Schoenstatt international - welcome!
AUSTRALIA, Sr. M. Rebecca Sampang. Celebrating the Centenary Jubilee in over 200 shrines worldwide, the Schoenstatt Family at Mt Richon-Armadale marked this milestone with a crowd of over 600 at a special celebration on Sunday October 19.
ROME, mda. Australia, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic: If we were playing for the Football World Cup, these four would be in the semi-finals. Or, on the steps at the Olympic Games with a medal and award ceremony. They would be closely followed by the Philippines, Burundi and Mexico; the rest of the field would be far behind. Australia, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic: these four countries have already completely financed their room in the International Schoenstatt Centre in Belmonte, Rome. Australia and the Czech Republic are already busy considering decorating their room with a traditional crucifix of their country, a picture of Our Lady of Schoenstatt, and another symbol. For the pilgrims from the Czech Republic, who came on Saturday after the Jubilee audience with Pope Francis, there was just one discordant note: They were unable to visit "their" room. And those who heard their story will understand their disappointment.
ARGENTINA, mda. While thousands and thousands of members and people who are close to Schoenstatt celebrated the 100 years of the Covenant of Love in the Schoenstatt Shrines, in Paraná it was celebrated in another way. Like every year, the “Pilgrimage of the People” was carried out on the third weekend of October. With the motto, “In Covenant with Mary we walk for peace,” thousands of the faithful from Entre Rios followed National Route Nº 12 from Hasenkamp toward the city of Paraná for the 32nd edition of the “Pilgrimage of the People.” The line of the faithful left on the afternoon of Friday, the 17th, from the Mother Thrice Admirable’s Wayside Shrine, the patroness of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement in Hasenkamp. They walked the edge of the route during the night and the following day, until they arrived close to 7:00 p.m. at the La Loma Shrine, in the provincial capital, in the midst of a strong storm and winds.
ARGENTINA, Monina Crivelli/mda. Father Alexandre Awi de Mello, the National Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Brazil, has a book, a best seller and a treasure, already in its third edition that has been released in Portuguese. Edicoes Loyola edited the book about Pope Francis’ encounters with Mary. It contains the Holy Father’s testimonies about his love of Mary – “his mother” – gathered during a long interview – that was more an encounter – complemented perhaps by the most complete collection of Pope Francis’ Marian prayers. “I asked several publishers if they were interested in an English edition,” Father Alexandre related during a chance encounter at the Audience Hall door in Rome, shortly before the encounter of the Schoenstatt Family with Francis. “There was no interest; they commented that there is already so much…” Editorial Patris Argentina now has published the Spanish edition, which was presented in Buenos Aires, and Córdoba in presence of the author, almost immediately after the Jubilee celebration in Rome.
ARGENTINA, mda. When Father Alan Sosa Tello from San Luis, Argentina went on pilgrimage to Rome in the context of the Covenant of Love Jubilee, he took a stone from Belmonte’s grounds to place on the grounds of the future San Luis Shrine. In additon he also took the blessing of the Holy Father, Francis, from the audience to this year’s Marian Youth Walk and of the blessing of the land for the greatly desired San Luis Shrine. As a missionary of the Rosary Campaign Youth and later as a seminarian, he began the Marian Youth Walk. “The presentation of the grounds was very Marian, impressive. EVERYTHING: the weather, rain, clouds, youths, Family, Movement, Bishop, Governor, etc. God the Father prepared everything to honor the Blessed Mother,” he shared. “The Bishop’s homily was the clear sign that the Blessed Mother already had taken possession of the place.”
VATICAN/ARGENTINA/PARAGUAY, mda. Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Francisco Pistilli Scorzara - the general superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers for the Region of the Father (Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Italy, Nigeria) - as the bishop of the Diocese of Encarnación in Paraguay. He will be ordained as bishop on 20 December 2014.
mda. The Original Shrine was his second home. As long as he could, he went there twice a day to pray. He took with him all the intentions that had been entrusted to him. A man with both feet on the ground of reality, a craftsman, an apostle through and through, and a convinced herald of the two basic forms of the lay apostolate: the profession as the field of apostolate – he liked to describe Mario Hiriart, for whom he had been Novice Master, as an example; and the apostolate exercised alongside one's profession. Here he quoted Joao Pozzobon whom he accompanied for years as friend and spiritual guide. When a group of young women who were enthusiastic about the apostolate suggested changing their jobs to become nurses and parish workers, he told them: Don't! If all of us are only apostles at work, what people need get's left behind, and that is people who use their free time for others.
USA, Carlos Cantú. The Texas Schoenstatt Family gathered to celebrate 100 years of Schoenstatt’s founding, 100 years of the Covenant of Love, and 100 years of the Blessed Mother establishing herself in the Schoenstatt Shrine. More than 700 people were in attendance, and they were blessed with a beautiful day. The weather was a delicious gift from Heaven above!
Latest Pope Francis Tweets
- 22/11/2014 - 07:22 When we meet a person truly in need, do we see the face of God?
- 20/11/2014 - 09:20 Let us seek to live in a way that is always worthy of our Christian vocation.
- 18/11/2014 - 10:18 There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God.
- 15/11/2014 - 08:45 A Christian brings peace to others. Not only peace, but also love, kindness, faithfulness and joy.
- 13/11/2014 - 09:13 War destroys, kills, impoverishes. Lord, give us your peace!
A Schoenstatt which goes forth
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Jubilee - 100 Years Covenant of Love
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