ARGENTINA/PARAGUAY, Marcelo Lima. The first meeting for the new leaders of the Schoenstatt Family Institute for the Argentina/Paraguay Region was held under the international motto of the Family Institute for this Jubilee year, "From Nazareth: Your Covenant - our mission." It was strongly marked by a desire to deepen the meaning of the 100 years of the Covenant of Love for each family and the community.
BRAZIL, Sr. M. Nilza. Starting out in Dourados, a municipality to the south east of Mato Grosso do Sul, 41 pilgrims arrived at the shrine in Atibaia, São Paulo, where they started the Jubilee Year in the best way possible -- by spending two days (7-9 February) immersing themselves in the source of our origin.
BRAZIL, Sr. M. Ivanir Castro. On 2 February, the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, the Schoenstatt Movement in Santa Maria, Brazil, held its 55th Pilgrimage Walk for the families who receive the pilgrim mother.
BOLIVIA, Roberto Henestrosa y Alexandra Kempff. The Schoenstatt Family in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia hosted a week filled with apostolic activities geared towards the apostolic formation of families in this Jubilee year. They invited Cardinal Julio Terrazas and the Jensens -- Pilar Escudero and Luis Jensen -- members of the Schoenstatt Secular Institute of Families in Santiago de Chile.
GERMANY, Wolfgang Fella. Couples from the dioceses of Freiburg, Limburg, Munster, Speyer and Wurzburg met for a spiritual weekend in the House of the Families in Schoenstatt. This was the sixth time that Sr Vernita Weiss and Fr Bernhard Schneider had invited couples to this special occasion. In our Jubilee Year everything naturally centred on what had happened in 1914.
USA, Angie Santos. The leaders of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign in Texas participated in a workshop on 10-12 January at the beautiful Schoenstatt Center in Lamar Texas. The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen the State Team leaders in Schoenstatt spirituality, reflect on the Jubilee graces and to create enthusiasm for new apostolic challenges. The group consisted of representatives from the various dioceses around Texas where the Rosary Campaign is active.
CHILE, cmr. The editors of schoenstatt.org received the following information today from Fr Mariano Irurreta, Provincial Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers Pentecostés Province, Chile. It has filled us with joy during our pilgrimage in the year of gifts and grace, and encouraged us to increase our contributions to the capital of grace of the Mother Thrice Admirable and Queen of Schoenstatt.
EL SALVADOR, mda. “I have already contacted Ana Mercedes, and we will try to meet along with others who are interested in the Schoenstatt Movement,” wrote Mario Erneso Cerna, from El Salvador. Ana Mercedes Gutiérrez de Nieuwenhuis is the coordinator of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign in El Salvador, and Mario Ernesto Cerna had communicated with Schoenstatt (that is, with schoenstatt.org) two days before, after successfully looking on the Internet for a picture of the Virgin that he liked very much and that only said: “Schoenstatt”.
GERMANY, Wolfgang Fella. The various forms of giving and receiving gifts were the focal point of the two Advent weekends for families on the Marienhoehe, Wurzburg. It's a subject not just for the time of Advent before Christmas and the marathon of exchanging presents that follows.
PERÚ, Queca Espinoza. It is the announced night, Christmas Eve, the Holy Night, waiting for of the birth of the Savior. Participation in the Holy Mass in the Shrine of La Molina took place first before sharing the arrival of the Little Child Jesus with family and friends.