POLAND, Sr. Anastazja Komor, Sr. Elwira Kędzia. In Swider, near Warsaw, a statue of Fr Kentenich was set up near the Shrine of Faithfulness, the centre of the Schoenstatt Movement in Poland. It happened that the statue was blessed at exactly the same time as the Original Shrine was officially handed over to the Schoenstatt Movement by the Pallottines on 22 September. For the Polish Schoenstatt Family this is another reason to sing the Magnificat with the whole Schoenstatt Family as an expression of experienced faith, "The Blessed Mother is truly the Great Missionary, she works wonders!"
PARAGUAY, Fabián Daniel López Cuevas. This September 21st will be remembered for a long time, and surely for several generations, since beside being the 16th Anniversary of the Youth Shrine of Asunción – Paraguay, it was also the day in which the Blessed Mother gave them something very great. Archbishop Pastor Cuquejo of Asunción celebrated the main Mass, and before so much joy, there was something else, the Schoenstatt Youth Shrine was elevated to the Canonical Status of a Diocesan Shrine “Of the Mother Thrice Admirable.
PARAGUAY, Sandra Leticia Lezcano. On Saturday, the 21st of September, at the beginning of spring, the family gathered with great expectation to celebrate the 16th Anniversary of the Asunción Youth Shrine. The Holy Mass was celebrated on the esplanade of the Shrine, beautiful natural flowers and lit candles decorated the small grounds in the center of the city.
CHILE, Jessica Maldonado. The founding of the Schoenstatt Women's Apostolic Federation in Chile became a reality with the consecration of the first course. Isn't this news worthy of being known to Schoenstatt worldwide on the road toward Jubilee 2014? A letter to the Schoenstatt Family of Chile (published in the "Vinculo" Magazine) reads: "With great joy we share the happy news of our Consecration as a Founding Course of the Schoenstatt Women's Apostolic Federation on August 15, 2013."
INDIA, Egon M. Zillekens/mda. On the Blessed Mother's feastday, 12 September 2013, the first course of candidates for the Priests' Federation in India, and hence in Asia, set out on its way. There are eight diocesan priests between the ages of 33-54. Together with the Pilgrim Mother they travel to the peripheries. These are priests who in their parish in Northern India have a 100% attendance of all the Faithful at Holy Mass ..., because all 28 come. These are priests who work with very ordinary people, and priests who occupy influential posts as Vicars General, or Secretaries to the Nuncio. These are priests who are not shy of asking visitors from Germany for money for suffering families - who are not Christians - in their parish. These are priests who, in the strength of the covenant of love, want to be shepherds of their people according to the heart of Pope Francis.
PARAGUAY, Fabián Daniel López Cuevas. "Do you know the land so warm and dear which Eternal Love itself has built: where noble hearts beat with affection and bear with each other in the joy of sacrifice; and flow as one into the heart of God; where streams of love well forth with might to quench the thirst of the world for love? This wonderland is known to me - It is the meadow radiantly lit by Tabor's sun, where our Three times Admirable Lady reigns in the midst of her favorite children, loyally rewarding each gift of love with the manifestation of her glory and immeasurably abundant fruitfulness: It is my home, my Schoenstatt Land!" (Heavenwards) Do you know what I like best about this prayer? That it completely describes what one experiences in the missions, whichever one it might be, and that in a PROVIDENTIAL way, it emerged from our beautiful Santuario del Terruño (Homeland Shrine) in Ciudad del Este. What a joy it is for all of us to feel this prayer as our own, as if it were speaking to each one of us! Don't tell me you did not feel the way it says in this prayer while you were on the missions!
CHILE, Sergio Peralta Venegas. Not long ago, the Men's Branch of Chile celebrated the 40th anniversary of Blessed Mother's crowning. On a somewhat cool morning, the Meeting began for men from Tuniche, a rural section near Rancagua. Very early, at 8:30 A.M., the first ones arrived from Nuevo Belén (Santiago), then the group from Abba, from Campanario (Santiago), from de Viña - Los Pinos, from Quillota, and from Bellavista.
SPAIN, Juan Zaforas. Sunday, September 15, the Eucharist was televised from the Serrano Street Schoenstatt Shrine in Madrid. It was aired live on a local affiliate of TVE (SpainTV) and was then picked up and transmitted by national and international television outlets.
GERMANY, Frank Blumers. Almost unending surges of applause after the address of the Auxiliary Bishop. A moving episcopal ordination in the Freiburg Minster. The source of great joy for the Archdiocese of Freiburg and the Schoenstatt Movement. On Sunday, 8 September, Fr Michael Gerber, a member of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests, was ordained bishop by Archbishop Robert Zollitsch.
ARGENTINA, Norma Ramírez. During the year of the missionary current and after twenty three years since receiving the first Pilgrim MTA in Puerto Esperanza, in the beautiful province of Misiones, they were able to fulfill the great and much desired dream: to obtain an Auxiliary! A group of missionaries went on pilgrimage to Santa Maria, Brazil, the place where the Rosary Campaign originated to accompany Her on this trip.