Original Shrine Category

ORIGINAL SHRINE, Roberto González • In Schoenstatt, we are accustomed to carrying things out differently, that is, we pursue “living organically” like our Father and Founder, Fr. Joseph Kentenich, wanted so much, and on this occasion, uniting young people gathering with the religious was no exception. This ideal was realized the weekend of 1- 3 September 2017, through the “Night of the Shrine”, where more than 500 youths from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Latin America, and other countries met to experience a different time and recharge their batteries before returning toRead More
Maria Fischer • A group of priests and religious who are presently studying German in Kreuzberg – Bonn – visited Schoenstatt this past August 18 to get to know a place and a Movement within the universal Church. “Dear future bishops, nuncios, general superiors…” and in the midst of the confusion of those present: “dear brothers and sisters” and then the ice was broken and even more so when the priests and religious from Asia, Africa and Latin America were doted upon in the cafeteria with cappuccino and cookies.  OnRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Douglas and Vivian Moser (Spain) • The Original Shrine was decorated with red, white, and blue during the days 14-21 July! During those days, the Sisters of Mary, Resia Käppeler and Angelina Duvoisin, by Fr. Deogratias Marakuhiro, of the Schoenstatt Institute of Priests, and some families from Spain, who belong to the Family Work, and who had friendly ties with the couples from this country, welcomed a lively French pilgrimage from Cambrai, Paris, and Toulon. It was an intense time, in which approximately sixty pilgrims, including three priestsRead More
Maria Fischer • Is an article in schoenstatt.org something so very quiet and simple worthwhile? Those who sent their petitions, their desires, their gifts, their desperation and confidence to Mary the Mother of the Lord and our Mother, and who will probably never physically visit, are alone in the Shrine, in her small shrine in the Schoenstatt Valley. They fill more than fifty sheets of paper. Long letters and sometimes very brief ones from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Germany India, Italy, Indonesia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru,Read More
GERMANY, Sebastian Roth• Presenting – With YOU More Happens! With this motto the “Night of the Shrine 2017” wants to offer inspiration and bring Schoenstatt alive at the beginning of September (01-03.09). Even though, on account of its geographical situation, this event mainly attracts German youth and young adults, we will be dealing with topics that are valid worldwide. We want to open Schoenstatt to the world and prepare ourselves for the future. That is why this year’s motto is: “Presenting – With YOU more happens!” Take the step andRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Santiago Goyeneche • We are a small bit of Latin America living in Europe, breathing Schoenstatt’s origin, its present, all its gifts, trying to contribute to a better future for the Movement, the Church and the world. For five weeks, twenty members of the Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth from Latin America are living at “Haus Regina,” Our Lady of Schoenstatt Institute House. We will work in Bundesheim (Covenant House) carrying out different activities and working around the Original Shrine and its ministry. The twenty young men will study Fr.Read More
Maria Fischer • They have arrived! Leaders for the Boys’ Youth from Latin America, who want to live, study, and serve around the Original Shrine for a month, are already in the place of their hearts’ desire. They live in the House of the Institute Our Lady of Schoenstatt (Frauen). They have a work and study place in that part of the Bundesheim, which served for the Jubilee 2014 preparation, and they are grateful for all the prayers accompanying them during previous months. They are also very grateful for theRead More
BRAZIL/ROME, Fr. Rodrigo Ríos, from the Archdiocese of Maceió, Brazil • As a child, my mother once took me to church, and giving me a scapular as a gift, she told me that Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was my godmother, and she would take care of me.  That image remains in my mind as the surrender of one mother to another.  Therefore that simple and beautiful picture always accompanied me.  In my youth, being part of a group of youths, I remember that we would make the consecration toRead More
Maria Fischer • The small bunches of flowers attached to the pews in the Original Shrine were still there from a wedding in the afternoon of 10 June, but they fitted to this simple and beautiful Holy Mass on the eve of Trinity Sunday. In an around the shrine a colourful group of families had gathered to celebrate this feast of the Blessed Trinity, which provides us with a standard for the way we deal with one another, and for our actions today, particularly in politics, globalisation, medical advances andRead More
Maria Fischer • After almost two months, on a sunny afternoon in the month of May, I finally returned to physically go on pilgrimage to the Original Shrine.  I did not go alone, although at that moment no other pilgrim was seen approaching that chapel where more than 100 years ago, a young priest and a handful of teens went out to renew the world. In my purse, I carried approximately 1,000 letters to the Blessed Mother sent over the last two months via that button “Letters to the BlessedRead More