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PERÚ, Fr. Marcelo Aravena • The first workday of IV CIEES Congress in Lima, Perú, began with the Cardinal Primate of Lima, Juan Luis Cipriani. The family, education, the source of work, and the entrepreneur are in a “state of emergency,” affirmed Cardinal Cipriani, in his homily to the participants of the congress during Holy Mass celebrated in the chapel at the University of Piura, on November 3. Therefore he encouraged the CIEES members not to give up the struggle of giving Catholic witness in the world of business andRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sr. Suzanne Duncan, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • At a time when marriage and family life are in crisis, the  Family Branch in Cape Town took a Hungarian program for married couples and adapted it to the local South African context. Two years on, the Marriage Camino has borne much fruit and revitalized the Schoenstatt Family, when 11 families made their Covenant of Love in the Shrine at Constantia. Born in Hungary, adapted for South Africa The idea and inspiration of a pilgrimage way for couples originated in Óbudavár, Hungary.Read More
URUGUAY, Juan Andrés Nopitsch • The most important week for “Providencia” Educational Center in Montevideo Uruguay took place in October, for Providencia’s anniversary was celebrated along with celebrating the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother and Teacher. The week was filled with activities and emotions. This year the celebration centered on the Four Keys that identify the Educational Center, the four traits that we have and want to live on a daily basis. Family Experience One trait is living the “Experience of Family,” and this was very much present throughout theRead More
HUNGARY, Sr. Gertrud-Maria Erhard • Róbert Gódány was buried on September 29, a child of Schoenstatt’s founding couple in Óbudavár/ Hungary, the Gódány Family’s home village, where the Schoenstatt Center also was built. Approximately 700 people attended. Besides his large family, a large part of the Schoenstatt Hungarian Family gathered, despite that it was celebrated on a weekday afternoon. Schoenstatt Movement supporters also attended to pay a final tribute to Róbert Gódány. One example of someone in attendance was the representative of the Budapest city council, who has already participatedRead More
GERMANY, Klaus Heizmann • Singles, couples, and families were invited to a special weekend, October 13 – 15. It was an “active pause,” at Marienau, to rediscover one’s potential within the sunny framework of a golden October. It was a gathering designed and filled with a “duel of giants” that was directed toward different potentials, with “an oasis time” in the shrine and with several workshops that Fr. Güthlein introduced in an interactive manner: “What am I seeking? Who do I want to be? Why is it worth seeking?” ToRead More
VATICAN, Fr. Antonio Bracht, on behalf of the General Presidium • On October 24th, 2017, the General Presidium of Schoenstatt visited Cardenal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the recently founded Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, as part of their annual work meeting in Rome.  The Secretary of this Dicastery, Schoenstatt Father Alexandre Awi Mello received them.  Also present was Sr. Maria Pilar, who works as secretary in the same dicastery. First, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, as head of the General Presidium, greeted the Cardinal and the Secretary. The different communitiesRead More
HUNGARY, Csermák Kálmán – Schoenstatt Movement, Hungary/Maria Fischer • Róbert Gódány, one of the founders of the Hungarian Schoenstatt Family, died in the afternoon of 19 September 2017. As one of the first Schoenstatt families in Hungary, the Gódány family settled in Obudavar on Lake Balaton after their return from Austria, and this is where the first Schoenstatt shrine in Hungary was dedicated in 2005. When Robert visited Fr Kentenich in Milwaukee, the words of advice he received came to a climax in the motto: “My home country (Hungary) hasRead More
PARAGUAY, Sebastián y Concepción Martín • The Ayolas, Paraguay Schoenstatt community shared a gathering of great joy and fruitfulness on the road to their Covenant of Love with the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. On September 2, Fr. Tommy Nin Mitchell, the Schoenstatt National Director in Paraguay, celebrated a double ceremony, and Fr. Esteban Chaparro, the pastor of Ayolas, con-celebrated. Strong growth In the two and a half years since the Ayolas’ Schoenstatt Family Branch founding, there are already three working groups with a total of thirty couples. The firstRead More
SCHOENSTATTERS AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH: Fr. Alexandre Awi, the new secretary for the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life On 1 September, Fr. Alexandre Awi, a Schoenstatt Father from Brazil, who up until May this year was the National Movement Director for Brazil, officially took up his task as the Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Before starting his new job and after having spent several months in the house of the Schoenstatt Fathers in Trastévere, Rome, where he finished his doctoral thesis and studiedRead More
PARAGUAY, Silvia Cabañas • How does one overcome the departure of a son? That is a question I am frequently asked. I prefer to use the term departure and not death, because for me, my son did not die. He only departed prematurely to meet God, our Father, and our Mother Mary, a conviction that keeps me strong and standing. Most of all, it is what motivates me to struggle against my own human weakness, and for me to also make the effort so the moment that God decides thatRead More