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Panamá
PANAMA, Fr. Jose Luis Correa • Fr. José Luis Correa was in Panama for a few days around October 18th, days that became “Covenant Days” because several groups had prepared to seal their Covenant of Love. — On October 29th, the Young Professional Women from Panama sealed their Covenant of Love in the parish church of San Francisco de La Caleta. This parish was the spiritual center of Schoenstatt and “home” of the Schoenstatt Youth during the World Youth Day in January last year in Panama; its pastor is MonsignorRead More
SPAIN, Juan Zaforas • In a video almost 5 minutes long, the anniversary of the first Schoenstatt Shrine in Spain is made available to all of Schoenstatt, so that the gratitude remains alive for this blessing and grace for Schoenstatt in Spain, in which some could participate. —   The video, which summarizes the Golden Jubilee of the Shrine in Pozuelo near Madrid, was produced by Benji Arizu, the son of a couple from the first course of the Family Federation. Original: Spanish 02.11.2019 Translation: Lindsay Burger, Ohio, USARead More
BOLIVIA, Alexandra Kempff • On October 23, the headlines in Bolivia predicted complicated days for the country. The city of Santa Cruz was completely blocked in protest by civilians, but the Schoenstatt Family of Santa Cruz proved once again that God’s plans are precise: Our human powers can plan many things, but he is the one who knows the perfect moment. — The Committee for Liturgy and Contributions to the Capital of Grace had planned the reception of the picture of the Blessed Mother that came from Bellavista, Chile. TheyRead More
SPAIN, Javier Gonzalez, COPE – Religion Editorial Office • Almost two thousand people around a Marian shrine that was used a hundred years ago as a warehouse. The Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt in Pozuelo de Alarcón is a replica of that small abandoned chapel in Germany where the Movement was born more than a hundred years ago. A birth that came from the hands of a priest and a small group of young people who one day only dreamed that what had happened would happen. —   ARead More
ECUADOR, Dory and Carlos Manrique • On Saturday 19 October, 150 group leaders from Guayaquil met at Ecuador’s National Shrine “Family of the Father, home for the world” under the motto “United in the paten, let us love the Church.” — All communities gathered to discuss how to the charism of our father and founder can help us to respond to what is happening today. The central elements of the reflection were: IDENTITY: Fr. Joseph Kentenich consecrated Ecuador on a paten that he received as a gift from a girls’Read More
18 OCTOBER IN SCHOENSTATT, Maria Fischer • “What does it mean for an Argentinian who visits Schoenstatt for 18 October when the Mass and sermon centre on the German Movement’s motto for the year?” Daniel Martino, a member of the Family Federation, reflected for a moment, smiled and answered: “That’s just what I expected. The ‘Germanness’ of Schoenstatt! Nevertheless we had headphones and translation. And the sermon was powerful. It called for such radical openness that it was immaterial that it reflected on the German motto for the year. ItRead More

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A new October 18

18.10.2019 • Today we celebrate a new 18th of October, Covenant Day. It is with great joy and gratitude that we renew our covenant of love with the Blessed Mother, fully aware that this is the essence of our family. This quiet act of faith of Fr. Kentenich with a small group of sodalists is still alive within us, just as fresh as it ever was during the founding moment in the original shrine on 18 October 1914. We were surprised to discover that our deep faith in the realityRead More
ITALY, Pamela Fabiano • We were all ready to start our day, but then Sister Vera Lucia comes and stops everything: “Let’s wait a little longer. The buses from Tuscany are still coming. Let’s wait for them, and then we’ll start. Breathing air from home and the joy from family has been noticeable since the morning! The waiting for the arrival of the guests is the most beautiful and most natural gesture which one can make in a family. And we have shown that we can do that.  — MoreRead More
VATICAN/ARGENTINA, Maria Fischer “Mary – Church: The Mother of a Missionary People”. That is the title of the Doctoral thesis in Mariology recently completed by Fr Alexandre Awi Mello, Schoenstatt Father and Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, at the International Marian Research Institute of the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA. — This study, which has been published by Agape Libros in Buenos Aires, deals with the life and Marian activity of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It show he learnt a Marian spirituality of the people through hisRead More
COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez • With Perpetual Consecration, the Costa Rican Family Federation lives out a milestone and gives hope to the Schoenstatt world at the “Family of Hope” Shrine in San José, Costa Rica! It is a consolidated and growing family in all its Branches and specifically in the Federation courses, with seven courses just three years after the blessing of the daughter Shrine!—   The “Patres Servi Familiae” the first course, “Servant Parents of the Family,” began making their way twelve years ago at a time the Shrine’sRead More