Wayne Passes Away Leaving a Legacy of Love and Prayer
Now Wayne lives in the presence of Jesus and His Blessed Mother forever. I cannot imagine how overjoyed he was to arrive into Heaven.
Sadly, on Thursday April 19, we had to move Wayne into hospice care and on Saturday April 21 he passed away peacefully with me at his side. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support. Just knowing you were with us in spirit during this difficult time made everything so much easier. May God have mercy on Wayne's soul and may he forever rest in the arms of Our Lady.
Since Wayne’s passing was announced on Saturday morning, hundreds and perhaps thousands of you have posted comments on a variety of catholic sites on the Internet and hundreds of you have emailed me with your words of condolence and your support. I cannot find the words to tell you how much I appreciate your love and your prayers. Thank you!
Along with those words I have received an incredible number of testimonies of conversion due to Wayne’s writings and his talks. It is astounding to contemplate how many lives Jesus and His Mother have touched though Wayne’s holy and anointed mission. Below are just a few of those testimonies; I will let those who have been so moved speak for themselves…
From Slavenka (Wayne’s guide in Medjugorje): As many of you know, I spent over twenty years working for Wayne as his translator and as a guide of 206 Tours groups. As the years went by, we got to know each other very well. So for me Wayne was not just a writer of bestselling books, he was not just a great speaker or carrier of messages of Our Lady...for me Wayne was a friend. We shared many joys and tears together.
Maybe some of you know this, maybe not, but Wayne, for six years, supported Mirko Kordic from Siroki Brijeg through university to graduate and became a doctor. Wayne helped refugee families to build or rebuilt their homes... And when I look back on all of that work it was not about donations but about love - love he was sharing with those people.
If you ask me what kind of person Wayne was, I will tell you that he was a good man, one of the best I have met in my life. Through him I learned what gentleness truly is. I learned that we have to practice that gentleness every moment of our lives that only then does it become natural. I learned that the gentleness did not leave him even when he was weak and in pain. I was watching that gentleness a few weeks ago in the hospital in Atlanta. I was watching it and admired it because it was as much a part of him as his legs or arms were.
If you ask me to tell you more about Wayne, I will tell that the greatest men are always humble and simple. I will tell you that he was a great singer, oh yes, the singer with the best performances of Elvis Presley. I will tell that he had this nice sense of humor which did not leave him even on his death bed. And he was a good listener too!
Some people save money but Wayne was saving people. I remember how our friend Milanka told me many years ago to watch over him because he would give everything away, that he would take his shirt off to give it to someone in need. Wayne did so much for Our Lady of Medjugorje that I know for sure he is resting in her arms, finally.
Since Wayne passed, I have got letters from all corners of the United States, Australia, Korea ... I can tell you: it was not just Medjugorje but the world prayed for him. In the end, I have to say that I cannot thank God enough for letting me walk by Wayne’s side for almost half of my life! I spoke several times daily to you, Judith Weible in the last few months, I have to say again: the deepest condolences from my family to yours! Wayne, thank you for being my friend! Rest in Peace!
Noreen A Murphy: I have all Wayne’s books and newsletters. I read “Medjugorje The Message” three times and learned something powerful each time. It was my stimulus to go to Medjugorje. I met Wayne at two different Marian Conferences and I was amazed at how the Holy Spirit guided him on his journey. I always loved the fact that he gave his life to spreading the messages. That takes faith, tenacity, total trust in God, especially when one looks back at all he pursued with so much love and devotion. I feel proud to have met him in person. RIP Wayne, you deserve a high place in heaven!
Dear Judith, Wayne was a true apostle of Our Blessed Mother Mary, and he is now receiving his reward: being close to his Mother and the Lord. He has worked tirelessly for so long as he guided so many people shining the light of Mary and Jesus by his very life. You will miss him, but you know you have a saint in heaven that prays for you. We will all miss him. Meeting him on our pilgrimage to Kibeho was a special grace me. The memory of his person stays with us and his writings will continue to spread light on the mystery of heaven and the Love of Mary and Jesus. Immense thank you Wayne Weible.
God Bless, Fr. Gerry LeStrat, OMI
Wayne’s Goddaughter, Kimmy Hammond: Although my eyes are watery and my heart aches, my soul feels joy that you have found peace and everlasting love with our Heavenly Father. I am sure my mom was there to greet you with a big hug. I only wish I listened to you and called you as often as you wanted. Life is so very precious and short. We all need to pray harder, hug our kids and parents tighter, and kiss our spouses longer. We are here for just a moment and then suddenly we aren’t. I am just so thankful and blessed to have had you in my life to be there for the big moments. Out of the hundred thousand lives you touched, how lucky was I to be able to call you mine. You never ceased to amaze me with how incredible and strong your faith and your love for people was. May God always bless all of Wayne’s followers, friends, and family. His bright light will shine forever in all of our hearts and minds. Fly high, I love you “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
Milanka Lachman (206 Tours President) Wayne Weible died today because his body had served its purpose. Wayne’s soul had done what it came to do, to spread the message of Our Lady of Medjugorje, to be an amazing husband, father, grandfather, friend to all who ever met him. I know for certain that Wayne was one of the kindest and most prayerful men that I have ever met. I know for certain that we never lose friends like Wayne and the people we love. They intercede for us and continue to participate in every act we do. I find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by reading Wayne’s books, hearing Wayne’s talks, going on Wayne’s pilgrimages and for being Wayne’s friend. My deepest condolences to his beloved wife Judith Weible, and Wayne’s entire family.
Wayne Weible we will continue to "spread the message" we will remember all you did for us through your writing and speaking how you have touched millions; your charitable causes and helping so many all over the world; 30 years of bringing many to find their faith, you have helped me personally on so many levels and my company 206 Tours by coordinating the largest pilgrimages ever: and that's just what you did from earth, God only knows what you will be doing from Heaven! Maybe you can move the Krizevac Mountain bit closer to the Holy See. The memories of you will always bring me a smile. You were the best friend that one could ever want and we loved you a lot, but God loves you a lot more! Until we meet again.
Dear Judith, I am sad beyond words for you, for your loved ones, for me for all those who have known Wayne and felt the presence of God and the Blessed Mother through his devotion for all these years. I am also happy, relieved for him that he is at last in the arms of his Mother, in the presence of Jesus, surrounded by all that he has spoken of, lived for and believed in for all these years. I know he will continue to be a spiritual warrior on our behalf from his place in Heaven and I know that he will be your constant guide, by your side as you continue his work which has become yours - God's work. In these days, I pray for your comfort and peace. May you be surrounded by the Angels.
With love, blessings, Kathy Ward
Weible Columns will continue on as normal. Wayne had actually not been a part of the day-to-day running of the office in quite some time so Weible Columns can continue to spread Our Lady's messages through our monthly newsletter, our selections of spiritual books and our Medjugorje pilgrimages in the same manner as it has been doing.
Wayne Weible's Facebook page will continue on as part of Weible Columns. Please keep posting any testimonies you have on Facebook and tag Wayne Weible as I am publishing a collection of testimonies into a Wayne Weible memorial book. Alternately you can email testimonies you wish to share to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also continue our November pilgrimages each year. They will now be led by Slavenka, our long time Medjugorje guide, joined by Fr. Ed Chalmers, our pilgrimage priest from Boston, and Judith Weible, Wayne’s wife. This year will be a “special tribute to Wayne” pilgrimage in which we can all share our stories of traveling with Wayne on previous trips, or just perhaps reading his books or listening to him speak somewhere. We encourage as many of you as possible to join us on what we hope will be a deeply spiritual experience, in which we make a lot of lasting memories and friends.
Many blessings to you all and thank you for your faithfulness to Wayne and his mission.
-- Judith Weible