by Jakob Marschner
Medjugorje parish priest Fr. Petar Vlasic died in the morning of November 8, at age 74. Initially recluctant to taking on the assignment as parish priest of a major pilgrimage site at a late age, Fr. Vlasic issued remarkable public statements about Medjugorje towards the end of his life.
Fr. Petar Vlasic
With the death of Fr. Petar Vlasic in the early morning of November 8, a new parish priest will come to Medjugorje. Fr. Vlasic’s passing is confirmed on the official parish website.
Medjugorje’s parish priest since August 2007 had battled with cancer. He died at age 74, after 51 years of religious life and 47 years a s a priest.
In Medjugorje as assistant pastor since 1999, Fr. Petar Vlasic accepted his appointment as a parish priest with some reluctance five years ago, thinking the task to be big for a priest of his age. Delegating certain tasks to younger priests, he was quiet but very well-liked.
Fr. Petar Vlasic (left) with Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar
In what became his last of few major media appearances, in August this year Fr. Vlasic stated the Rome could not ignore Medjugorje, referring to the work of the current Vatican Commission.
In the same interview, he said the Virgin Mary’s apparitions in his parish might well precede Christ’s return, and that the apparitions in Medjugorje followed the pattern known from officially recognized apparitions of Mary.
The body of Fr. Petar Vlasic will exposed in St. James Church on November 9. His funeral will take place at 3 pm.