Covenant Life Category

BRAZIL, Sueli Vilarinho • The Schoenstatt Family League from Jaraguá, in São Paulo/SP held its traditional Home Shrine Day on jubilee Sunday, April 15. It was a gathering as a family with Jesus and Mary.  — Motivated by seventy years of the Santa Maria Letter (written by Fr. Joseph Kentenich and considered the Founding Document for the Schoenstatt Family Work and Home Shrine, the older couples opened their doors to younger League families. Besides celebrating the day in each home and thanking the Mother and Queen for all the graces,Read More
GERMANY, Loni Rick and Maria Fischer • When the poster and invitation for the pilgrimage from Fr Kentenich’s birthplace in Gymnich via the Marienfeld to the pilgrimage church of Mary, Mother of Sorrows in Grefrath on 9 June this year landed in the postbox of the editors of schoenstatt.org, I thought of Camilo Ardissone from Paraguay and our “shrine excursions” during the weeks he took part in a student exchange programme in Germany close to Cologne.— Infected by the enthusiasm of this fifteen-year-old for the Original Shrine, we visited asRead More
WALES, Anna Latham • At 3 pm on Sunday, 29 April 2018, thousands of Catholics gathered to surround the British Isles’ coast to pray for faith, life and peace in our nations. The Campaign, known as the Rosary on the Coast, was initiated by a group of lay Catholics who felt inspired to follow the example of the Polish and Irish who recently felt called to gather around coasts or borders of their nations to pray for a renewal of faith and respect for human life through the powerful intercessionRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • Young people today need a safe space where they can be authentic, where they can truly be themselves.These were the words of the leaders of the Schoenstatt Girls at a leadership weekend held at the Constantia Shrine in Cape Town, South Africa on 6-8 April. — I had the opportunity to spend the weekend with them, facilitating some of the sessions. I arrived as a teacher but left as a student, reminded of what it means to live out my covenant of love and SchoenstattRead More
FRANCE, François-Xavier and France de Marolles • There is now a Schoenstatt Mother Thrice Admirable wayside shrine in the Castille Seminary’s St. John Paul II space in the Diocese of Toulon (France), in the department of Var. France situated 190 km from Italian border; it is the first Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine in southern France.  — A wayside shrine born from a father’s sorrow This beautiful wayside shrine was built with stones from the Provence region; it is project conceived by the artisan, Benoit Mark, who offered to do the workRead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa • Costa Rica was a likely place, where for the first time at a Schoenstatters’ retreat, the new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), was the topic. — On Sunday, 8 April, fifteen men from the Men’s Branch had their afternoon retreat close to the Family of Hope Shrine. Fr. José Luis accompanied and inspired them with a personal meditation. Monday, 9 April through Tuesday the 10th, it was the Mothers’ Branch’s turn. Seventy-five women arrived at the St. Benedict retreatRead More
GERMANY/HUNGARY, Johannes Bechtold • The Schoenstatt Men’s Youth (SMJ) from the Speyer, Fulda, and Mainz / Limburg dioceses in Germany also met once again this year from April 1st to the 7th for a workweek at the Hungarian Schoenstatt Center in Óbudavár, where we drove together.  The week’s motto was “Life is calling!”—   On Easter Sunday, more than fifty young men met at their Schoenstatt centers in Herxheim, Dietershausen, and Weiskirchen, before heading off to Lake Balaton together. Lake Balaton is the first Schoenstatt Branch Shrine in Hungary. AlthoughRead More
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