Angie’s daughter Meghan came on pilgrimage to Medjugorje in October of 2018

“It changed her life. She realized how precious life was to her. She always wanted to live, but then she wanted to live for Jesus

Meghan was so angry. And then about ten months before she came here, she started realizing there was more to life. She started really coming back to church and really starting to read scripture a little bit. But then when she came and knelt with Mirjana is when she got her full conversion to where she realized, “This has changed my life. I’m going to Heaven. I’m doing everything that I need to do to get my spot in Heaven.” She always made these comments after that apparition. She would always say, “I know.” She knew what was happening. I don’t know what happened because she never told me, but it was like she knew what her mission was. She prayed for nonbelievers, she prayed for the poor souls in Purgatory. I mean, she really dedicated herself to praying for everybody she knew. It was just a huge conversion for her. 

Meghan next to Visionary mirjana at the October 2nd apparition

She would call me and ask me, “Mom, are you ready to pray the Rosary?” Because she was getting so sick. “Mom, will you come and read the Bible to me? What book are we gonna read from tonight?” And a lot of times, she’d fall asleep. I’d be reading to her and I would say, “Are you with me?” And she’d say, “I’m with you.” And then I’d read another couple chapters, you know the Bible’s kinda long, then she’d say, “I”m with you, Mom. Keep going.” After a little while, she’d be knocked out. Then she’d wake up, “Okay!” I’d start reading to her again. 

I really think she’s still praying for our family and praying for nonbelievers and praying for the poor souls in Purgatory. When she went up to Apparition Hill, she had three papers, and she stayed up for hours in Mirjana’s hotel just reading over that. She didn’t want to forget to pray for anybody. I still have it. She just has notes — scribble, scribble, scribble. Pray for this one; pray for that one. Pray for my parents and their marriage. Pray for my goddaughter that she stays pure and that she knows God. Because she can be angry. Meghan was like a second mother to her, so she just didn’t understand. 

When we were all here in Medjugorje, Meghan came to me and was telling me about Youth Fest, and she said, “We need to bring kids from our parish.” So as she got sicker and sicker, it was something she really talked about, my granddaughter coming with us. I mean, she didn’t know if she would live or die, but she always talked like she would live. She fought to the very end. But in the end, she knew exactly where she was going

When she passed away, we just picked up from where she spoke about doing it, and we made it into a reality. It was Jacques that came up with the name of ‘Meghan’s Mission.’ 

We have been so hyped up about Medjugorje in our parish. I would say 90% of the people in our area know what it is now because of us sharing it all on Facebook and talking to them at church.  We went to other churches to ask for donations. 

We were going around to local businesses soliciting money to bring our kids, and in two months time we got every penny and some. Because Meghan ended up being so sick, we had her wedding in December, she passed away in January, so we didn’t really start fundraising until February. We had to have all the funds in by the end of March so we did yard sales, we asked people on the altar at the end of mass, we made little spiels to get people to donate to them, we knocked on local businesses’ doors, we did all of that. 

As a parent, I always tell anybody because they ask me, “How do you do it? How do you keep a smile on your face? Why are you so happy?” And I just say, “Well, she’s in Heaven.” I know she is. She’s where she belongs.”

To read more about Meghan’s experience in Medjugorje visit the Stella Mar Films blog

Meghan’s mission youth group with Stella Mar pilgrimages in August 2019