A Friend of Medjugorje directs Caritas of Birmingham to initiate a new program, Our Lady’s Prayer Groups (OLPG). Over the past four years, the interest in Medjugorje has skyrocketed in the United States and thousands of people were contacting Caritas wanted to be placed on the free mailing list. Along with this request, many wanted to join a Medjugorje prayer group and asked to be directed to a prayer group in their area. Because of this, a Friend of Medjugorje developed a program in which Medugorje prayer groups were invited to register their group with Caritas. The purpose for this was to help form prayer groups, assist those wanting to join a prayer group in their area, unite the prayer groups together for specific intentions of Our Lady, and spiritually support the prayer groups with the messages of Our Lady and spiritual materials. Already in April there were 500 prayer groups registered with Caritas. The number of prayer groups would eventually reach 2,400.