Medjugorje: My Lifelong Journey with Our Lady, Queen of Peace

by Penny Abbruzzese

Amidst a period of suffering, Penny Abbruzzese hears that the Virgin Mary was appearing to six children at Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Wondering if Our Lady can comfort her still-grieving heart, Penny journeys on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, unaware that this journey and search for healing would change her life in ways she could never have imagined. Along the way, she is inspired to look into the depths of her soul and ask questions about her faith.  Do people really believe in miracles? Are apparitions real and can they truly change someone’s life? Once there, she miraculously received the grace to communicate with Our Lady, hearing from her, “Mary gives you hope.” Our Lady’s ongoing messages propel Penny to a new way of life. Her heart is opened with a new focus on helping people she had once ignored–the lost souls, the sick, and the disabled. In response, Penny leads more than 100 pilgrimages with countless pilgrims, witnessing abundant grace and many miracles. She finds the answer to all her questions: yes, miracles and healings do happen. This book tells the story of Penny’s 36 year journey in which she gives of herself for others, finding hope and the faith to share that hope with those she encounters along the way. Penny’s story is one that will inspire anyone to believe that miracles do happen, especially on a journey of trials and tears.
 
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Medjugorje Message to visionary Marija Pavlovic from the Blessed Mother

March 25, 2021
 
Dear children! Also today I am with you to tell you: Little children, who prays, does not fear the future and does not lose hope. You are chosen to carry joy and peace because you are mine. I have come here with the name ‘Queen of Peace’ because the devil wants peacelessness and war, he wants to fill your heart with fear of the future – but the future is God’s. That is why, be humble and pray, and surrender everything into the hands of the Most High Who created you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

TESTIMONIALS

“In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus said… ‘You are the light of the world!’ In this beautiful memoir, the reader will see how that happens; how Jesus illuminates, elevates, and sanctifies a docile soul open to his transforming love… and how that soul then goes forth as light into the darkness of this world. Penny’s wonderful story gives a powerful witness to our Mother’s fundamental role in this mysterious process in which our Father draws his children into his presence and makes them one with him… as he is one with them.” – Fr. Lawrence Edward Tucker, SOLT Author of The Prayer of Jesus Crucified; Adventures In The Father’s Joy!; To Whom The Heart Decided To Love; The Redemption of San Isidro

“Penny Abbruzzese’s book Medjugorje: My Lifelong Journey with Our Lady, Queen of Peace is a heartfelt tribute to the power of Our Lady’s Love working within a life and heart truly open to Her grace. Penny takes the reader by the hand and travels with them through the joys and heartaches of her own life, all the while showing the ever growing influence of Our Lady’s Love and Teachings, especially as shared with her through Medjugorje. This book will inspire faith and hope in the reader that the power of God and Our Lady’s Motherly care is truly alive and active in each person’s ordinary life.” — Mary Kloska, author of A Heart Frozen in the Wilderness: The Reflections of a Siberian Missionary

“In the 40 years of unprecedented reported daily apparitions of Mary in Medjugorje, Our Lady’s messages, which Penny strives to emulate, has led her to new life in the Holy Spirit as I have witnessed her spiritual growth during the 30 years since we met. Our Lady’s School of Love in Medjugorje takes Penny’s pain and suffering from her brother’s tragic death to peace and confidence in God’s Providence as she shares her journey of faith which I find truly inspiring.” –– Fr. John McFadden, Retired Priest of the Diocese of Scranton, PA

“This is an excellent book of a life transformed by a simple message from Our Lady.  I was inspired by Penny’s courage to travel to an unknown country; the adventure captivated me, but what kept me reading was how that one trip kept bearing fruit in so many unexpected ways!” — Marie Baker- Harrogate, N. Yorkshire, UK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Penny Abbruzzese has a strong devotion to Our Blessed Mother and is a religious pilgrims’ coordinator, who made her first pilgrimage to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina in March 1984.  Since then, Penny has been to Medjugorje more than 100 times with groups from near and far. In the 37 years since her first pilgrimage, Penny has led tours to holy places such as Fatima, Lourdes, Garabandal and Santiago de Compostela. She has visited shrines in France, Italy, Bavaria, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Prague, Vienna and Israel’s Christian holy places.

Working alongside the New York City Croatian Church which is a sister parish to St. James in Medjugorje, Penny sponsored several visionaries and well-known priests from Medjugorje to speak in New York.   As one of the founding officers of a non-profit organization, Our Lady Queen of Peace Prayer Group, Penny published a newsletter, Mary’s Mantle, for 25 years with a readership of over 5,000 subscribers. Mary’s Mantle expounded on Our Lady’s messages, featuring prominent articles about healing – both physical and spiritual – and beautiful testimonies of conversion through Our Lady’s reported apparitions.

Several prayer groups were started by Penny and (always) a priest, along with a small group of friends who had experienced Medjugorje together. Four prayer groups met monthly, meeting from 1986 until 2013 praying for vocations, families, world peace and for an end to abortion of First Friday until March 2020, when the risk of COVID19 discontinued this devotion.

Penny was a guest of Monsignor Tom Hartman’s Rockville Centre Diocese’s Network, Telecare, back in 1987 and the 1990’s sharing about her experience in bringing internationally known close friend and prayer partner, Detective Steven McDonald, to Medjugorje.  Steven became a quadriplegic after being shot in NY’s Central Park back in 1986.

In 2014, Penny co-produced a documentary about the reported apparitions of Medjugorje entitled “God Exists…The Queen of Peace Speaks from Medjugorje.”  Penny’s film was written and produced by Peter Powell, a researcher and cinematographer who had worked on more than 150 media campaigns in the USA and overseas.  Penny’s narrator was Rita Gam, a veteran actress, who was under contract with MGM studios.  Over 3,000 copies of Penny’s documentary have been distributed and are available on Amazon.

Penny’s life took a drastic turn when she was very far away from her faith.  The pain of her younger brother’s suicide brought Penny to her knees.  Her conversion story, Medjugorje…My Lifelong Journey with Our Lady, was inspired by Fr. Svetazor Kraljevic, OFM, in Medjugorje.   In her book, Penny takes the reader from her darkest days of losing her closest friend, through stages of surrender, and finally drawing closer to Jesus by way of Our Lady’s messages from Medjugorje.

Penny has been married to Michael for 50 years.  She is the mother of three children and grandmother of six and currently lives in Lynbrook, NY.

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