Covenant Life Category

ARGENTINA, Silvia Sibay • The Schoenstatt Family from Tucumán was looking forward to November 9th – and with good reason! In the afternoon, the first Schoenstatt Father from Tucumán was ordained as a priest. — It was with great joy that we saw the Fathers arrive from the other dioceses who would accompany this event, some of whom are very close to us, and above all Bishop Francisco Pistilli, Bishop of the Diocese of Encarnación, Paraguay, who would consecrate us. The Schoenstatt Fathers who live and work in Tucumán hadRead More
COSTA RICA, Fabiola Lacayo • Last Saturday, November 23rd, three groups of couples from the Family Branch of the East and Cartago sealed their Covenant of Love with Mary in the shadow of our Family of Hope Shrine. —     Twenty-six couples began their journey in Schoenstatt in February 2018, under the care of three couples: Arturo Fonseca and Julia Haug, as leaders of the group Corazones en Familia; Danny Álvarez and Fabiola Lacayo, as leaders of the group Alegría de María, and the group Labradores de Esperanza, fromRead More
Maria Fischer • On 18 November, our Covenant Day and for a long time the day on which we celebrated Fr Kentenich’s birthday, Fr Angel L. Strada celebrated eighty years of his life, most of which was spent in serving Fr Kentenich and his work, and his beatification process. By no means less important was the process of getting to know and understand our Father and Prophet.— “He is our big brother who captured us with his warmth and cordiality, his love for the Blessed Mother, his peace, his joy,Read More
EL SALVADOR, Lee Aguiñada  • In El Salvador, we celebrated October 18th, Covenant Day, with much joy, but above all with great faith. We have many reasons to be thankful and happy. 2019 was one of the most important years in our history because we laid the foundations for the strengthening of Schoenstatt in the country and throughout Central America. — Father José Luis Correa Lira, the adviser that is shared throughout the region, has in recent years taken on the task of structuring and organizing in the best possibleRead More
Nicaragua
NICARAGUA, Fr. José Luis Correa/Maria Fischer • “In the context of the Amazon Synod, Pope Francis remarked: “Jesus did not come to bring the evening breeze, but to bring fire to the earth.” Today’s Covenant Day reminds us that the decisive steps in Schoenstatt’s growth did not take place in the evening breeze, but in the harsh climate of the First World War, as well as in the Dachau and Milwaukee periods. Should we be afraid of the harsh climate?” said Bishop Michael Gerber on October 18th in Schoenstatt. ThereRead More
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