Terry L. Colafrancesco
Terry L. Colafrancesco, also known as A Friend of Medjugorje, is the founder and director of one of the largest non-profit organizations in the State of Alabama. He founded Caritas of Birmingham in the spring of 1986 for the purpose of promoting and propagating Christian life and its principles. Shortly afterwards he experienced a powerful conversion in Medjugorje. Medjugorje is a small village in what was former Yugoslavia, but is now Bosnia-Herzegovina, where the Virgin Mary had reportedly been appearing to six young people. In time, Colafrancesco became convinced that Medjugorje was the place God has chosen for the spiritual renewal of the world.
In January 1987, Terry Colafrancesco wrote the first Caritas of Birmingham newsletter. Eventually, the newsletter evolved into writings and reflections on the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje, and then to more serious reflections on living out Christianity more fully.
These writings hit a chord in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people, not only in our nation, but around the world as well. Within the first four years of the founding of Caritas of Birmingham, more than 120,000 households signed up for Caritas’ monthly newsletter. Colafrancesco is the author of not only the Caritas of Birmingham newsletter, but also the periodical, Words of the Harvesters, which is printed on a monthly basis also. Many of his writings over the years have been republished in booklet form and have spread to millions of people around the world. He is also the author of several books, including the widely used Words from Heaven®, the definitive book on the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje that is currently in its 10th edition. Terry Colafrancesco has suffered many persecutions for the voice he has been given through his writings, but without being daunted, he continues the work God has given him, affecting large numbers of people through his writings and insights.