Dilexit ecclesiam Category

COLOMBIA, Alida Becerra • The Schoenstatt youth in Bogotá attended the meeting with Pope Francis in Bolivar Square. They were among 22.000 youth who had gathered from 4 in the morning to welcome the Pope. Working with the impulses of the Colombian Church The youth prepared themselves for the meeting with the Holy Father with Sr. María Amparo Villouta and the leaders of the youth Laura Téllez, Fanny Bravo, Consuelo Iturrieta and Andrea Sánchez. Over three Saturdays, they met at “Mater House” in Bogotá where they learnt more about PopeRead 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
SCHOENSTATTERS AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH: Fr. Alexandre Awi, the new secretary for the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life On 1 September, Fr. Alexandre Awi, a Schoenstatt Father from Brazil, who up until May this year was the National Movement Director for Brazil, officially took up his task as the Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Before starting his new job and after having spent several months in the house of the Schoenstatt Fathers in Trastévere, Rome, where he finished his doctoral thesis and studiedRead More
PERÚ, Queca Espinoza and Manuel Huapaya • “I want to be God’s peasant and that is how I feel.” Making the words of the Apostolic Nuncio Bishop Girazolli his own, the new Bishop of Caravelí, Bishop Reinaldo Nann began his homily, but not before greeting and thanking his mother, Gerda Nann, his brothers, priest friends who came from Germany, and everyone present. Taking possession of the Prelature was celebrated on Tuesday, August 22, the Feast of Mary’s Coronation as Queen of Heaven, in St. Peter the Apostle Cathedral where theRead More
COSTA RICA, Eugenia Cruz de Garnier • On Thursday, August 24, we had the joy of welcoming Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Sisters of Charity for a visit at the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. They brought blessed Rosaries and postcards with a picture of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which they affectionately distributed as a sign of gratitude for the invitation. They feel very united to Schoenstatt through the Unity Cross that St. Mother Teresa adopted for her congregation of Missionaries of Charity priests and forRead More
COLOMBIA, Carlos Aranguren • On September 6 at 4:30 pm, Pope Francis will arrive in Colombia to begin a 4-day agenda of visits that include the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín and Cartagena. The Schoenstatt Youth from Bogotá will go with Sr. Amparo, their flags and t-shirts to Bolívar Square, where Francis will give a blessing from the Archbishop’s Palace, and then they will participate in the Eucharist that the Pope will celebrate in Simón Bolívar Park. There they will join a large group of the adult Branches also wearingRead More
GERMANY, Regina Heilig in Baden Online – Offenburger Tageblatt, Local Press Offentburg • On Monday, August 14, 2017, Deacon Matthias Buerkle and the new chaplain, Fr. Frederik Reith, celebrated the Feast of Mary’s assumption into Heaven with numerous believers at the Schoenstatt Branch Shrine near Zell-Weierbach. It is always very special, when the feast of Mary’s Assumption into heaven is celebrated in the middle of the vines at the Schoenstatt Branch Shrine rather than the parish church in Weingarten.  The Mass was first held there on August 15, 2007, duringRead More
Chile, René Tordoya, Dept. of Communications Diocese of Arica • Just as on every Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption, the Arica Schoenstatt Family and the Diocese of San Marcos of Arica organized a pilgrimage crowned by our spiritual Mother. Very early on 15 August, a large part of our diocese gathered to go on pilgrimage, and to pray the Holy Rosary together, placing many intentions into the Blessed Mother’s hands. The picture of the Pilgrim Mother was carried on a platform from the rotunda at the north exit of the city.Read More
Pope Francis to young people – editorial team • Under the mantle of Mary, you can rediscover the creativity and strength to be protagonists of a culture of alliance and thus to generate new paradigms to guide the life of Brazil” Pope Francis to the youth of Brazil at the closing of Rota 300, 29.07.2017 “I still hadn’t read the Pope’s message. I hope you can share it on schoenstatt.org because it confirms what he told us in 2014 in Paul VI Hall,” commented Fr. Alexandre Awi, the Secretary ofRead More
PERÚ, Manuel Huapaya • “Thank you, Reinaldo, for your missionary heart, for loving Peru!” With these words, Bishop Salvador Piñeiro (President of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference) concluded his homily on Tuesday, 15 August, on the Feast of the Assumption of the Most Holy Virgin Mary when the Lord gave us the joy of the Episcopal Consecration of one his sons.  Bishop Reinaldo Nann, a diocesan priest from the Archdiocese of Freiburg, Germany, who has worked in Peru for more than twenty years and who is also a member of theRead More