Covenant Life Category

MISIÓN ROMA, Ricardo Villalba • Three days from finishing an incredible year spent with ““Misión Roma”, Ricardo, “Riky,” Villalba received the gift he had waited for during 12 months: during the Angelus, in front of everyone in St. Peter’s Square, he held the tablet and helped the Pope “click” his registration, thus inaugurating World Youth Day registration, WYD Panama 2019. Being at the Holy Father’s side and then being able to greet him, he relates that experience. — My name is Ricardo Villalba, I am 22 years old, and I haveRead More
EL SALVADOR, Isidro and Patricia Perera • Less than two months from the first anniversary celebration of our Family of Hope Shrine in Costa Rica, the first and only one in Central America, Fr. José Luis Correa, adviser to the Schoenstatt Movement in our region, visited San Salvador to meet with what could be considered Schoenstatt’s founding family in that country. Isidro and Patricia Perera and José Alejandro and Anelena Hueda de Martínez, accompanied him; the latter are speakers for groups of young professionals and talks for engaged couples. TheyRead More
INTERVIEW WITH FR LUDWE JAYIYA, SOUTH AFRICA • When Pope Francis met with his fellow Jesuits during his recent visit to Peru, one of the elder members asked him what he, as Pope and Jesuit, expected from them at this moment in the Church. His answer was brief and clear: “Vatican II.” Only a few days earlier, I had interviewed a young priest from South Africa, Fr. Ludwe Jayiya, parish priest in Port Elizabeth`s  Mater Dei parish, who had spent all, literally all his savings (priests in South Africa doRead More
ECUADOR, Emili Puñet • The family from Quito is celebrating! On 20 January 1993, we invited our Blessed Mother to build her throne in the middle of the world, and on Saturday, 20 January 2018, we celebrated 25 years of this great blessing for the entire Schoenstatt Family. On this date, Auxiliary Bishop, Danilo Echeverría, celebrated the Jubilee Mass as the last act of a triduum of thanksgiving that began with a Covenant Mass on the 18th, followed by Adoration on the 19th, and concluded with a Mass for 500Read More
INTERNATIONAL, Roberto González • For all Schoenstatters, dates are very important, since we remember specific times in our personal histories, such as when a Covenant of Love with Mary was sealed, or our countries’ history, and we especially like to remember the large and small milestones within and outside the Shrine, which is our homeland. The beginning of 2018 is particularly marked by an important anniversary: the 50th year since Fr. Joseph Kentenich, our beloved Father and Founder’s death. Although many of us never had the opportunity to know andRead More
CHILE, Verónica Gutiérez • On 18 January, we had every reason to celebrate. Pope Francis had finished his visit to Chile. He crowned the Virgen de Carmen ( Our Lady of Carmel), patroness of Chile, three times, and it was Covenant Day. The pontiff celebrated his third Mass in the northern part of the country in Iquique, where he crowned the Virgin of Tirana, la “Chinita” as she is affectionately called. Moments later, a thief stole the crown of the Cenacle Shrine of Bellavista. How difficult it is to beRead More
INDIA/ITALY, Maria Fischer with Fr. Simon Donnelly • A few days ago, Fr. Simon Donnelly, a South African Schoenstatt Priest who works in the Vatican, got a Whatsapp message from India with a photo and a few words from an American, Ashley, who is married to an Indian, John, both exemplary Catholics. “They live in Rome but are visiting in-laws in Goa. They know that I am attached to Schoenstatt and so they sent this photo to me from India a couple of days ago,” Fr. Simon shared. And thisRead More
PARAGUAY, Andrés Romero • On 25 December, the day we recall Jesus’ birth, the Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth from Asunción joyfully re-inaugurated their training house after many months of planning and prayer. But why re-inaugurate? For those who do not know, on 7 September 2016, there was a sad event: a short circuit in one of the rooms caused a fire that, although it was quickly controlled, affected the entire structure of the house, because of the black smoke and the heat of the fire. Despite this misfortune, the Blessed MotherRead More
GERMANY, Maria Fischer with material from the Press Office of the Diocese of Wuerzburg • In the worldwide Schoenstatt Family, when people talk about “deacons”, many think of the young men who are on the way to the priesthood as Schoenstatt Fathers or diocesan priest and who are working in parishes. Some think of a married permanent deacon: Joao Luiz Pozzobon from Santa Maria, Brazil, the initiator of the Pilgrim Mother Movement. This is the missionary face of Schoenstatt, the lay apostolic movement that started so many years ago aroundRead More
ITALY, Maria Lucrezia Rallo • 2017 has surely been a year this large Schoenstatt Family will remember, among other things, for Italy’s first group of Apostles, and Sicily and Apulia’s first Girls’ Youth. It was a year when everyone’s collaboration allowed Mary’s light to enter the hearts of those we met on the way as one small group of little girls bore witness —these Apostles, who in their littleness present their reality to Mary daily. Christmas is… In concluding this year, these small Apostles from Marineo carried out (in onlyRead More