Covenant Life Category

Victory Shrine
With all the pilgrimages and retreats, the Victory Shrine in Ibadan, Nigeria is becoming better, and better known. At the same time, the Schoenstatt Fathers are creative in finding ways to work for a Schoenstatt Movement on the brink of emerging. — NIGERIA, Schoenstatt Fathers • Recollections for youth On 17 March 2018, the South Deanery of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan Youths converged around the Victory Shrine for their Lenten Recollections. During the period of this recollection, they had an opportunity to experience our Lord Jesus Christ in theRead More
India
INDIA, Sowjanya Prasanna • Sowjanya Prasanna is a lady from India who discovered Schoenstatt through an MTA Newsletter followed by a visit to the Bangalore Schoenstatt Shrine, where she and her family had an encounter with the MTA and her graces.  The following is her personal testimony of Mother Mary taking perfect care. – The need I am Mrs. Sowjanya Prasanna from the Banaswadi area. Nearly one year has past since my husband and I were left without a proper job. We have been praying to the Lord for so long,Read More
NIGERIA, Fr. Kingsley Okereke, Jude Eze, Agaptus Ihediuba • As a special Easter gift, the Schoenstatt Fathers in Nigeria issued the brand new Victory Shrine Newsletter, packed with stories from life and the apostolate around the Shrine. — An opportunity presents itself At the beginning of 2018, all Schoenstatt Fathers working in Nigeria gathered around the Victory Shrine for their annual meeting. Fr. Pablo Pol was present as the representative of the Nigerian community in the region. It was indeed an important moment for all our Fathers as they yetRead More
BRAZIL, Cássio Leal, member of the schoenstatt.org editorial team • On 29 March we said goodbye to a priest who made history and left a legacy. Fr. Ottomar Schneider was well-known and much loved throughout Brazil. A man who “fought the good fight.” In his youth, when he was still a student in the Schoenstatt Fathers, he had the opportunity to meet Fr. Joseph Kentenich, an encounter that touched his life forever. —   Fr. Ottomar Schneider was a tireless Marian priest. He always went beyond what was expected ofRead More
PARAGUAY, Leticia Deggiovani Fariña • During the very difficult and sorrowful moment of her mother’s sudden death, Leticia Deggiovani Fariña felt that Mary the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt, whom she already knew, ran to meet her.  — The Blessed Mother has come into my life at different times. Without being aware of her call, she was there, seeking me as her ally, and wanting to conquer my heart. I was not close to the Movement when I met her, although I always had the Blessed Mother present in myRead More
COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez Aguilar de Monturiol • The triduum activities commemorating the blessing of the first Costa Rican Schoenstatt Shrine, “Family of Hope,” were a gift for the Church. A fair was held beneath the intense hot Costa Rican summer sun…it was a family and pedagogical celebration. The event’s name was: “Encounter with Schoenstatt…together for the family” united the different family Branches and Schoenstatt apostolates.  United they demonstrated the family work during the weekend. The objective was to make a contribution of the Family Work to the Church andRead More
TANZANIA, Philippe Kitabu • Schoenstatt is present in Tanzania in three dioceses: Kayanga, Rulenge Ngara, and Bukoba… Furthermore it is continuing to grow, in spite of the belief that over time, the Shrine there would be left alone. From Burundi, Phlippe Kitabu, who has worked for Schoenstatt in Tanzania since 2005, was very happy to tell schoenstatt.org a little about the apostolate carried out in Tanzania. — At the beginning of the Seventies, members from the Institute of Our Lady of Schoenstatt from Germany built a shrine in the formerRead More
BRAZIL, Schoenstatt Fathers and Editorial Team • He departed for the Father’s House on 27 March at 2:30 pm with forty-five years of priesthood given to the Church through the Schoenstatt Work. Fr. Ottomar Schneider died at age 82 with the rosary in hand, praying the decades in the presence of his community brothers from the Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers. — Upon celebrating forty years of priesthood a few years ago Fr. Ottomar Schneider affirmed:  “I am a happy priest. I have never regretted for one second in takingRead More
BOLIVIA, Fr. José Luis Correa • On 27 March 2018, Tuesday in Holy Week, Pope Francis appointed the priest, Fr Giovani Edgar Arana, Auxiliary Bishop of El Alto in Bolivia. The future Auxiliary Bishop is a member of the first course of the Schoenstatt Priests’ Federation in Bolivia, and worked from 2010-2013 as Diocesan Leader of the Schoenstatt Movement in La Paz.  Giovani Edgar Arana was born on 23 May 1974 in La Paz in the Diocese of La Paz. He studied philosophy and theology in the San Jeronimo SeminaryRead More
AUSTRIA, Lucia Reinsperger • One Austrian was among the five novices receiving the dress at Schoenstatt on March 18, 2018. Maria Mauhart had long since outgrown her role as the “course baby” from the Family Academy. She had been active among the Schoenstatt Youth group, and then she heard God’s call during World Youth Day the summer of 2016. After twenty-five years, another Austrian was committing herself to becoming a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary. A bus full of well-wishers from the Austrian Schoenstatt Family arrived for the clothing ceremony.— ARead More