Schoenstatt – Reaching out Category

PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke and Maria Fischer • On that 18 October 1914, she promised us: “Then from there I will draw youthful hearts…” Then, when did we prove with our deeds that we really love her? When we go out to take the covenant of love as a covenant of solidarity from the shrine to the peripheries. When we open our hearts and allow that in our hugs, in our lives, in our deeds, and yes, in our material donations, she, the Mother of all men and especially theRead More
CHILE, Gustavo Hanna Crespo • Since 2012, seminarians from Major College have had a project of social insertion in the southern area of Santiago, Chile, specifically in the community of Puente Alto. In this same place, the Schoenstatt Fathers’ community has a school that takes care of children, teens and youths from this area. Puente Alto is where the Major College’s Holy Week Missions are carried out. The project consists in living in a house for one year with two or three seminarians serving pastorally in the catechesis of theRead More
ARGENTINA, Juan Barbosa • Exactly five years from the first Madrugada (Daybreak), on 17 November, the “Madrugadores del Cerro” celebrated with a Holy Mass, the immense loyalty to the Blessed Mother over these past five years, and the perseverance of each one of the men. Providentially the ceremony coincided with the 30th Anniversary of the priestly ordination of their adviser, Fr. Juan José Riba. The celebration was complete! A little bit of history They were born in Comodoro Rivadavia, province of Chubut, the cradle of the Argentinean Madrugadores, and littleRead More
PERÚ, Fr. Marcelo Aravena • The first workday of IV CIEES Congress in Lima, Perú, began with the Cardinal Primate of Lima, Juan Luis Cipriani. The family, education, the source of work, and the entrepreneur are in a “state of emergency,” affirmed Cardinal Cipriani, in his homily to the participants of the congress during Holy Mass celebrated in the chapel at the University of Piura, on November 3. Therefore he encouraged the CIEES members not to give up the struggle of giving Catholic witness in the world of business andRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • On 2 December I received the sad news that the Schoenstatt Shrine in Johannesburg had been robbed. The thieves had got in through a window and stolen everything containing some kind of metal (probably to be melted or sold), including the tabernacle. Thank God the Schoenstatt Sister who stays on the property was unharmed. Bad news always spreads quickly and of course, the biggest concern, over and above the loss of our precious symbols in the shrine is what happened to the tabernacle and theRead More
ARGENTINA, Alicia Granieri • In Alférez Pedro San Martín, a town never actually took shape. Its life revolves around the train station where the train no longer comes, and the small population is dispersed. This spot, in the Partido de Bahía Blanca, south of the Province of Buenos Aires, is a horticultural area irrigated by the Sauce Chico River, which justifies having an elementary and pre-school. Leonardo Klein is a teaching assistant at the school, and he knows all the people’s spiritual needs living there. The majority are families fromRead More
PERU, Carlos Barrio • The Fourth Congress of the International Community of Schoenstatt Businessmen and Executives (CIEES Spanish acronym) took place on November 3rd and 4th in Lima, Peru.  Peruvian members of CIEES carefully prepared the congress, which was noticed in all the organizational details, and was an excellent event with different countries’ great participation.  Congratulations for an organizational job well done and for the Peruvian’s warmth. The desire to share In great measure, the organizers took the observations made at the CIEES Congress in Monterrey, Mexico into account regardingRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sr. Suzanne Duncan, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • At a time when marriage and family life are in crisis, the  Family Branch in Cape Town took a Hungarian program for married couples and adapted it to the local South African context. Two years on, the Marriage Camino has borne much fruit and revitalized the Schoenstatt Family, when 11 families made their Covenant of Love in the Shrine at Constantia. Born in Hungary, adapted for South Africa The idea and inspiration of a pilgrimage way for couples originated in Óbudavár, Hungary.Read More
INTERNATIONAL, Ana C. de Echevarría • In early November, the first 250 wayside shrines photos arrived from the different places around the world and left for Belmonte in order to be present for the opening of the Retreat House on November 16, 2017; more continue to arrive. But these 250 are the ones that opened the way. They showed that the Blessed Mother is happy with this project of uniting all her wayside shrines in a picture of the large Original Pilgrim Mother that will preside in the João LuisRead More
PARAGUAY, Amada Girett • “Mission accomplished Mother Thrice Admirable! Thank you for allowing us to be your little donkeys,” the missionaries from Santa Rita prayed upon arriving on pilgrimage on Sunday, November 12, at the Shrine of Terruño in Ciudad del Este. They renewed their missionary commitment, there was a census of the Pilgrim Mothers, and a group celebrated their Covenant of Love. Upon renewing the mission, they also prayed: “Just as one day you chose us to be your missionaries, today we continue to say, “Yes,” for one moreRead More