Ave Maria Pilgrimages offers pilgrimage trips to Medjugorje, Italy, Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima, Holy Land, and more. View Upcoming Trips
Born in Croatia, at the age of 3, my parents took me to live with my grandparents in a small town near Medjugorje. At age 6, I moved back to Croatia where I lived with my parents and went to school. At age 16 I went to live with my oldest sister in Germany. In 1981 I immigrated to the United States with a friend. While becoming American citizens, We worked in the clothing and art business.
Co-Director & Guide
In 2013, Ave Maria Pilgrimage introduced and welcomed Josip Elez as our new Co-Director and Guide of Ave Maria Pilgrimage in Medjugorje. The son of Ivanka (Ivankavic) Elez, the first Medjugorje visionary to see the Blessed Mother there in 1981. Josip is a second generation disciple and proponent of Our Lady’s messages.