From October 14 to 17, 2023, CMOP Medjugorje hosted the Rachel's Vineyard retreat.
Rachel's Vineyard is an international work that offers a psycho-spiritual model to soothe the wounds that derive from the experience of voluntary and/or spontaneous abortion. The "retreat weekend" is a 4-day spiritual journey that uses a variety of effective exercises that allow participants to express grief and pain and then experience a journey of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing. The retreat, which took place in Spanish, was led by Fr. Augustin Conner CFR and Yesica Gonzales, a lay missionary from Nicaragua, who was our guest. The community, which offered welcome and hospitality while also guaranteeing confidentiality, was able to participate in some strong moments of this retreat, truly touching and moving. On the final day, the apostolic visitor, Monsignor Aldo Cavalli, was also present and offered his word of support and hope. The participants, seven in total, then continued their stay with us to experience the pilgrimage to Medugorje.