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MEDJUGORJE PEACE CONFERENCE, IRVINE CA, October 22, 23, 24

Locale: Bren Ctr at UC, Irvine, CA - their mascot, the anteater.
This year's theme reflects Mother Mary's concern ...
that "the family is in crisis." She says to put God first.
Pray the Rosary as a family.
Children who see their parents pray, learn to pray.
"Dear children, you cannot do this alone. That is why I am here
to help you...Do not forget that I am your Mother...
and I love you...I beg of you ...to live my messages...
and relate them to whomever you meet."
Friday evening: children's rosary, crowning, consecration...
and Mass with Fr. Timothy Deeter presiding.
Sat am:We meet medugorjeweb.com's warm & personable Steve Shawl.
These folks are just the nicest...
and they worked their patooties off. They were that busy!
Beautiful banner with artwork of Mother Mary by Adrian Mills.
With Mary Drozd, one of the hardworking organizers.
We ran into a fellow pilgrim, Gail, from our Anniversary trip.
Filling out petitions.
More wonderful people who shared their music and Mary's messages
The rosary, adoration, reconciliation, holy hour & benediction.
The music was uplifting.
Mother Mary: "This is the reason for my presence among you for
such a long time - to lead you to Jesus. I want to save you."
Fr. Brian Barr, a dynamic and passionate speaker.
Fr. Petar Ljubicic lead the Adoration.
Lunch break: Box lunches filled with healthy, wholesome food.
Yum!
A comfortable rock served as chair and picnic table.
A shady spot for this pair of urban pilgrims.
A full-on buffet potluck for this bunch of pilgrims.
Picnicking pilgrims.
A snack bar for those who came less than prepared.
The Way of the Cross for an after-lunch stroll.
The folks from Medjugorje Magazine.
We bumped into longtime friends, Wm & Alma.
Excellent shopping ...
lots of religious items -- rosaries, books, CDs, DVDs, & videos.
 
Sister Emmanuel was absolutely wonderful!
Michael O'Brien sang a song from his CD, Sounds of Medjugorje.
Fr. Petar:"For a Christian, there is only one attitude toward...
the future. It is hope of salvation."
We meet up with two dear pilgrims from our trip, Shawn & Nikki.
Three generations and a friend.
Our last glimpse of the beautiful Sister Emmanuel.


This depiction is based on an impression, derived from the description given of the apparition of Mother Mary, Queen of Peace, by visionary Ivan Dragicevic when she appeared to him at 10:30 pm on the night of Tuesday, May 12, 1998 on Apparition Hill (Podbrdo) in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

This artwork was used on the program's front cover and as banners for the processionals, courtesy of the artist, Adrian Mills (Address: Bihan Ker, Nansmellyon Road, Mullion, Cornwall, TR12 7EE, England. Tel: 011-44-1326-240-394)

We fell in love with this depiction of Mother Mary. We purchased it and I sit here writing this in front of the banner. You might say, she is covering my back, literally and figuratively.



Among the highlights of the conference was meeting Steve Shawl of medjugorge.org in person. He was all he was cracked up to be and more. Just as warm, gracious, and personable as his wife, Ana, who was our tour leader in June.

It was our first Medjugorje conference. Excellently organized and classy-all-the-way, I give it my highest recommendation. If you can't go to Medjugorje, this is the next best thing.

As soon as time permits, I will transcribe my notes from Sister Emmanuel's wonderful talk.


>> Medjugorje Peace Conference website


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