1st day: We pray for the Visionaries
Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic was born on September 3, 1964 and is the oldest of the visionaries. She was 16 years old when the apparitions began. Our Lady has entrusted Vicka with nine secrets. She has told Vicka her entire life story, which Vicka has written in some notebooks and will publish when Our Lady gives her the permission to do so. Our Lady has given Vicka a specific prayer mission – to pray for the sick. On January 26, 2002, Vicka married Mario Mijatovic, they have two children, and live in a town a few miles away from Medjugorje. Vicka continues to receive daily apparitions.
Ivan Dragicevic was born on May 25, 1965 and was 16 years old when the apparitions began. Our Lady has entrusted Ivan with nine secrets. She also entrusted him with a specific prayer mission, to pray for priests, families and the youth of the world. Ivan married an American woman from Boston named Laureen. They have four children, and divide their time between Boston and Medjugorje. Ivan also continues to have daily apparitions.
Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti was born on April 1, 1965, and was 16 years old when the apparitions began. Every month, on the 25th, Our Lady gives a message for the world through Marija. The prayer mission that was entrusted to Marija is to pray for souls in purgatory. Marija is married to an Italian man named Paulo Lunetti, and they have four children. The family splits their time between Italy and Medjugorje. Thus far, Marija has been entrusted with nine secrets. She continues to receive daily apparitions of Our Lady as well.
Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo was born on March 18, 1965 and was 16 years old when the apparitions began. Unlike the rest of the visionaries, all of whom lived in Medjugorje full time, Mirjana lived in the capital city, Sarajevo, but came to Medjugorje to spend summer vacations with her relatives. Although she did not graduate, Mirjana is the only visionary to have attended college, having gone to the University of Sarajevo. Mirjana was the first visionary to stop having daily apparitions. On December 25, 1982, Our Lady entrusted Mirjana with the tenth secret, and, at that point, her daily apparitions ceased. On that date however, Our Lady told her she would appear to Mirjana every year on March 18, for the rest of her life. She also told her that, at some point later, she would appear to her again, for a specific purpose. Those apparitions began 5 years later, on August 2, 1987, when she gave Mirjana the mission to pray for unbelievers. Up until March 18, 2020, Mirjana saw Our Lady on the second day of every month, in addition to every March 18th. People generally assume Our Lady chose to appear to Mirjana on March 18 every year because that is her birthday, but Mirjana has said that it has nothing to do with her birthday, but that this date is significant for other reasons, which will be revealed at some point later. Mirjana is the first visionary to write a book, which is called “My Heart Will Triumph.” Mirjana married Marko Soldo; they have two children and live in Medjugorje.
Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez was born on July 21, 1966. She was 14 years old when the apparitions began, making her the youngest of the four female visionaries. Ivanka was the first of the six visionaries to see Our Lady. Ivanka’s mother died a month before the apparitions began, and during one of the early apparitions, Ivanka asked about her mother. Our Lady told Ivanka that her mother was in heaven, and then Ivanka’s mother was suddenly standing beside Our Lady. Ivanka was able to talk with her briefly. Over the years, Ivanka has been able to see her mother and speak with her five times. Ivanka continued to have daily apparitions until May 7, 1985, when Our Lady entrusted Ivanka with the tenth secret and then told her that she would no longer be appearing to her daily. She promised Ivanka that she would appear to her once a year, on June 25 (the anniversary of the Medjugorje apparitions) for the rest of her life. Her prayer mission is to pray for families. Ivanka was the first of the visionaries to get married. She lives with her husband Rajko Elez and their three children in Medjugorje.
Jakov Colo was born on March 6, 1971, and was ten years old when the apparitions began, making him the youngest of all the visionaries. Jakov’s father lived and worked far from the family, in Germany, and therefore Jakov was being raised primarily by his mother. His mother died two years after the apparitions began, however, basically leaving Jakov an orphan. On September 12, 1998, Jakov was traveling in the United States when Our Lady entrusted to him the tenth secret and told him his daily apparitions would come to an end. Our Lady also told Jakov she would appear to him every year on Christmas Day, for the rest of his life. Jakov struggled tremendously with this change. After his own mother died, the Blessed Mother became Jakov’s mother in the truest sense of the word, so this loss of the daily apparitions was very painful for him. The prayer mission that was entrusted to him is to pray for the sick. Jakov is married to an Italian woman named Annalisa, and they have 3 children. They live in Medjugorje.
1. Prayer to the Queen of Peace