Born in 1971, the youngest of the visionaries, Jakov was abandoned by his father and then orphaned of his mother in the early days of the apparitions when he was only ten. His wordless testimony to the apparitions was very powerful at that time, his face in ecstasy being something that could not conceivably have been faked. After avoiding pilgrims for a long time through shyness, he later became more confident and now talks to pilgrim groups. He married in 1993, and now has two girls and a boy, and lives in Medjugorje. Since receiving the tenth secret in September 1997, Jakov now has an apparition once a year, on Christmas Day.