Covenant Life Category

ENGLAND, Clare Lyddieth-Barnes • Preparing for this year’s family week was similar, in many ways, to preparing for any other family week, especially one in the U.K: pack 13 outfits for each child, shorts and sandals as well as cardigans and jumpers, potential fancy dress outfits plus concert costumes, buckets and spades alongside wellies [rubber boots] and waterproofs [raincoats], 70 nappies[diapers] and a pram[baby carriage] with a rain cover. My full packing list would probably take up the whole magazine and, while Patty is eager for articles, I don’t thinkRead More
ENGLAND, Mary Cole • The weather forecast was dire. The tail-end of the hurricanes that had devastated the Atlantic Coast of the USA was due to cross the UK during our crowning weekend with high winds and heavy rain. Our MTA would have to glorify herself. She did! The wind got up on Sunday night when everything was packed away again, and the rain, which we are used to, remained away when we needed it. Thanks to an ecumenical Scarecrow Festival in Kearsley the previous weekend, we were able toRead More
Maria Fischer • At the end of September Fr Dr Michael Joh. Marmann celebrated his eightieth birthday in Schoenstatt with many who had accompanied him on his path through life – as a Schoenstatt Father, as Leader of the Schoenstatt Movement in Germany when it entered into the covenant of love for our people, as well as the year when we commemorated Fr Kentenich’s hundredth birthday. He saw the re-unification of Germany (“God acts in our history”), and was Superior General of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers and ChairmanRead More
Interview with Matthias Gross, Germany, Volunteer at Casa del Niño in Villa Ballester • Matthias Gross volunteered at Casa del Niño in Gran Buenos Aires from August 2016 to August 2017.  The Casa is located near the Schoenstatt Daughter Shrine in the Villa Ballester district and is a Schoenstatt Family project, the Family Federation and the Campaign of the Pilgrim Mother are the primary sponsors. Father Kentenich visited Villa Ballester several times, because many German immigrants found housing there after the Second World War.  This is the place, where theRead More
NIGERIA, Michael Okpala • Thanks to the Blessed Mother, youthful hearts are daily being drawn to the Shrine, and in Nigeria, the mission is spreading and expanding almost hourly. And what is the secret? Like Fr. Kentenich would have said, it is because of the action and presence of the Blessed Mother in Shrine through the Covenant of Love; this is a cause of great joy, and we are happy. Fr. Paul Nwachukwu, who is in-charge of the Schoenstatt Movement in Nigeria and the Rector of the Shrine, is doingRead More
MEXICO, Fr. Felipe Ríos with Maria Fischer • “Dear website staff, Thank you for all your work, which is so helpful to the Movement at the international level. As the National Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Mexico, I would like to share the joy of our new national website: www.schoenstatt.mx We announced it at our last National Gathering of Leaders on September 1-3.”   Check it out! A long awaited website that is definitely worth visiting. It contains Mexican Schoenstatt Movement news briefs, schedules and other useful information aboutRead More
HUNGARY, Csermák Kálmán – Schoenstatt Movement, Hungary/Maria Fischer • Róbert Gódány, one of the founders of the Hungarian Schoenstatt Family, died in the afternoon of 19 September 2017. As one of the first Schoenstatt families in Hungary, the Gódány family settled in Obudavar on Lake Balaton after their return from Austria, and this is where the first Schoenstatt shrine in Hungary was dedicated in 2005. When Robert visited Fr Kentenich in Milwaukee, the words of advice he received came to a climax in the motto: “My home country (Hungary) hasRead More
PARAGUAY, Sebastián y Concepción Martín • The Ayolas, Paraguay Schoenstatt community shared a gathering of great joy and fruitfulness on the road to their Covenant of Love with the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. On September 2, Fr. Tommy Nin Mitchell, the Schoenstatt National Director in Paraguay, celebrated a double ceremony, and Fr. Esteban Chaparro, the pastor of Ayolas, con-celebrated. Strong growth In the two and a half years since the Ayolas’ Schoenstatt Family Branch founding, there are already three working groups with a total of thirty couples. The firstRead More
BRAZIL, Melissa Rossatti • August is the month dedicated to vocations in the Church. For the Caierias Schoenstatt Family, the Shrine’s final phase of construction activities during the past month accompanied the reflections in the liturgy day to day about every vocation. From the first week, there was still much to do and the days were intense. The bell tower was finished at the beginning of the month, one by one the shingles were already cut and placed and in truly handcrafted work. On Tuesday on the grounds, an enormousRead More
BRAZIL, Paulo Zambolin via www.jumasbrasil.com.br • Representatives of the Boys’ Youth (Jumas) from all over Brazil attended their IX National Forum, which was held in the Puer et Pater Schoenstatt Shrine, in Itaara, Rio Grande do Sul, which brought together eighty young people along with their advisers, Frs. Alfonso Wosny, Clodoaldo Kamimura, Ailton Brito, Julio Rodrigues, Br. Mandred Worlitschek, and seminarians Gabriel Oberle and Filipe Araujo. The objective of the forum was to reflect and decide about the youths’ direction and aspirations for the coming year. These young people tookRead More