Kentenich Category

EUROPE, Pilar Bacigalupo, Corina Blankenberg • At the end of August, a pedagogical seminar for educators took place at House Marienau in Schoenstatt.  The participants felt very well taken care of, and in the weeks since, have amassed the fruits of their labor from those days and put them together. Discover the pedagogy of Father Kentenich and spread it. Present the different facets of his pedagogy in such a way that they can be effective not only to accompany one spiritually, but also to be used in schools, in businessRead More
NIGERIA, Collins Ike Nwafor • On 21 September 2017, the Schoenstatt Fathers in Nigeria celebrated a tripartite event: the end of the Course Tertianship for the Apostles of the Covenant of Love; this Course’s sealing a Covenant of Love with Father Joseph Kentenich; and the official beginning of the “Kentenich Year” as inaugurated on 15 September, 2017 by the entire Schoenstatt Movement. The immanence of God continues to radiate in humanity through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God promised by Christ and descended upon the ApostlesRead More
Fr. Alberto E. Eronti, Buenos Aires, Argentina There are questions that touch bottom, that constitute a radical challenge; they are those that leave no alternative, they must be answered.  For example, this was Martha’s experience in Bethany (Jn.11: 26) when Jesus upon affirming “Those who believe in me will live, even though they die,” He asks: “Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord, I do believe.”  This also was the question Father Kentenich asked a group of Schoenstatt Fathers who went to see him about problems they thought could not beRead More
Fr. Borja Coello de Portugal, Director of the Movement in Spain • We are back from vacation; for some it was a long time and for others it was short.  And we have ahead of us a marked course by the person of Father Kentenich.  From 15 September 2017 to 15 September 2018 as a Family, we are invited to prepare for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the death of our Father. In this past course, we have tried to get set on fire by “Father’s Fire.”  ThisRead More
Fr. Guillermo Carmona, National Director of the Schoenstatt Movement in Argentina • It was raining in Schoenstatt on September 20th when the hearse carrying the coffin of Father Kentenich was leaving the Original Shrine, and heading toward the church of the Blessed Trinity on Mount Schoenstatt.  Sisters of Mary bearing a white lily in their hands surrounded the vehicle.  Thus they acknowledged him, as a father, who without generating physical life had consecrated himself totally to others. I observed all of this from a bend in the road, taking careRead More
GERMANY, Dorothee Alberty • On 3-4 September 2017 fifty years had passed since Fr Kentenich visited the Centre of the Schoenstatt Movement in the Archdiocese of Freiburg, Germany. It is called “Marienfried” and is situated in the little town of Oberkirch at the entrance to the Rench Valley. The motivation for this visit was because the Schoenstatt Family in the Archdiocese of Freiburg had developed its diocesan ideal. It has spent the past year preparing for this jubilee and is celebrating it in many ways: with a vigil for theRead More
OPENING OF THE KENTENICH YEAR – Fr. JUAN PABLO CATOGGIO • The Schoenstatt Movement all over the world opens a “Kentenich Year” today, September 15, 2017, in preparation of the 50th anniversary of its founder’s death. The emphasis is not put on the internal life of the Schoenstatt Family itself but rather outside, committing to share his charism and asking for the grace of apostolic zeal and fruitfulness in order to be creative and daring in the moment of sharing his message. “You’re aware that a charism is not aRead More
Fr. Guillermo Carmona • For our Schoenstatt Family, Father Kentenich is one of his most central truths – “a point of contact,” we say – along with the Blessed Mother and the Shrine.  He is also an example of the “Covenant that transforms.”  His life history could have transformed him into a bitter person, rancorous, and vindictive. He could have ended up depressed and tormented, like so many prisoners from the concentration camps, renouncing even the Church like those who suffer from the injustice and authoritarianism of some of itsRead More
CHILE, María de los Ángeles Miranda Bustamante • Embraces between Schoenstatters from different generations and cities were the beginning for the 70th anniversary celebration of the Movement’s Founding in Chile on that rainy 27th of June 1947, in the house on Pasaje Quinta # 28, on the Valparaiso plan. The Document signed by the Founder On that occasion, a group of ladies and Father Kentenich signed the Founding Document, where they committed themselves to always carry forth the founders’ ideal which called them to distinguish themselves from the masses whereverRead More
GERMANY, Josef Tasch • What, don’t you know Kentenich?  The saying comes from a question, a song line – a motto for the youth vigil in Oberkirch.  It is really understandable only in German, but the temptation to make it into a play of words has continued for decades. A great festival was celebrated 50 years ago in Oberkirch on June 18 for the occasion of the visit of Father Joseph Kentenich in the Schoenstatt center “Marienfried.” On this occasion, the Schoenstatt Youth uses the annual pillar festival in orderRead More