Editors Note: As ranked by Google Search, 206 Catholic Tours is the dominant provider of Catholic Pilgrimages in the world. We found the origins of the name “206 tours” interesting and so we are passing along Milanka Lachman’s Facebook post celebrating her company’s birthday.
By Milanka Lachman – 206 Tours Founder
October 1, 1985 – the day I started 206 Tours!
What was I thinking? 32 years ago, a single mother, in my twenties, with no money or support, I dared to venture pilgrimages like no one has ever done before! I knew only two things about pilgrimages, one, pilgrimage changed my life, and, two, St. Luke said that Joseph and Mary made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem every Passover. That was enough for this stubborn lady. Done.
When people asked: “What do you do?” I said: “What ever it takes!”
I do what ever it takes to bring people closer to God, and, I do what ever it takes not to disappoint my family, employees and clients.
When people ask me: “Why name company “206” ? “I say “That is why! I want you to ask me, so that I can tell you about my first pilgrimage and my story…at 20 minutes to 6PM in Medjugorje…“. (note: 20 minutes to 6pm or 6:40 pm in Medjugorje is known as the time the apparitions of the Queen of Peace begin.)
Just like any venture, there are plenty of challenges, obstacles, crazy hard work, but, I’ll take it all knowing with certainty Pilgrimage fruits, miracles and life transformations.
Thank you God, for letting me do Your will and for letting us all be Your instruments.
Thank you to all who have responded to the call and for trusting me with physical preparations of your pilgrimage journey.
Thank you to all selfless priests, without them and Mass daily -there is no pilgrimage.
Thank you to my diligent staff, and all amazing suppliers.
All of us together make His most beautiful tapestry. A tapestry which is made by sweat, while weaving together different threads, textures, colors, and images with incredible fine detail. If you stand too close to the art, you may not see it clearly, so I say: “Move further to see clearer! ” So is life.
Sometimes we must move further to see clearer. With Gods help Pilgrimage does just that. We step aside from our every day life in order to reflect on what really matters and to gain a clearer perspective. Otherwise, life can get messy, opaque and as knotty as the back of the tapestry.
May God bless and reward you for all the support and for the efforts you undertake.
The Bible is God’s love letter to us, and Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
The best is yet to come for 206 Tours and pilgrims.
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