Kentenich Category

CHILE, Sr. Jimena Alliende • At mid-morning on 23 June 1947, Father Joseph Kentenich, Founder of the Schoenstatt Family, accompanied by Sr. M. Ursula and Sr. M. Cándida, boarded a plane from Buenos Aires bound for Santiago, Chile. While crossing the Andes mountain range, the plane suddenly fell into an air pocket.  Upon recovering altitude, Father Kentenich asked the Sisters: OK…what did you think? Did you get scared?  Did you feel anxious? No…responded the Sisters … anxiety…not any…..It went so quickly down that….. Why not? Asked Father. Because we wereRead More
PARAGUAY, Sonia and José Zaracho • After a great deal of contemplating as to how we could weave together some lines about everything that she has taught us, transmitted, and shown us about our Father and Founder… today, almost a month since her visit, I can transcribe what Maria Fischer’s visit, on 13 March, meant to the Diocese of Encarnación. For the third consecutive year, her visits to our country have now become customary; Maria enters Paraguay at the same place, Posadas, Argentina, the place from which our Father andRead More
PARAGUAY, Horacio Chávez • Some months ago, Maria Fischer, a communicator and leader of the schoenstatt.org team, confirmed her visit to Paraguay. We contacted her to arrange a talk in Tupãrenda. There were great expectations about this event because of the proposed subject:  “To see how you see and to speak like you speak; communicate heart to heart like Fr. Joseph Kentenich,” an excellent subject and a beloved speaker in Paraguay. Months of preparations and adjustments were made preceding the great day of 26 March. Very early that morning ourRead More
GERMANY, Sr. M. Elinor Grimm 75th Year Anniversary of Father Kentenich’s arrival to the Dachau Concentration Camp – March 13, 1942:  On this occasion, a day’s event was offered at Dachau Memorial Center on Saturday, March 11.  March 13, 1942 was the day when Father Kentenich arrived with the prisoner’s transport from Koblenz to Dachau concentration camp. We know there were unexpected clandestine encounters during his departure on March 11th, especially at the Koblenz train station.  An evangelical supervisor from the Gestapo Jail, known as the “small messenger,” waited onRead More
Interview with Fr. Angel Strada who was Postulator for the Cause of Beatification for Father Joseph Kentenich until January of 2017. The interview, first published on the German national website in December, and later in five languages on schoenstatt.org, had a strong reaction, and is among one of the most read articles on schoenstatt.org during the last twelve months. There are topics on Father Kentenich’s personality as a human being and on moments that imply doubts about his way of acting that are rarely shared in Schoenstatt.  What reactions resultedRead More
By Prof. Dr. Hubertus Brantzen, Germany • Three years after the Gymnich pilgrimage book originated during the 2014 Jubilee, the book remains current and stands as an invitation to visit Gymnich not only physically but also spiritually.  The editions available in German, Spanish, and English show us the importance of Gymnich for the development of our Father and Founder and the Schoenstatt Movement. The Schoenstatt Movement has a very special feature that other groups can really only dream about –  the Original Shrine. The Shrine, where everything began, has notRead More
Editorial Staff • “I am happy you liked the interview,” Fr. Angel Strada responded to the schoenstatt.org editorial staff’s congratulatory email referring to an interview published on the German Schoenstatt Movement’s official website, www.schoenstatt.de in December 2016, on the occasion of the change of postulators in the process of Father Kentenich’s canonization. We are very happy now to be able to offer the English translation of said interview. Fr. Strada, at the beginning of 2017, you will have surrendered your position as Postulator for the process of beatification for Fr.Read More
Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, President of the General Presidium • Dear Schoenstatt Family, The General Presidium of the Schoenstatt Work has appointed Father Eduardo Aguirre Cancino as the new postulator of the process of beatification of our Founder, Father Joseph Kentenich. He will take over this task for six years from February 2nd 2017. We owe immense gratitude to Fr. Angel Strada, who has promoted the Causa Kentenich for the past 20 years.  It has been a huge and complex challenge, both enriching and demanding. He was able to accomplishRead More
Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town, South Africa • Over the last few weeks, I have spent my weekly Adoration hour meditating on a series of Fr. Kentenich’s sermons given in 1962 to the German immigrant community in Milwaukee (Exchange of Hearts, translated by Fr. Jonathan Niehaus). In the series, our founder speaks about an “exchange of hearts” to describe the Covenant of Love, where we exchange our weak hearts with Mary’s strong heart.  He says that this is the antidote for the “disease” of our times, where we have forgotten howRead More
GERMANY, Maria Fischer • The most moving moment is very quiet and almost as surprising as the moment fifty years ago when Fr Kentenich proclaimed and entered into the covenant of love with God the Father. It happened after the solemn Holy Mass when the organisers were already standing in front of the shrine, and were busy assembling the procession to the shrine. One of them asked, “Where is the Father Symbol?” It was in the hands of Fr Juan Pablo Catoggio, who was carrying it out of the “Elendskirche”.Read More