Covenant Life Category

AUSTRIA, Alois Konrad via schoenstatt.at Thirty years ago, on February 14, 1987, it began in the middle of Steiermark with one brave family together with Sister Elmengard and Father Tilmann Beller… “Our Homes – preferred places of God’s work: warming – shaping – radiating!” Summer holidays in Steiermark – hurrah! One last look at the home shrine – and off we went.  We drove through a sunny, almost already spring-like Steiermark and came closer to the monastery in Leibnitz. We went through the monastery gate with great anticipation – and immediatelyRead More
BRAZIL, Ana Christina Melquíades • A new shrine is under construction in Caieiras, in the state of Sao Paulo – Brazil; we joyfully invite the entire International Schoenstatt Family to participate in the graces of this new throne for our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress. The construction of the Schoenstatt Shrine in Caieiras is a thirty-year dream of a solid family. The Institute of Our Lady of Schoenstatt is present in this city’s Movement; it is responsible for this city’s family, and it is marked by the 3rd historicRead More
COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • On 18 March 2017, after almost 20 years of waiting, conquest, and commitment the greatly desired day finally arrived: Costa Rica has its first shrine! On the morning of this Covenant Day, the Archbishop of San José, José Rafael Quirós Quirós blessed the “Family of Hope” Shrine accompanied by the Bishop of Alajuela, Ángel San Casimiro Fernández O.A.R, with 1,700 people present from all over Costa Rica and many Central American countries, as well as, Schoenstatt Fathers and diocesan priests from Chile, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico,Read More
COSTA RICA, Gonzalo Vega, Michelle Ramírez, Maria Fischer • Is it possible that there are still people who do not know about Central America’s first Schoenstatt Shrine blessing? It is possible… however there are fewer and fewer. Meanwhile the first guests are already traveling to Costa Rica, and greetings and congratulations continue pouring in via travelers, email, Facebook, and videos… Fr. Guillermo Carmona, National Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Argentina, greets the Schoenstatt Family from Costa Rica with a video message, recalling his stay in the country in 2013,Read More
COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez and Maria Fischer • This 18th of March, 2017, is a feast for all Schoenstatt and beyond: The first Schoenstatt Shrine of Costa Rica and all Central America will be blessed, the Shrine “Family of Hope” There will be a live transmission of the blessing via the Youtube-Channel of Schoenstatt Costa Rica. Or just here (the test video will be replaced by the livestream as the transmission begins) The transmission begins at 10:00 AM local time of Costa Rica (12:00 Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil; 4:00 PM Germany,Read More
CHILE/COSTA RICA, Rodrigo Garnham and Pilar Oyarzun, Militant Apostolic Community Family Branch, Chile • Day by day, I have joyfully accompanied the process of the dream come true for our beloved brothers/sisters and friends from Costa Rica. Saturday, 18 March, they will see this dream come true… As a Chilean, I am very grateful for the chosen land where I was born, and perhaps I was even accustomed to having a Shrine close to us, I cannot imagine life without this source of graces that accompanies me day by day.Read More
ITALY, Federico Bauml • Rome, February 18, 2017. Nearly 200 people, members and friends of the Schoenstatt Movement, gathered at the Cor Ecclesiae Shrine for a farewell party for Sister Fatima and Father Alfredo, the two “pillars” of the movement in Italy. Farewells always have a veil of melancholy, especially when it is to say goodbye to someone who has given so much and filled such an important space. It is true, however, that the melancholy of a farewell is always proportional to the joy of shared experiences. Therefore, forRead More
BELMONTE/COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • In less than a month, the greatest desire since Schoenstatt arrived in Costa Rica will be fulfilled – the desire of having their own shrine. Finally this will become a reality; on 18 March, the “Family of Hope” Shrine will be blessed, with the presence of many Schoenstatters from all of Central America and other countries. At this time, a prayer, initiated by a German Schoenstatter, which will help unite all the world’s Schoenstatters this 18 March, is circulated. Rector Marcelo Cervi sent his greetingsRead More
BRAZIL, Fábio Alves via JUMASBRASIL.com.br • The Schoenstatt Fathers held their annual gathering for one week, and the Southeast Boys’ Youth extended to them a beautiful invitation for a cantata in honor of the Mother of God and of her Son on 28 January. In the Máximo Trevisan House (Jumas Jaragua House), we began at 8:00 p.m. by introducing all the Schoenstatt Fathers who were at the gathering, and then the Southeast Boys’ Youth were informed about the changes relating to the services of the priest advisers and their activitiesRead More
COSTA RICA, Ileana and Chalo Vega with Maria Fischer • Thursday, 9 February. The future San Jose, Costa Rica Schoenstatt Shrine’s bell was heard for the first time. At about a month from the blessing of “Family of Hope” Shrine, on 18 March, the Shrine cannot just be seen, it can also be heard. Anticipation grows with the race to finish everything for the blessing. “Within these four walls still under construction, one can imagine how we are going to “talk” with the Blessed Mother …” said Chalo Vega, ofRead More