Schoenstatt – Reaching out Category

ARGENTINA, Fr. Esteban Casquero • The Schoenstatt University Mission “Kairos Patris 2018” was carried out 21-28 January in Saldungaray, a small town within the Coarca de Sierra de la Ventana region in the Archdiocese of Bahía Blanca. — Three years ago, we began the re-founding of the Boys’ Youth and the Girls’ Youth in the Cathedral of Bahía Blanca. Slowly youths joined that wanted to give their hearts to the Blessed Mother in the Covenant of Love. During the week, the youths met in the Cathedral’s halls, and they hadRead More
CRUZADA DE MARIA, Juan Pablo Leucke • Last Monday, they reached the goal. On 20 January, 120 young men from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and Portugal deepened in the Cruzada de María, on the seventh edition of a journey consisting of walking 400 kilometers and crossing the Andes Mountain Range, from the Mendoza shrine to the Bellavista Shrine (Santiago, Chile) on an adventure that lasted seventeen days. We asked one of them to share his personal testimony. – When one must tell something like this experience, theRead More
PARAGUAY, Ricardo Acosta • 31 January 2018, a hot afternoon, Mother of Tupãrenda House prepared for the graduation of three participants, the first of 2018. The other companions were also very expectant of what was going to happen, since it was the first experience for some. All of them were dressed in their best clothes, and the brand-new graduates as well as those who would receive sacraments got ready for a big celebration. The ceremony began with the Holy Eucharistic in the shadow of the Tupãrenda Shrine, accompanied by relatives,Read More
ARGENTINA, by Giselle Vargas, ACI Prensa, and Claudia Echenique • Fr. Santiago Arriola is convinced that “our entire life, in all its expressions and dimensions, asks for and can be evangelized,” thus, along with Fr. Pablo Etchepareborda, they decided to initiate a “Surfing Ministry” on Argentina’s Mar del Plata. While it is in the “process of development” without any outline or defined timeline, there are two experiences that have encouraged the continuation of these gatherings. The first experience was in Summer 2016, when Fr. Pablo Etchepareborda blessed the boards, sea,Read More
PARAGUAY, Dequení and editorial team • Two teenage girls from Arroyos y Esteros, and San Ignacio, Misiones, took the voices of children and youths from Paraguay to the End Violence Solutions Summit on 14 and 15 February in Stockholm, Sweden. The Swedish Government in cooperation with the Global Alliance and Global Partnership to end the violence against children gathering organized the event. This is about Ángeles (17) and Leticia (15), active leaders in their communities, through Canadian Christian Foundation for Children and Aldeas Infantiles SOS (SOS Children’s Villages) Paraguay, respectively.Read More
GERMANY, Renate Immler und Maria Fischer • Many did not believe in it, a few had doubts … and a few were not deterred, not even by the lack of money, empty information events and skepticism wherever one looked.  If you dream about something very hard, then it’s almost there.  And then it happens, and you know: it is right. Meanwhile, the Josef Kentenich School has existed for five years.  Following the example of the Memhoelzer Conference, a very dynamic school conference held in November 2017.  Along with parents, students,Read More
COSTA RICA, Margarita Morera de Escorriola • Some of the couples went in total agreement toward growing on their way to marriage, but others went to please a fiancé that had cajoled or pleaded beforehand. Thus on Sunday, 21 January 2018, forty-four couples met in the first Gathering for Engaged Couples, held in the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. The requirements for participating in the Gathering “Getting to know one another as a Couple” were that both had to be over the age of 18 havingRead More
ARGENTINA, Lilita and Carlos Ricciardi, Maria Fischer • Accompanied by prayers and capital of grace of many people from La Plata and elsewhere made the Family Missions this year special with this touch of jubilee since it was the twentieth time that families and youths from La Plata went on mission. When Luis and Lorena Folonier with their three children now participating in their first mission as parents (although nineteen years ago they did it as an engaged couple) took the offering up during the Mass, it was an impressiveRead More
CRUZADA DE MARÍA, José Argüello and Maria Fischer The media and members of schoenstatt.org editorial team’s prayers along with many more all over the world have accompanied them. Participants of a spiritual retreat in Lisbon, Portugal, prayed for them during the Mass, the Schoenstatt Family from Tucumán, Argentina, is praying, especially for six members of the Boys’ Youth from Tucumán who are a part of Cruzada de Maria. On the walk through the Andes Mountain Range, on Sunday, 28 January, they arrived at Christ the Redeemer Monument of Peace erectedRead More
ARGENTINA, Inés Petiti • For many years, the Schoenstatt Family from the Corrientes province has dreamed of building a Shrine. There are many wayside shrines in these lands in northeast Argentina, the next one more beautiful than the other, but the closest Schoenstatt Shrines are in Oberá (400 km), Paraná (600 km) and Asunción, Paraguay (350 km). They are too far to visit or go to on pilgrimage often, and even more so for the poor people of the Rosary Campaign. In Corrientes they are already searching for land; theyRead More