Covenant Life Category

PANAMÁ, Carmen Franco • On Sunday, 18 August 2019, while hundreds of Schoenstatters celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Hoerde in the Original Shrine, the Schoenstatt Family from St. Francis of La Caleta Parish in Panama City— the place of the Schoenstatt Spiritual Center during World Youth Day in January of this year— gathered at Mass to celebrate the renewal of the Covenant of Love.— Beginning with Eucharistic Adoration Like every 18th, we prepared songs, and we selected those who would proclaim the Word of God in the Mass. On eachRead More

Posted On 01.09.2019In Hoerde

Hoerde, Covenant Pentecost

HOERDE – AND NOW WHAT?, ARGENTINA, Mario and Marinés Martínez Franco • With the motto: “Hoerde, Covenant Pentecost”, the Argentinean Federations gathered for the first time to celebrate 100 years of the Hoerde Journey’s Jubilee, in Huerta Grande, Córdoba. — Prepared some years ago through many exchanges of different leaders in Argentina, it was a family-like and fraternal encounter around the Blessed Mother and Father Kentenich. Federations’ members from Priests, Families, Mothers, Women, to the nascent Men’s Federation were present. In total, there were about 400 people. Delegates from theRead More
COSTA RICA, Amparo Ruiz, Maria Fischer • “We tried to build a “Shrine without walls”, where roses bloom on the barbed wire of competition, negative criticism, jealousy, pressure, fear, and the pain of so many people… The idea that our workplaces can be places where Christ is born again encouraged us greatly”. A comment from Gabriele Sudermann, Germany, from the Apostolic Women’s League (LAF), pronounced almost twenty years ago and found in an article from schoenstatt.org, today moves and motivates Amparo Ruiz from the Schoenstatt Family Work in Costa Rica,Read More
BURUNDI, Alice Ninette Nininahazwe, Agnès Diane Niyonzima • On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the “Shrine of Peace and Reconciliation” on Mount Sion Gikungu, Bujumbura, a pilgrimage took place from there to the “Shrine of Trust” in Mutumba, the first Schoenstatt Shrine in this country. —   After the blessing for the journey by the Rector of the Shrine in Bujumbura, Fr H. Coyitungiye, the pilgrims set off in a number of buses along Lake Tanganyika to the foot of the mountain on which the Mission Station ofRead More
USA, Sr. M. Barbara and Sr. M. Jessica Swedzinski • On Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the Candelaria Shrine on Staten Island, the Schoenstatt Family from New York City and surrounding area states re-crowned our Blessed Mother as Queen of Light. This was a Covenant Love celebration that had been prepared in the preceding months, so that an integral part was the exchange of covenant gifts and petitions on our part to our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen, and Victress of Schoenstatt with her six-fold covenant promises and requests to us.Read More
SCHOENSTATT COMMUNITIES, schoenstatt.org editorial staff • On Thursday, 22 August 2019, the feast of the Queenship of Mary, the International Schoenstatt Federation of Priests chose new leadership when Father Alejandro Blanco (La Plata/Argentina) was elected General Secretary. Other members of the International Secretariat are Father Hubert Vonlanthen (Switzerland) and Father Benno Riether (Germany). — Rector Egon M. Zillekens, who had represented the Community in the General Presidency for ten years, did not stand for election. For some years now, the Federation of Priests’ international leadership has been deliberately called theRead More
GERMANY, Sr. M. Elinor Grimm • 74 years ago, on 12 August 1945, Karl Leisner, a new priest from Kleve, died in the Planegg forest sanatorium as a result of his almost six-year imprisonment in the Dachau concentration camp. After his liberation from the camp on 4 May 1945, Karl Leisner was lovingly cared for until his death by the Sisters of the Order of the Merciful Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. To this day, the Sisters have kept the room almost unchanged in memory of the suffering andRead More
HOERDE – AND NOW WHAT?, Prof. Dr. Alejandro Blanco Araujo, La Plata, Argentina • Dear Schoenstatt Family! Today ́s reflection begins with our experience in the Federation of Priests, which today has reached a goal for which we all have longed for a long time. —   Today, exactly 100 years to the day after the foundation of the first Apostolic Federation of Schoenstatt – and only now – the priests of various regions of the worldwide Federation of Priests have formally and officially decided to found the International Federation ofRead More
HOERDE – AND NOW WHAT? Fr. Martín Aversano • The Schoenstatt Priests’ Federation have taken a historic step by founding the International Federation, a process that has taken many years. The centenary jubilee of Hoerde in the Original Shrine together with all of the Schoenstatt Federations was an important step in this initiative. — Unity is a gift and a task. The Holy Spirit performed an incredible miracle on Pentecost. It made people who spoke many languages understand each other. The fire of the Spirit that touches hearts is theRead More
SRI LANKA/USA, Ashanthi Fernando • It was a special day for Schoenstatt in Sri Lanka: Fr. Shelton Dias, the spiritual director for the Schoenstatt Family in Sri Lanka, on August 21 went to the Schoenstatt Shrine in Staten Island, New York.— He celebrated Holy Mass in the Shrine, spoke with the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary who live and work there, and learned about the Shrine and its history, and several symbols. In Sri Lanka, the young and emerging Schoenstatt Family does not yet have a shrine – but have aRead More