Mission Tag

POPE FRANCIS with Schoenstatt, Maria Fischer • Three years and a day since the jubilee audience in Paul VI Hall, on 26 October, that audience when Pope Francis gave us the motto for Schoenstatt’s second century: a culture of encounter is a covenant culture, and this creates solidarity. Casa Santa Marta’s chapel doors were opened to the members of the International Schoenstatt Presidency gathered in Rome at their annual gathering. They had the privilege of participating in the Holy Father’s Morning Mass. “It was impressive to see the change inRead More
POPE FRANCIS  • “Today we celebrate World Mission Sunday under the theme: “Mission at the heart of the Christian Faith.” I urge everyone to live the joy of the mission, witnessing to the Gospel wherever they live and work. At the same time, we are called to give support by our care and concrete help to the missionaries who have gone out to proclaim Christ to those who still do not know him.” After recalling World Mission Sunday celebrated on 22 October, Pope Francis called an extraordinary missionary month forRead More
Fr. Alberto E. Eronti, Buenos Aires, Argentina There are questions that touch bottom, that constitute a radical challenge; they are those that leave no alternative, they must be answered.  For example, this was Martha’s experience in Bethany (Jn.11: 26) when Jesus upon affirming “Those who believe in me will live, even though they die,” He asks: “Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord, I do believe.”  This also was the question Father Kentenich asked a group of Schoenstatt Fathers who went to see him about problems they thought could not beRead More
SPAIN, Javier González • It is difficult to explain completely what Misión País is, and there are a thousand places to start. Despite this, I believe that the most-timely way would be to begin a story, since we are all one, and without being there…it is difficult to understand it. I will tell you the story of a young person who lived in a room without light. In this society, it is very easy to get confused, get lost without wanting to, like the prodigal son trying to find happinessRead More
ARGENTINA, Pepe and Cecilia Sanguinetti, Family Institute • After several months of work and a family mission, we departed from Salta to Jujuy. Destination: the Diocesan Assembly. It has been held for thirty-four years with some 3,000 people participating. The topic: the Family. The Motto: “Let’s Celebrate the Family: A Gift from God.” For the first time in its history, a couple led the Assembly, and it happened that we were invited to take charge. Cecelia had presented a philosophical reflection on Amoris Laetitia to all the clergy from JujuyRead More
BRAZIL, JUMAS Santa María, via jumasbrasil.com.br • On 6-14 January, twenty-eight boys of the Boys’ Group from the southern region, gathered to go on mission for the second time to Coronel Bicaco, in the diocese of Frederico Westphalen. We began the first mission with great enthusiasm close to Tabor, Door of Heaven Shrine in Frederioco. In the southern region for the first time, we divided the missionaries into two communities: Reinisch and Engling. The first visit seemed to be a great challenge having one community with fifteen and another withRead More
MÉXICO, Juan David González, Member of the Machomisiones 2016 Organizational Team • In December 2016, 45 youths from the Monterrey Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth went to “La Casita” [Little House] community to begin construction of a place worthy in which to adore and praise our Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother, our Blessed Mother. La Casita is a community located in the state of Nuevo León, México, where approximately 300 people reside. They eagerly awaited the arrival of the missionaries, since the construction of this chapel represented a great desire toRead More
NIGERIA, Michael Okpala, Schoenstatt Fathers’s student    •  10 December 2016 has providentially entered the annals of Nova Spes Sion course and the Nigerian Schoenstatt Fathers’ Community history. On this day, the five members of this course were ordained to the transitional diaconate. This ordination is a precursor to their priestly ordination, which is slated for 6 May 2017. In this year, the Nigerian Community will be celebrating twenty-five years of Schoenstatt’s presence in Nigeria. This same 2017 priestly ordination will bring the number of Nigerian Schoenstatt Fathers to twenty-five.Read More
CHILE, Maria Fischer with Manuel Izquierdo • REC. Record.  In Spanish we say “to record (to tape),” but we all know that one has to press the button “REC” to record/tape a memory, a true story, an interview, a video, an audio… We all know it, and we cannot imagine life without the REC button.  REC is the name that some youths have given to an evangelization project in the digital era: REC, Razón en Cristo (Reason in Christ). Razón en Cristo emerged in 2014 as a project of studentsRead More
By Maria Fischer, with Ana Echevarría  and Mercedes Bonorino • It began with a wayside shrine; it was an incredibly simple wooden wayside shrine, with a plaque of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. It is a wayside shrine, which on 8 December 1965, at the closing day of Vatican Council II, served as a fundamental stone for the symbolic blessing of the Schoenstatt International Shrine in Rome. A wayside shrine kept alive for decades, sometimes in great solitude and tested by fires, rain or heat, that desire and promiseRead More