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VATICAN/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, org. On the 24th of February 2015, Holy Father Francis appointed Father Andrés Napoleón Romero Cárdena as bishop of Barahona (area 6,973, population 396,270, Catholics 215,000, priests 28, permanent deacons 2, religious 54), Dominican Republic. The bishop-elect was born in Ramonal Arriba, Dominican Republic in 1967 and was ordained a priest in 1995. He holds a licentiate in philosophy and letters and in religious sciences from the Pontifical University Mater et Magistra, Dominican Republic, and in biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles, including parish vicar, formator in the minor seminary and diocesan director for priestly vocations, professor of sacred scripture and research methodology, dean of the faculties of philosophy and theology, and formator at the St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical major seminary. He is currently parish priest of the Cathedral of Santa Ana in the diocese of San Francisco de Macoris. He has belonged to the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests since 1999.
mda. Karl Leisner would have celebrated his hundredth birthday on 28 February (1915-1945). He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1996. He had got to know Schoenstatt as a teenager, and during his theology studies was a member of a Schoenstatt group, one of whom was later the Bishop of Munster, Heinrich Tenhumberg. Throughout his life the few, but intensive, times of encounter with the Blessed Mother in the Original Shrine remained the decisive milestones on the path of his vocation. During days of Adoration of the Blessed Sacraments for priests, which take place every year in the Marienau, Schoenstatt, during the carnival season, Fr Ernst Geerkens (85) introduced the 18 participants from various communities for Schoenstatt priests to a deeper encounter with Karl Leisner.
ROME, Maria Fischer. One of Fr. Kentenich's dearest desires was that the Schoenstatt Movement, founded a hundred years ago in an unknown valley leading down to the Rhine River in Germany, should be present in the heart of the universal Church in Rome. In 1965 the leading representatives of the International Schoenstatt Movement promised their founder that they would build an international center in Rome. It took over forty years before this promise was realized and the International Schoenstatt Center in Belmonte, Rome, was finally built. Fr. Kentenich's expectations, for the MATRI ECCLESIAE Shrine, and Belmonte as a whole, found expression in the programmatic talks found in this book. Since mid-February 2015, the book, first published in October 2014 in print version, is available now also as an E-Book, in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
Sarah-Leah Pimentel. "The fruitfulness of a seed depends, as we know from experience, on its natural ability to germinate, the quality of the soil and from outward factors - the sun, rain and wind. ...What applies to the seed in nature can be applied to the seeds of our spirituality and a universal apostolate. The good earth they need is the natural and supernatural readiness to be generous, but above all, to be chaste and to love. Normally only those who are generous are capable [of living our spirituality]...Chastity is necessary according to the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God." The outward conditions for growth [which our spirituality needs] are all sorts and degrees of difficulties, continual inner and outward battles." (Joseph Kentenich, 1954/55, Kentenich Reader Vol. II, p. 25)
mda. "The Blessed Mother left us in peace for some months, then she wrote to us on 18 February …” Those were the words of Fr Egon M. Zillekens, and he thought they should be at the start of an article about the letter from Mainz, which he receive around 6.13 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, 18 February, the start of the first post-Jubilee time of Lent. The official letter asked Schoenstatt to make accommodation available for the many refugees arriving in these weeks, mainly from Kosovo.
COSTA RICA, Rosa Lobo. Approximately five years ago, a group of Schoenstatt couples from San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, dreamed of carrying out a project that would provide an opportunity to educate children in Father Joseph Kentenich’s pedagogy. These families, who are trained in the field of education, felt the strong impulse to present Schoenstatt’s richness in the academic world and take it to the heart of the families. Mary is the Great Educator, and she not only forms her children, but through them, she reaches their homes as well. This was the intention with which the Fundación Almenara [Almenara Foundation] was constituted, and they began to work intensely to carry out this dream.
GERMANY, usd. This is about the 100 houses of solidarity. For every shrine, there is a house as a Jubilee gift for the Blessed Mother! Of course, I also wanted to help, and the house built, thanks to my donation, would have the name of my group shrine, Shrine of Pentecost Grace. Afterwards I was thinking very much about my small shrine, which has had a special place in my home for many years. How many? The Blessed Mother has been working from here since 1978.
VATICAN (ACI). Weeks after Pope Francis’ visit to Sir Lanka on January 13th–15th, this Asian country’s press echoed the Holy Father’s gesture of charity that he quietly carried out toward the neediest in that country, where 40% of the population lives in conditions of poverty.
Latest Pope Francis Tweets
- 03/03/2015 - 09:00 The heart grows hard when it does not love. Lord, give us a heart that knows how to love.
- 28/02/2015 - 11:00 Jesus intercedes for us each day. Let us pray: Lord, have mercy on me; intercede for me!
- 21/02/2015 - 10:30 There is no sin that God cannot pardon. All we need to do is ask for forgiveness.
- 20/02/2015 - 11:00 The Sacraments are the manifestation of the Father’s tenderness and love towards each of us.
- 19/02/2015 - 10:19 Wherever there are men and women who have consecrated their lives to God, there you find joy.
A Schoenstatt which goes forth
- for the next hundred years -
"Culture of encounter is a covenant culture that creates solidarity."
Pope Francis, Audience 25/10/2015
Through Fr. Kentenich's communication style (narrating real stories) we serve the life of the International Schoenstatt Family and the Church by promoting bonds of solidarity
- covenant culture
and offer this service as a witness
- culture of encounter
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From its beginning, Schoenstatt.org has worked at the service of the international life of the Schoenstatt Family and does not aim to be the official organ of any organization or community.
This medium relies on a team of collaborators from five continents and those who have roles of responsibility include Schoenstatt members, experts, academics and professionals from the communications sector who, in their personal capacity, evaluate both the content and its communicational quality.