In 1994 sister Josipa Kordić founded the Missionary Sisters of Wounded Family. This year was proclaimed as the year of families by St. John Paul II. Sister Josipa Kordić has stayed in Rome for some time and several times participated a special reception of Pope John Paul II who encouraged her to start the Association of Missionary Sisters of Wounded Family. She consulted many spiritual persons, but mostly cardinal Ivan Diaz who can be regarded as her spiritual father. Dr Ratko Perić, the bishop of Mostar, participated in naming of the Association as well.
After long and hard volunteering during the Civil War, she fell ill with the severe illness of cancer and died in 2003. After her death, the Association consisted of five sisters and the Pope John Paul II Family Center in Vionica, Međugorje County.
The Association of Missionary Sisters of Wounded Family currently guide:
1. Humanitarian Association Marija Vrata Nebeska, Vionica bb, 88260 Međugorje, BiH
2. St. John’s II Home for Elderly Persons, Vionica bb, 88260 Međugorje, BiH
3. St. John’s II Home for Children without Parental Care, Vionica bb, 88260 Međugorje, BiH
Even before it has been officially founded, the Association guided by sister Josipa helped all the abandoned, old, weak and in need. Dr brother Iko Skoko and longtime associate of the Missionary, wrote sister Josipa’s biography named after their motto - Notice the needs of others.She once organized a trip across the Adriatic Sea for 1,500 disabled veterans and took them to Rome by buses to participate a special reception at Pope John Paul’s II. She even translated herself his speech to the poor veterans.
Their entire work has been based on Divine’s Providence and collecting money, materials and general help from good people to those in need. No help comes from state and social establishments.
Around 400 war refuges and people of different destinies were under protection of the Association (St. John’s II Home for Elderly Persons and St. John’s II Home for Children without Parental Care) long before it has been founded and officially approved by the Ministry of Work and Social Care, Mostar.
Since 1998 to present, St. John’s II Home for Children without Parental Care, Vionica bb, took care of 292 children. There are currently 52 children settled in the Home.
Since 2005 to present, St. John’s II Home for Elderly Persons, Vionica bb, had around 192 residents. The Home currently has 52 elderly residents.
If you wish to be more informed about the work of the Association of Missionary Sisters of Wounded Family, you can order dr Iko Skoko’s book "Notice the Needs of Others" on the address: Sestre Misionarke Ranjene Obitelji "Obiteljski centar papa Ivan Pavao II" Vionica bb, 88260 Međugorje, BiH.
If you wish to help with the neglected and abandoned children or elderly and weak, you can do so over Humanitarian Association Marija Vrata Nebeska, Vionica bb, 88260 Međugorje, BiH. The Unicredit bank account is: 33812002200755606.
If you wish to get more informed about the religious work of the Missionary, you can also order The Rule and the Activity book, as well as sister Josipa’s biography.