Covenant Life Category

Australia Home Shrine blessing
AUSTRALIA, Bernard Toutounji • Amidst pandemic restrictions our Sydney family group (made up of five families) was – thanks be to God – finally able to consecrate our Home Shrines on 1 January 2021. We had been working toward consecrating the Home Shrines in early 2020 but, like so many things, Coronavirus put it on hold. — In preparing for the blessings, we made use of the book My Home, A Shrine which was written in 1986 by Sr Thomasine. We were additionally helped by Sr Mary Agnes and SrRead More
P. Tiago
Portugal, editorial team • On the night of 6 January, still during the Christmas season, Fr. Tiago Frescata, a young Schoenstatt Father in Portugal who was ordained in 2004, passed away. He had recently worked in Chile. A few months ago, he learned that he was terminally ill (due to a brain tumor diagnosed in 2019) and returned to his native Portugal “to die.” — After his priestly ordination, he spent two years serving in Santiago de Chile and returned to Portugal in 2006. He became the director for theRead More
Ernest M Kanzler
By Roberto M. González/mf  • Death is not a strange “coincidence” for all of us, but many times the quickness of it leaves us stunned, and in times of pandemic, where this virus has taken so many people very quickly to the kingdom of heaven, it does not cease to be something that surprises us. On December 23rd, on Christmas Eve and the first days of the Year of St. Joseph, Ernest M. Kanzler, Superior General of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary, died. — “Exactly two weeksRead More
Requiem Ernest M. Kanzler
SCHOENSTATT, Maria Fischer • When a member of the International Presidium dies, the news goes around the world. The pendulum between unity and diversity (of apostolate preferences, opinions, vocation options) then tilts very strongly toward unity and one is there, walking and carrying along; even in the midst of the Christmas season and in the midst of the Corona Lockdown.  On the night before Christmas Eve, Ernest M. Kanzler, Superior General of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary, passed away. On December 29th, 100 people in the Pilgrims’Read More
Santuario Hogar Costa Rica
COSTA RICA, Lisandra Chávez • This year 35 families started the workshops to obtain their home shrines, which were blessed on December 5th, 2020.  One of those groups is from El Salvador, which was a gift for everyone. — The preparation consisted of a total of six sessions with chats and subjects such as “Faith in Providence”, “Marital Dialogue” and of course, the subject of the Virgin Mary and Father Joseph Kentenich could not be left out. “There was a workshop where the couple defined the grace they wanted toRead More
Nicaragua
NICARAGUA, Adriana Truque and Carlos Manuel Odio • The celebration of October 18, 2020 was a memorable day for the entire Nicaraguan Schoenstatt Movement, since fourteen families were able to relive what happened in 1914, when they asked the Mother Thrice Admirable and Queen of Schoenstatt to establish herself in their homes, through the blessing of fourteen home shrines, the first ones in this country.—   After concluding the year in which they discuss Marriage Sanctity, fourteen families began to prepare to carry out the home shrine workshop, which wouldRead More
Venezuela
VENEZUELA/COSTA RICA, Elisa Velásquez Yépez • In January 2019, the intention to make a visit and to initiate a structured and formal support to the Schoenstatt Movement in Venezuela was manifested and a visit was planned for the first quarter of 2020; with the objective of giving support to the missionary groups of the Pilgrim Mother that have been active in the country since the 1960’s. — Due to the pandemic that the world is facing this year, that mission on Venezuelan soil was postponed, without a glimpse that, preciselyRead More
Interview of Father Juan Pablo Catoggio, General Superior of the Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers (part 1/3) • For the 50-year jubilee of the Sion Shrine in Schoenstatt and as tribute to our Schoenstatt Fathers, editors and columnists of Schoenstatt.org (Eduardo Shelley, Monina Crivelli, Paz Leiva, Ignacio Serrano, and Juan Zaforas) wrote the following questions for Father Juan Pablo Catoggio, who is the Argentine Superior General of the Schoenstatt Fathers since 2015. Today we publish the first of three parts of this long interview. —     » I thankRead More
COSTA RICA, Monica Orlich • This year, like so many things in our lives, the annual Family Branch retreat had to be transformed. It left behind the usual weekend in a retreat house and found a new temporary home in the virtual world, with only ten couples attending in person at the Movement House, but over 50 connected through Zoom. — As in all challenges there are also great opportunities: the retreat could reach more couples and transcend borders. Of the virtual participants, many belong to the different communities ofRead More
AUSTRIA, P. Elmar Busse • “I can’t get no disinfection!” The malapropism of the Rolling Stones’ song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (the single with “I can’t get no satisfaction” became the Rolling Stones’ first number 1 chart success in the United States in 1965) did not apply in Rojach-Hof in Carinthia, where a family congress took place from July 25 to August 1 despite Corona. — Dispenser bottles with the corresponding information boards were placed in front of the toilets anyway, but also in front of theRead More