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.
MEXICO, Gabriela de la Garza. On May 18th, the Schoenstatt Family from Monterrey, Mexico, celebrated the 12th Anniversary of the Shrine Mary Road to Heaven, and they wanted to do by crowning of the Blessed Mother. The pilgrims from the different points of the city arrived since 10:00 a.m. and they began to go up the hill where the Shrine is located. The shared enthusiasm was perceived in the air, vans filled with Mary’s faithful went up eager to witness her glorious crowning.
ZIMBABWE, Marlene Peter. The Zimbabwe Schoenstatt Family first crowned Our Blessed Mother Mary, “QUEEN OF AFRICA” on 31 May 1981, just a year after the liberation war ended and independence was declared in Zimbabwe. The country had suffered much during this war and there were many wounds, physical, economical, and especially spiritual.
CHILE, Cristina Quiroz de Tagle. The preparations for the 65th Anniversary of the 31st of May were made well in advance. The Vergara Arthur couple were in charge of the organization and they were very efficient. They made sure that every detail in the Shrine was impeccable and as always, the Bellavista couples very willingly cooperated in everything. It was an open invitation to all the Branches of Santiago: Mass at 12:30, procession to the Shrine, adoration, a tent for lunch, a musical work and talks. Approximately 1,000 people were expected, then they began to arrive very early, and they came and came; 2,300 people came. Many remained outside the church.
BOLIVIA, Lizzie Loetz. It was news in the Catholic Bolivian media: “The Schoenstatt Movement celebrates forty years’ presence in Bolivia and the 100th Anniversary of its founding at the international level. The Shrine of Achumani was declared a Jubilee chapel of the Church. The Schoenstatt Family in Bolivia celebrated it on Saturday, May 17th, Edmundo Abastoflor, Archbishop of La Paz, celebrated the Holy Mass and pilgrims and missionaries arrived with joy and effort…”
CHILE, mre. During this jubilee year, the God of heaven wants to give Colina, Chile a new Throne of Graces to the Blessed Mother. After fifteen years of capital of grace, emotion and joy overcame the hearts of the Family. It is because Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati will bless the Beautiful Valley of the Child Jesus Shrine on Saturday November 8, 2014. In December of last year, the construction began with a ceremony in which the foundation of the Shrine was laid. The first thing that they offered was a relic of the Original Shrine, praying to God that “from this Jubilee Shrine, He would give a new eruption of graces for our time.”
BRAZIL, Pauline Alemeida. The founder of the Schoenstatt Movement, Fr. Joseph Kentenich, became an honorary citizen of Londrina (Paraná), a title given to figures who contributed to the development of the municipality. The political honour is also an international first and brought together about 3,000 people at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral on 18 May, a date which also marks the 64th anniversary of the Tabor Shrine of the One who Crushes the Serpent.
ARGENTINA, Laura and Marcelo Salvarani. Once again, around Argentina’s national feast on the 25th of May, many Schoenstatt people went on pilgrimage Sunday, May 18th, to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lujan to renew the coronation of the MTA as the Queen of Argentina a Family. For many years now, the picture of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt is in the crypt of this Basilica, and every year, this is the place of the renewal of this Coronation.
ARGENTINA, Alicia Granieri. On May 24th, the "Lily" Group of the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Chapel of Bahía Blanca organized the 1,000 Hail Marys in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the special intention for the trip that Pope Francis would carry out that day as a peace mission to the Holy Land.