The Caritas Community Quietly Celebrates Our Lady’s 30th Anniversary

The Caritas Community Quietly Celebrates Our Lady’s 30th Anniversary


There is always a difference felt in the community in Alabama when community members are in Medjugorje. The power of the prayers being said from Medjugorje for the community brings new strength, joy and deeper prayer to those in the community who remain in Alabama at Caritas to look after the mission. This is especially felt during the days of the anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition in June. Knowing that our founder, his family and several other community members are before Our Lady in the apparitions each day in Medjugorje adds greater depth to the prayer of the whole community. It also brings joy to have a window, through our community members in Medjugorje, into what is taking place within the village of Medjugorje as these days pass.



Those of the community that were not in Medjugorje planned their own celebration of Our Lady’s 30th Anniversary on June 24 & 25. It was an intimate gathering of community with some friends and supporters, some of whom drove long distances to be here to honor and thank Our Lady for these 30 years of apparitions. On Friday, June 24th, a rain storm suddenly came in the afternoon, with heavy winds and hail, threatening to disrupt the plans to hold an evening vigil in the Field of Apparitions to usher in Our Lady’s anniversary. But when we gathered together that evening, the sky was clearing and the fading sun began making an appearance behind the clouds. We spent the evening sharing stories and remembrances of our experiences with Our Lady over these past 30 years, singing prayers between the stories, and then finally playing soft inspirational music after darkness had fallen. Our Lady’s statue was lit up by 1,600 candles from people all over the world representing their intentions to Our Lady. The stars came out as the last rain clouds drifted away and for some, that night in the Field was too lovely a scene to leave, too much peace surrounding this little piece of earth that Our Lady has sanctified so many times in past apparitions to Marija, that they decided to spend the night with Our Lady. Little community children, already sleeping, were tucked into warm blankets while their dads and moms held a silent prayer vigil of their own beside them. Some of the young girls of the community could be heard whispering and laughing while they watched a small field mouse running around within the maze of the candles, every once in awhile poking its face outward making its presence known to anyone watching. Our young girls then settled down with their Bibles reading by candlelight, eventually falling asleep with their Rosaries in their hands. From time to time, a single solitary person would come to kneel before Our Lady’s statue bringing their hearts to Our Lady, half way in the light, and half in shadows. The music faded away to silence, except for the sound of the crickets and an occasional bellowing of a cow in the distance. The peace and the joy in our hearts were exceptional that night. It will make our book of remembrances for future anniversaries of Our Lady when we stop and celebrate Her presence in our lives. It will be a comfort to us remembering this night when Her apparitions have ended and we know She no longer is appearing. Her words given during these anniversary days will also be a comfort.

June 24, 2011

“…Thank you, dear children, also today, for having accepted me again and having accepted my messages, for living my messages.”

June 25, 2011

“…Give thanks with me to the Most High for my presence with you. My heart is joyful watching the love and joy in the living of my messages…”

Remembering You All in our Prayers during these Special Anniversary Days,
The Community of Caritas

Our Lady's statue in the Field of Apparitions

The sky slowly transformed from threatening dark rain clouds… to brilliant colors of the sunset…and finally to a crystal clear star-strewn night sky during the vigil of Our Lady’s 30th Anniversary of Her apparitions on June 24, 2011, in the Field of Apparitions at Caritas.

Community of Caritas prays before Our Lady's statue in the Field of Apparitions

Caritas community members look up to see a rainbow that has just appeared while praying the Rosary the evening of June 24, 2011. A perfect touch to an already beautiful night with Our Lady.

Sunset in the Field of Apparitions at Caritas

With the rainbow in front of us, the sky behind us was breathtakingly beautiful, casting a gold light on everyone in the Field.

Our Lady's statue in the Field of Apparitions

A soft mist slowly began to cover the Field as the evening ended in silent prayer. It surrounded us and created the feeling of being in a cocoon of peace with Our Lady, the light surrounding Her overpowering the darkness.

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15 thoughts on “The Caritas Community Quietly Celebrates Our Lady’s 30th Anniversary”

  1. Oh my Schumer is a criminal. These thugs are their thugs who they pay to do their dirty work . The Democrats will destroy America 

  2. I cant express my feelings. It is beyond words.so beautifull. You are the most fortunate people in whole world. Please pray for me as i am unable to find money yet. May god Bless you all!

  3. I was blessed to visit Caritas on March 18th through the 21st of this year during Marijas’s visit. Thank you Caritas for your dedication to Our Blessed Mother. Looking at the sunset clouds I certainly see Jesus’s face on the right half of the picture. I so love Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary. May the Lord continue to bless your work Caritas.

  4. I brought my son ,Benjamin to experience another way of living with putting God first and letting the day unfold in an natural rhythm that has the fingerprints of Mary and Jesus all over it. Some lessons are so simple we make them complicated. I know that the impact of this weekend will last a lifetime. God Speed to Caritas and the sweet, intelligent, families. Thank you for including my family into yours. In the Love Of Two Hearts. Wendy.

  5. Thank you Caritas Community for the most lovely pictures and writings! As I gaze upon them, I am reminded of the most tender night I spent in the field, after the appparition on March 22nd, 2011. My heart longed to be there again as I was uniting my prayers with all of you. I am thrilled to tell you that my six family members are heading over to Medjugorje in March of 2012!!!! Our Lady has called us there and we say YES to anything she asks of us, as we continue to live her messages with you

  6. I just showed my 18 year old daughter the wonderful peace-filled pictures and asked her if it made homesick for Caritas and she said YES! We as a family have been there 3 or 4 times and it just feels like home to us. We see the beautiful Field, the statue of Our Lady with the candles and all we can think of is Her, You all, and Heaven. Thank you for this. Katie and Pat

  7. maravilhoso tudo isso. Cada dia que passa estou mais convencido de que Nossa Senhora, o melhor caminho para chegarmos, Jesus Cristo. Imitemos.

  8. I know this may sound strange to you, but reading about that small field mouse near the candles was a little sign to me from God that He and the Blessed Mother heard my prayers!!! Thank you for including what may have seemed an insignificant detail. It had a purpose and God really does speak through nature.

  9. Thank you for your loving sharing. As I read it slowly thru, I could tell I have been spiritually taken there in the midst of all the community. Our Mother’s blessing have come all the way to the other side of the world to Taiwan, as in here this tiny little island, I can feel the very peace presenting right in my heart. Thank you for praying with us every day and night, and thank you for keeping us in your prayer. I would do the same, to hold you also in my heart and prayer

  10. Amor Tenerowicz

    As I been thinking of the anniversary, I somehow was imagining how Caritas Community in Alabama celebrating this day. As much as I would want to be with the community for this event, I guess I was with you in spirit. I am very grateful to our Heavenly Father for this opportunity that Our Lady is with us for past 30 year and on. In union with the community I spent my lunch hour taking a walk and praying the rosary, in thanksgiving to our Lady. Thank you Caritas for all your hard work.

  11. There was no doubt in my mind from the beginning that the leftists would try to take advantage of the rally and create trouble somewhere along the line.

  12. Yes, there are plenty of eyewitnesses to verify this. Lookup this morning broadcast, first hour of libertyroundtable.com January  8th 2021.

  13. Yes this was staged so that the Biden nominations will be certified and not to be objected and those who were supposed object to this instead gave into the riots and pressure 

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