|Our buddy, Tom Lamey (brother of Father Dennis) has returned from Medjugorje where he attended the “Pilgrim group Leader Conference”.
Tom and Joseph have gotten together for some wonderful adventures!
Tom has sent us some great pictures and we share them with you.
|An afternoon at Columbos’;
Ivan & Marina and kids; Andreja and Kata are all invited by Joseph and Tom.
|This morning Joseph is asked if he would have room for two volunteers to travel ‘along next time he goes out to visit the poor people.
“Yes, we start at noon”.
The meet is to be at the Oasis of Peace.
|The “volunteers” are two of the nuns from the Oasis of Peace; first stop will be at the Robot Grocery store; that’s always a fun experience.
Sima (Joseph’s translator) explains the routine.
|This ‘out-reach is part of the “Year of Mercy” program at the Oasis of Peace.
Sister Clare Marie (France) and Sister Marie (Switzerland) are all set for the adventure!
Second stop turns out to be the Romani camp at Stolac.
|Malena and Tom look over the gifties!|
|Fadilija and Sister are old friends already!|
|Love is spreading through out the camp!|
|The floodgates are opened!|
|Joseph has made arrangements with the Robot store to have most of the purchased food delivered right to the camp.|
|Everyone helps to unload.|
|The newest member in the camp, Robert, is brought out to be admired.|
|Robert looks so very squeezable!|
|Amela is growning!|
|Fadilija wants Sister to meet her husband; Kemo.
Kemo, Sister and Fadilija
|Malena showes us how Dean has grown.|
|Joseph with Gabrijela and Sabohiden|
|Sister chats with Gabrijela.|
|Amela waits her turn.|
Time to say good bye.
|We hear that Safet and Pasionka’s youngest child needs cancer treatment in Mostar.
Later we find this is not the case; everyone is relieved.
Funds are needed to license the car.
|Mirosad is one of the two families returning from other parts of Europe.|
|Pasionka is doing the clothes washing; she is a quiet lady.|
|Our family of six do find it a bit cramped/|
|Sister would like to visit the house; a good visit.|
|Allison has delivered the letter we sent to the kids and the kids have sent us their best drawings back with Allison for we two and Joseph.
This one is from Gabrijela.
|Eggs! Marina’s eggs! We loved them! They were so very tasty.
Marina writes us a note that she sees the help that is poured out for many including her family.
That family wants to help also so they have been putting aside the eggs. Now their wish is to give these to the poor and hungry!
|Funds have been forwarded to Ivan and Marina to buy specific foods for specific families; the pictures will tell the story.|
|Delivery time. The Romani families who lived in Domanovici have been told they can no longer live there on the old mental hospital grounds.
A European country has made a donation for homes to be built. That has been done.
|Ivan and Marina have the directions; just take that dirt road as far as you can; it’s right there.|
|Half way there! 7 more miles to go!|
|There they are! The homes look fresh and clean and livable!
Who wouldn’t be happy here?
|Smiles and laughter and good cheer is expected!|
|Smoked lamb halves have been brought; ‘life can be beautiful!|
|It takes a little more coaxing.|
|Looks like no more school for these school loving kids!
14 miles to school is too far to walk; too expensive to drive; the kids would have split times to attend school and may not be accepted anyway.
|They do give thanks for having the ‘roof over their heads.
Promises of a water line has vaporized; a cistern was provided; that requires rainfall and the flushing out of a full cistern 3 or 4 times before daring to drink the water. WHO KNEW? Everyone was sick for a while.
No one has funds to pay for electricity.
|Marijano brings his bride home.|
|Joseph is helping furnish the home.|
|Ivan and Marina head for the Stolac Romani camp and to portion out their foods.|
|Smoked lamb halves are to be delivered to the two recently arrived families who missed out when those were delivered to the other families in residence.
Fruit and potatoes and onions and greens are brought for everyone!
|The two male recipients are waving their lamb gift.|
|The two lamb halves are raised joyously!|
|Zorica holds up Robert so that all can admire!|
|Pasionka and two of the 4 children:
all of the family are still so shy.
|Ivan and Marina are preparing the potatoes so as to sprout, to be sectioned and then to be planted.|
|Sister Irene from the Oasis of Peace looks over some meat and veggies that Ivan has brought to them.|
|FR. MAXIMILLIAN is the priest at the Oasis of Peace; he helps in presiding at the English Medjugorje Mass when needed.|
|Ivan has constructed housing for the new goats; both of the purchased goats were already pregnant and now have come through!
That means that 4 baby goats are now in the mix!
|Two of the baby goats explore the ins and outs of their new pad.|
|Mama goat shows the kids the reason the roof was put on!|
|It will be fun to prance arund and wake everyone up!|
|Time will tell whether the fence is tall enough.|
|All of us are born to investigate.|
|It is good to see that Marina has taken to laying down of plastic sheeting to hold down the weeds.|
|Meanwhile one of the baby goats has already figured out that it might be good to the last drop.|
|That last drop can taste so much better than all the rest.|
|The new home is so enjoyable!|
|Suzanne, Bob, Mary and Katie get together at a fish restarant in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Suzanne and Katie are sisters; Suzanne is from Wisconsin; we met her almost 10 years ago in Medjugorje!
|We love to call this family “Joseph’s family”; Joseph has been interacting with this needy family before we knew Medjugorje.
The youngest is named Joseph to honor our Joseph.
|Mama has finally landed a job (thanks to their local parish priest) cleaning the local offices of the police.
Sadly mama has been working for months and months without getting paid.
|This is such a good picture of Joseph; we need to include it.
|FR. BILL MAGUIRE is a Passionist priest out of the New England area. Father has received approval to go to and spend some months in Medjugorje. We hope that he will be helping Father Leon especially when it comes to hearing the confessions of the English Pilgrims|
A sensory room is a special room designed to develop people’s sense, usually through special lighting, music, and objects. It can be used as a therapy for children with limited communication skills.
Sensory rooms began as comforting and/or stimulating spaces for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities but, happily, are becoming increasingly popular for other patients needing a gentle, calming environment. And now that seclusion rooms are, fortunately, being phased out of most wards, sensory rooms are a much more humane and soothing alternative.
Some are called de-escalation rooms, or the more mainstream chill-out or quiet room. Other nice terms include Zen room, Chillville, serenity room and comfort room, all of which reinforce the benefits of this calming space. Furniture and design features which support a tailored, healing sensory experience include beanbag or rocking chairs, gentle and natural lighting with perhaps mesmerising fibre-optic features, lava lamps, multi-media centre which can be controlled by the patient or staff, comfy blankets.
All very lovely. Unlike seclusion rooms.
|Ivan welcomes a visit from pilgrim friend, John, and his son, Blaise. We think this is the first Medjugorje visit for Blaise.|
|Our friend, Martina, in Medjugorje has completed her time in our dental program!
Now that she has graduated from high school we look forward to her next adventure!
|Teresa & Janja tell Sima “thank you” to all the pilgrims for the help they gave them.|
|Our Canadian friend and Linda
Remembering Linda (on the right); Linda has passed on.
|Joseph, Gloria and Sandra at church finding seats in the front pew!|
|Alexandra, Sandra, Joe and Gloria enjoying lunch together.|
|Sister Muriel and Mary Walsh with a pilgrim during a rare lunch out with Sister and Mary.|
|Ivan’s goat herd has already doubled!|
|Tin, Joseph and Zenofy get together for a chat about the Sv. Toma apartment building.|
|Dijena is demonstrating the art of preparing something like cheese blinzes to Allison.|
|Sandy gets in on the action with Allison and Dijena.|
|Blazenko can be so very very active but so helpful to mother, Dijena.
One year of schooling – done!
|Bernard Ellis has passed on; Bernard was a devotee of Medjugorje early on and helped where ever he could with caravans of supplies during the recent war.
Living in Britain he developed living units in Medjugorje for pilgrims from there and from Italy and from the USA. Bernard had many friends among the pilgrims as well as the Medjugorje locals.
|We noted on Marys TV web site that Christine and Josip are having their wedding at St. James Church!|
|Christine is the producer of one of our favorite DVDs, MY SWEET ANGELS. Josip is the son of Rose and Franjo and has been working as the camera man for MARYS TV web site.|
|St. James church was packed.|
|The couple will be living in the USA.|
|On July 3, 2016 there is a new rumor circulating around Medjugorje. The newspaper, Vatican Insider, reports that the Vatican will be sending a representative to Medjugorje to assume control. Looks as though Medjugorje might be designated as a shrine.|