Dilexit ecclesiam Category

INTERVIEW with Fr. Egon M. Zillekens • From Monday 23 October until Friday 27 October 2017 the members of the General Presidium were in Rome for their annual closed conference. An official report on their meeting with Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has already been published, and the photos of the encounter with Pope Francis before and after the early morning Mass in Santa Maria in the Osservatore Romano, as well as the sermon of this day are already circulating round the worldRead More
VATICAN, Fr. Antonio Bracht, on behalf of the General Presidium • On October 24th, 2017, the General Presidium of Schoenstatt visited Cardenal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the recently founded Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, as part of their annual work meeting in Rome.  The Secretary of this Dicastery, Schoenstatt Father Alexandre Awi Mello received them.  Also present was Sr. Maria Pilar, who works as secretary in the same dicastery. First, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, as head of the General Presidium, greeted the Cardinal and the Secretary. The different communitiesRead More
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