USA, Jesse Cortes. Forty five years ago marked the beginning of a spiritual journey for a group of boys in Corpus Christi, Texas. Filled with a passion for the mission of Schoenstatt, they set out to walk forty two miles to the Schoenstatt Shrine in Lamar to commemorate the ordination of Father Kentenich. A true offering of love that began in 1969, the Schoenstatt Boys Walk has been a testament to the heroic willingness that young men have offered to the Blessed Mother and united with Father Kentenich year after year. This time was no less different. In July, forty five men and boys consciously offered up their aches, prayers and songs in honor of Father Kentenich’s priesthood as they endured the hot sun and long roads convinced that the mission of Schoenstatt still thrives in youthful and fiery hearts.
USA, Carlos Cantú. The Schoenstatt Family in Texas held a very special celebration in Corpus Christi, Texas on July 12, 2014. More than 200 Schoenstatters, from different parts of Texas, came to Corpus Christi this past Saturday, July 12th, to commemorate a most significant event in our Texas Schoenstatt history. The significant event being commemorated was the visit from our Father and Founder, Father Joseph Kentenich, to the bishop of Corpus Christi in 1948. His visit with the then bishop, the Most Rev. Emmanuel Ledvina, led to the bishop’s petition for Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary to come and work in the Corpus Christi Diocese.
ITALY, Calogero Tuzzolino. Once again his year was held in Marineo, on the feast of Corpus Christi, one of the most important and solemn feasts of the community, because for eight days, Jesus in the Eucharist is carried in procession through the streets of the town, thus giving the opportunity to all, including the sick, to receive His blessing.
BOLIVIA, Lizzie Loetz. Sunday Mass at the Shrine of Achumani in La Paz, Bolivia, on June 29th, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, had a different, happy and motivational homily. Father José Neuenhofer had prepared a unique interview for us, which caused us to reflect profoundly on our enjoyment for soccer, the current world cup that was taking place, and how we should apply the essence of soccer in our lives.
CHILE, Susy Jacob. Following the call of the Church to prepare oneself and to go out and to conduct a Territorial Mission, the Schoenstatt Movement initiated the Missions in Punta Arenas in their diocese. Approximately ten families, with fathers, mothers, children, grandparents etc. visited the houses of the new quarter Altos del Bosque, located on Frei Avenue, beside the Blessed Mother’s wayside shrine.
PERÚ, Queca Espinoza. “A beautiful moment of graces and as a family” summarized Chivi Best, of the Schoenstatt Movement, about the experience during the Feast of Corpus Christi. On Sunday the 22nd, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani invited all the Movements to be a part of this great celebration in the Cathedral of Lima. The number of people was impressive, all the Catholic Movements were eager to show their posters, and to be present among the people. They exchanged holy cards of every vocation; it was a celebration.
ARGENTINA, red. Last Fathers´ Day before the 11 o’clock Mass at the Shrine, something truly special happened: for the first time twelve men sealed their Covenant of Love with the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. This is the seed which would develop into the Men´s Branch around the Shrine “Tabor of Mary, heart of the city”!
ENGLAND, Fr. Bryan Cunningham. Bishop Brain will bless the Mosaic Prayer Garden at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Kearsley, Manchester. After many years of preparation the Mosaic, a meditation on the Dachau Prayers of Schoenstatt’s Founder Father Joseph Kentenich has been completed by Paul Cooper.
BRAZIL, Sister M. Nilza P. da Silva. Geraldo Alckmin, Governor of the State of São Paulo, instituted October 18th of every year beginning in 2014, as a commemorative date of the Covenant of Love Day. Therefore, law N° 15.462 is published in the official calendar of the State of São Paulo as “Covenant of Love Day”.
ARGENTINA, Silvia Losada. 2014 is a year of graces! An atmosphere of celebration exists in every corner of the world where there is a Schoenstatter! The small province of Tucumán, in northern Argentina, prepares for the enormous challenge of renewing the Covenant of Love on October 18th. It is not just one more Covenant. The Schoenstatt Family knows that it assumes the commitment of taking the inheritance of Father Joseph Kentenich to the Church and the world and bringing many allies with hearts on fire to the Shrine, to receive the graces that given in that place.