Finishing up his 50-day tour of America to spread Medjugorje, Fr. Pervan, pastor of St. James Church in Medjugorje visited Birmingham, Alabama at the invitation of the founder of Caritas of Birmingham who had just returned from Medjugorje himself. They both had attended the first conference on Medjugorje in the U.S. which took place in Boston in September, 1986. Through the founder fo Caritas and others from the Birmingham area who had made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, there was already great interest in the apparitions when Fr. Pervan arrived.