgrims to pray the rosary. The apparition takes place at 5:40pm or 6:40 daylight savings time, and then stay on for Croatian Mass. Don't miss on Tuesdays and Saturdays Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and on Fridays Veneration of the Cross in the Church. Each evening during Croatian Mass, there is the Blessing of the Sick and blessing of the items you have with you.
Our guide will arrange meetings with the visionaries at their own homes provided that they are in Medjugorje during your trip, and pending their availability. We will have the opportunity to climb Krizevac Mountain, where in 1933 the villagers built a 30' high cross on the anniversary of Jesus' crucifixion. Visit and pray at "Blue Cross", which is a place of great healings and graces- a very special place at the base of Apparition Hill. We will also visit the community of Cenacolo.
Day 9 - Medjugorje - USA
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, we leave by motor coach for Dubrovnik Airport (Split or Sarajevo) for return flights home.