Ivan is the older of the two boys who see Our Lady and was born on May 25th, 1965 in Bijakovici. His prayer mission given by Our Lady is to pray for priests, families, and the youth of the world. Although Ivan and Mirjana share the same last name, they are not related.
Our Lady has appeared to him every day since June 24, 1981. Our Lady has confided nine secrets to Ivan. He is now married and resides half the year in the parish of Medjugorje, and half the year in Boston, MA. Ivan and his wife Laureen have four children.
Ivan: “The apparitions made a big difference in my life – the difference between heaven and earth. For example, I arrange my day now so that even during the day I find time to pray. Before, my life had no meaning. Now, I’m filled with inner contentment. The first time I saw Our Lady, a change occurred in my soul, and in my heart. Before, I often avoided prayer, but now the difference is so great, I really can’t describe it. I’m confident and not afraid, because I know who leads me, and therefore, I’m not afraid of death. People in our parish, and all people, should feel that way.”
JMJ Pilgrims has led over 95 powerful, life-impacting JMJ Pilgrimages to Medjugorje. Bob and Arlyss will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our pilgrimages to Medjugorje, a tremendous, but little-known corner of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for what is sure to be a profound spiritual experience - one that you will undoubtedly remember for a lifetime. Find out more about Pilgrimage Activities, the Medjugorje Experience, or the History of JMJ Pilgrims.