From 10 to 15 October 2001, despite Father Sergio feeling very weak, he accompanied the first pilgrimage organized by the Marian Community for the Youth Mission to Medjugorje .
For Fr Sergio it was a very tiring pilgrimage, marked by interior “whys” and by a continuous offering to Mary for all her intentions for the Marian community.
On Friday 12, having to choose between visiting visionary Vicka or Fr. Jozo, we went to see Fr. Jozo.
On Saturday the visionaries do not receive pilgrims to devote themselves to prayer, so Fr. Serigio and the pilgrims were left with a certain regret for not being able to meet any of the six visionaries.
Saturday, October 13, morning, they were making the climb of Mount Krizevac.
Father Segio then told the following story about his experiance with Vicka:
“At the 12th station, with my eyes closed, I was saying to those present: “We thank Jesus that he died for us; We thank him for having given us his mother ”, when at my side I hear“ Hello Father”.
I open my eyes and see the visionary Vicka who greets me by hugging and kissing me.
I say with wonder: “Vicka!” and she replies “Vicka also prays, not only speaks”.
At which I say to her: “Vicka can you tell us something?” and she said: “Our Lady asks us to pray in a particular way for young people and families, who are going through such a delicate and difficult moment; all free time is devoted to material things and the devil takes advantage of it.
Our Lady also asks to pray for her intentions, for the realization of her project”. At which we told her: “We come from Cross Mountain and we are starting a community for young families”.
She replied: “Tonight, at the apparition of Our Lady, I will present you to her with all your intentions and with all your families”.
After these words she greeted us quickly and then disappeared among the vegetation. We stood there looking at each other amazed by that sudden apparition, with eyes full of tears and hearts swollen with emotion.”
Father Sergio then began to cry and cried all the way to the top of Mount Krizevac. That “apparition” of Vicka for him was Mary’s answer to the “whys” he had inside and a confirmation that Mary accompanied us on his journey even in the midst of the difficulties he was experiencing at that moment.
The pilgrims have never forgotten that moment and even afterwards it has always been a source of so much strength and courage for them.
“This is why we want to attach here the photo of that moment that is truly special for us.”