Schoenstatt – Reaching out Category

Interview with Matthias Gross, Germany, Volunteer at Casa del Niño in Villa Ballester • Matthias Gross volunteered at Casa del Niño in Gran Buenos Aires from August 2016 to August 2017.  The Casa is located near the Schoenstatt Daughter Shrine in the Villa Ballester district and is a Schoenstatt Family project, the Family Federation and the Campaign of the Pilgrim Mother are the primary sponsors. Father Kentenich visited Villa Ballester several times, because many German immigrants found housing there after the Second World War.  This is the place, where theRead More
CHILE, Carmen M. Rogers • Approximately five years or more, I left the advertising agency where I worked for more than twenty years. I left, but the Blessed Mother, the Father, and the Shrine did not. To the desperation of my successor but to the joy of others, their presence remained without anyone daring to remove them. For five years, I had played the fool, but the fatal day arrived. The office had moved to new facilities, and on the eve of the 15 August holiday, a classic cardboard boxRead More
CHILE, Carmen M. Rogers • The Pilgrim Mother’s adventures and travels do not recognize limits or borders. It might be in a store in San Martín de los Andes or in the picá de Concón [economical restaurant with excellent and abundant food], in an operating room, a stockbroker’s office, or she welcome you to the only house in a mountain range’s lost corner, or quietly in an elegant living room of that mansion; she is always there. Pope Francis tells us – Do not be surprised: she is the PilgrimRead More
PANAMA, Fer Castro and Maria Fischer • On 18 September 2017, the Blessed Mother’s Wayside Shrine was blessed in the San Francisco de la Caleta Parish, in Panama City. During the same celebration, two girls from Girls Youth were commissioned as Pilgrim Mother missionaries along with some of the women. A play, “A Beautiful Place” was presented in this parish a couple of months ago. Inspired by the Schoenstatt pedagogy, it was directed by Dario Ramírez, a young political refugee from Venezuela, who schoenstatt.org interviewed recently. This parish will beRead More
TANZANIA/MEXICO, Arturo Martínez • Why come so far if there is such great economic need in Mexico? It was one of the first questions that I was asked when I arrived in Africa to begin an experience that would mark me for life. I left for Africa in June, along with three other friends and members of the Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth, seeking to share experiences, to learn about different cultures, to grow as people, and to see how to continue to support the development of our country. Throughout almost twoRead More
GERMANY, Gisela Sonka, Rita Löhr, Hna. Cordula-Maria Leidig • With little candles in their hands and trembling knees, some Wiesbaden Schoenstatters went to the weekly market in Wiesbaden-Biebrich; they invited passersby to light these candles for a loved one, and that they would also do it at St. Marien Church, where Eucharistic Adoration was taking place at that time. Many entered…it all began with quiet moments of Eucharistic Adoration in the shrine and during the “Sunday coffee.” Sunday coffee Since 1 September 2016, an hour of Eucharistic Adoration four timesRead More
URUGUAY, Juan Andrés Nopitsch • Saturday dawned very cloudy and rainy in Montevideo, but that did not stop the educators from deciding to retreat. The meeting spot was in Plaza Cuba, and from there they traveled to Neva Helvecia, Departamento Colonia, where the Schoenstatt Shrine, the first replica of the Original Shrine is located; it was built in 1943 in the midst of World War II. These times for educators are planned by the ministry as an ideal time to pause, to “recharge one’s batteries,” and its objective is toRead More
Maria Fischer, interview of Fr. Egon M. Zillekens • “What is my Blessed Mother doing in your house?” This was a Schoenstatter’s surprised and at the same time happy, although also a little indignant, exclamation on his first visit to his girlfriend’s parents’ home, who were not Schoenstatters. This also called to mind, seeing Fr. Egon Zilleken’s face during his pleasant exchange with Liz and Juan Álvarez from Buenos Aires, who were recently appointed as Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign National Advisers of Argentina, during their visit to Schoenstatt in mid-September, asRead More
ARGENTINA, Ana Echevarría • Large and small wayside shrines: nailed in mountain areas, forests and valleys, towns and cities, and roadsides. The Mother Thrice Admirable’s wayside shrines sown by the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign are raised braving bad weather: wind, snow, heat, and cold in different places around the world. The popular creativity of missionaries from different nations where these shrines are found displays enormous diversity. However there is something that they all have in common, something that unites them. It is the immense love borne of a Mother’s restless heartRead More
ITALY, Gian Francesco Romano “I do not want to imitate someone else, I just want to be the best possible version of Piero.” If not by definition a Personal Ideal, it is something very close to it. Spelling it out repeatedly during his twelve months of mission work in Rome is Piero Florio, a big Paraguayan fellow who arrived in the Eternal City a little older than 20 years, but able to leave a mark on the people he met. The Mission within the Mission A Paraguayan, with Italian bloodRead More