Covenant Life Category

GERMANY, Bettina Betzner • In the midst of the turmoil of World War I in 1917, a young woman experiences an encounter that will change her life abruptly. For the observer it is an inconspicuous encounter and yet a decisive moment. After a prayer in a small side room in the military hospital, a conversation between two people begins, which will change their lives. Through Frater Franz Salzhuber, Countess Gertraud von Bullion learns about the existence of the Apostolic Federation of Schoenstatt. It is an association of lay people whoRead More
CHILE, editorial staff • May 31st, the anniversary of the third milestone in Schoenstatt’s history, which marks the commitment of Father Kentenich and his Schoenstatt to think, act and love organically as the fruit of a profound conversion and as a condition for a new Pentecost in the Church, this year 2020, coincides with Pentecost Sunday. It is being celebrated, at the same time, during a world pandemic; and in Chile -where this milestone occurred in 1949- at a time of a profound ecclesial crisis at the root of theRead More
FRANCE, Maria Fischer • Thanks Google, otherwise we might not have known about it: On April 22nd, the French newspaper, La Voix du Nord, as well as Mondafrique, an information portal on French speaking Africa, published a news item that is of great interest to the Schoenstatt Movement worldwide. As of March 17th, Abbé Adelin Gacukuzi, from Burundi and former military chaplain of the Burundian Defense Forces (FDNB) with the rank of General, became Rector of the “Shrine of Unity” near Cambrai, where Joseph Engling died on October 4th, 1918Read More
Harald M. Knes, Institute of the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary  • Since February 21, 2020, it is official from the Church: Mario Hiriart Pulido lived a life in which, with the help of God’s grace, he lived Christian virtues in an outstanding way. I would like to highlight four aspects of his life. — Christian spirituality in a church critical environment Father Joseph Kentenich saw the Church heading towards a time of profound change and renewal. The Founder wanted to help the members of the Schoenstatt Movement and all ChristiansRead More
PARAGUAY, José Argüello • On Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., the groups belonging to the Family Branch (Archdiocese and Diocese of San Lorenzo), were convoked to Tuparenda to hold the Start-up Conference. In the earthly plans, the expectation was for a multitudinous convocation since the invitation was to all the couples and children included. However, due to the health emergency situation worldwide, the government authorities of Paraguay adhered to severe prevention measures, to avoid the propagation of covid-19. The universal church, of course, a supported this measure, andRead More
MESSAGE BY FATHER JUAN PABLO CATOGGIO IN THE NAME OF THE GENERAL PRESIDENCY • At the request of Father Juan Pablo Catoggio, and also with the request to spread it within the Schoenstatt Family, we publish here the message sent today, March 16, 2020, by Father Juan Pablo Catoggio, President of the General Presidium, about the Covenant of Love in times of the Coronavirus. —   Message in PDF for Download and sharing More and updated news on live transmissions of Holy Masses from the Vatican, the Original Shrine andRead More
GUATEMALA, Adrian Vieto y Laura Solís • A month ago, February 9th, the First Schoenstatt Conference 2020 took place in Guatemala City. On this occasion, the workshop on temperaments and the Personal Ideal Workshop were held, with the participation of members of the Family Branches, ladies, young professionals and the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign. —   Distance was not a limitation for those who gave the workshops, such as the couples Valverde Royo and Escorriola Morera, both from Costa Rica, who again enthusiastically gave their “yes” to the Blessed Mother toRead More
COSTA RICA, Testimonies of the first Schoenstatt retreat for young couples, compiled by Carla Hidalgo • What we liked the most was to feel the Church present in all the details, from those who came to give us talks and the monitors who gave so much heart into everything, to those who assumed with love to do their bit so that we could have our family altar. We, the young couples, are learning to be a domestic Church and in the retreat we have learned by the example of everyone,Read More
COSTA RICA, Carla Hidalgo Vega • In recent days the First Retreat for Young Schoenstatt Couples in Costa Rica was held, in which 31 couples that have been married less than five years, participated.— During this weekend, the couples learned about the importance of the Eucharistic life in an explained Mass and a talk that they received with great enthusiasm from Father José Luis Correa, advisor of the Movement in Costa Rica. Throughout the retreat, they received the testimony of several couples from the Family Branch about various subjects, amongRead More
CHAD, editors • On February 23rd, Pére Nicolas Nadji Bab, a member of the Schoenstatt Federation of Priests in Chad, was ordained as bishop. For the past few months – since the appointment of his predecessor Miguel Ángel Sebastián Martínez (MCCJ) as Bishop of Sarh, Chad – he has been the diocesan administrator of the diocese of Laï, for which he was appointed by Pope Francis in mid-December. For the Schoenstatt Federation of Priests, it is a joy, honor, and obligation that one of its members was chosen for thisRead More