Covenant Life Category

COSTA RICA, Father José Luis Correa • Wednesday, March 13.  Diocesan priests connected to Schoenstatt celebrated an encounter in the San Jose, Costa Rica Shrine.— Father Reyner Castro, Father Manuel Peña, and Father Luis Herrera participated. The encounter began with a meeting, followed by a Eucharistic celebration.  Afterwards there was a lunch joined by Father Patricio Moore, Vice Provincial of the Pentecost province, who was visiting Costa Rica during that time. Original: Spanish, 17 March. Translation: Ann Bronk, Wisconsin, United States. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA  Read More
SCHOENSTATT, Maria Fischer • It was one of the stormiest days in this stormy month of March, the day when Fr Dr Michael Marmann was buried. Much was said in those two hours while the storm raged around the towers of the Church of the Blessed Trinity. His confreres and successors as Superior General of the Schoenstatt Fathers, his friends from “Together for Europe”, Schoenstatt members with whom he started in Regensburg, had much to say in those two hours, and at the end his own words resounded, which FrRead More
COSTA RICA, Xaviera Tapia and Alejandro Robles Field • On Tuesday, March 5th, a special Mass was celebrated in the Costa Rica shrine. Students from INCAE (Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas) in Alajuela came and are about to graduate. All they need to do is do a consulting job. There were students from several countries: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil… — Alejandro Robles Field, graduated with honors from INCAE’s Master of Business Administration, in his time as a student founded a rosary prayer group there. More than thirty attendees,Read More
BRASIL, Renate Dekker and Mechthild Jahn • Last Sunday (03.03.2019), the first Holy Mass was celebrated in front of the Sisters of Mary’s house, where the altar for the future Santa Catarina Shrine will be located. This is also another surprise from God. Normally the Sunday Mass is celebrated in the afternoon in a tent on the large grounds of the Mother Thrice Admirable and Queen. But because it was so hot —and not many people were expected— the Mass was moved up to the Sisters’ House. When the priestRead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa, Gonzalo Vega and Maria Fischer • G61, G62, G63, G64… The Schoenstatt Family Work in Costa Rica continues growing in the number of groups, the number of apostolic activities, and in depth.   As they say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida!   Life is good! — Two retreats took place at the same time on Saturday, March 2nd, at the Family of Hope Shrine in Costa Rica, and many people were blessed. The families of G44, “Forging Hope”, met for the Blessing of their Home Shrines.Read More
GERMANY, Carmen Reinle • With the motto Apostle 2.0 “mitWIRken (with work)”, the first conference for German-speaking families will take place at the Belmonte International Schoenstatt Center in Rome from 24-31 August 2019.— In the many intensive years of accompanying young people and working on projects, we have experienced Belmonte as a very formative and inspiring place. Especially noticeable on the Belmonte pilgrimage for us was feeling the peace of spiritual homeland, an inner transformation and the apostolic mission again and again. Therefore it is important to bring the uniqueRead More
BRAZIL, Renate Dekker and Mechthild Jahn • Hoping, dreaming, waiting, trembling and more waiting: The time before you can start building a new shrine is long and challenging. Everyone who has recently dedicated a shrine knows this – the Schoenstatt Families in Costa Rica and Caieiras, Brazil – as well as those who are waiting, for example in San Luis, Corrientes and Resistencia in Argentina, Encarnación in Paraguay, or right now in the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil. We have had a plot for the first shrine in thisRead More
EL SALVADOR, Isidro Perera • On Monday, February 4th, Father José Luis Correa Lira, advisor to the Movement in Central America, had the first organizational meeting with some representatives of the Branches and Communities’ different groups of the flourishing Schoenstatt Work in this small, but warm country of El Salvador. Patricia Fernández and her husband Isidro Perera, members of the third Course of Apostolic Federation of Families of Costa Rica, have been coordinating the development of the Movement and its different Branches in the country. Now the first National ConferenceRead More
Editors • Early this morning we learned that Fr. Michael Johannes Marmann, age 81, has died. We know him as a Schoenstatt Father, as Leader of the Schoenstatt Movement in Germany when it entered into the covenant of love for our people, as well as the year when we commemorated Fr Kentenich’s hundredth birthday. He saw the re-unification of Germany (“God acts in our history”), and was Superior General of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers and Chairman of the General Presidium. He was the pioneer opening Schoenstatt for ecumenismRead More
ITALY, Alessandra Zeverino • The Italian Girls’ Youth, especially the one from Apulia, recently celebrated its first year of life. Alessandra, one of the girls from the group related about this wonderful experience. —   The first group of Apulia We, the girls of the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth, formed the first group in Apulia in October 2017. We are very united among ourselves, thanks to Sr. Julia’s great help. In June we reached our first objective: going to the shrine in Rome. What was the first experience of the Girls’ YouthRead More