Jakov Colo

Born on March 6th 1971, Jakov Colo is the youngest visionary. He was only ten years old when the Virgin Mary first appeared to him in 1981. During the early years of the apparitions, many investigators and spectators took his presence among the visionaries to be a sign of the authenticity of the apparitions. They found it unlikely that such a small boy, fond of playing football and being with his friends, would pray and go to church for up to three hours a day, had something unusual not taken place in his life.

Jakov’s daily apparitions went on for little more than 17 years – until September 12th 1998 when the Virgin Mary confided the tenth and last secret to him during an apparition in Miami, Florida. As with Mirjana and Ivanka before him Jakov had a hard time coping with the fact his daily encounters with the Virgin were over. Today he tells the pilgrims that he has come to realize that the most important thing is not seeing the Virgin but having her in one’s heart, something everyone can achieve through prayer, first of all.

Since his daily apparitions ceased, Jakov has had an apparition every year on Christmas Day, December 25th.

Jakov and Vicka during an apparition in 1984. The Virgin asked Vicka to stay in Medjugorje and take care of Jakov who was an orphan at age 12

Jakov’s childhood was hard. His father left the family and his mother died when he was 12. But he recovered and today he has his own family with his Italian-born wife Annalisa whom he married in 1993. The couple have two sons and a daughter.

Like his fellow visionaries Ivan and Ivanka, Jakov used to feel uncomfortable with being at the centre of attention. But he found his own way of bearing witness to the apparitions, oftentimes making use of humour like his neighbour Mirjana also does. A double lecture from Mirjana and Jakov is often full of fun and mutual teasing between the two visionaries.

His special prayer mission, entrusted to him by the Virgin, is to pray for the sick. He shares this mission with Vicka.