Schoenstatters 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
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
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
On the 90th birthday of Paul M. Rothgerber, Brother of Mary • Roberto Gonzales met me at the door of Mario Hiriart House, the Central House of the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary. It was a dark evening in Advent, and we didn’t go in by the direct route, instead we went through the goldsmiths’ shop.  There you find precious symbols in all sizes and materials that give expression to Schoenstatt’s world of values. Still today they proclaim the covenant of love and our covenant culture allRead More
ARGENTINA, Claudia Echenique • Many wanted to accompany Matías “Tute” Clavijo and Pablo Mori on their priestly ordination day in New Schoenstatt, Florencio Varela because of the affection that everyone has for them, for their Schoenstatt identity since their childhood, for their loyal and generous commitment. On Saturday, October 28, in God the Father Church, Bishop Franciso Pistilli, Bishop of Encarnación and their Novice Master, imposed hands and he consecrated them Christ and the Church’s priests. A special gathering was already apparent days beforehand; Juan Molina, a seminarian, finalized detailsRead More
HUNGARY, Sr. Gertrud-Maria Erhard • Róbert Gódány was buried on September 29, a child of Schoenstatt’s founding couple in Óbudavár/ Hungary, the Gódány Family’s home village, where the Schoenstatt Center also was built. Approximately 700 people attended. Besides his large family, a large part of the Schoenstatt Hungarian Family gathered, despite that it was celebrated on a weekday afternoon. Schoenstatt Movement supporters also attended to pay a final tribute to Róbert Gódány. One example of someone in attendance was the representative of the Budapest city council, who has already participatedRead 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
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
Interview of Darío Ramírez, Venezuelan, a political refugee in Panamá • Darío Ramírez, a young Venezuelan legislator, surprised Pope Francis and his girlfriend when he proposed marriage on Sunday 27 August, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall. The proposal happened during a private audience Pope Francis granted to eighty delegates from different countries, who were participating in the annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network (ICLN) in Rome.  It was a great surprise to see a picture of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt in the young Venezuelan’s hand. ThereRead More