Schoenstatters Category

VATICAN/ARGENTINA, Maria Fischer “Mary – Church: The Mother of a Missionary People”. That is the title of the Doctoral thesis in Mariology recently completed by Fr Alexandre Awi Mello, Schoenstatt Father and Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, at the International Marian Research Institute of the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA. — This study, which has been published by Agape Libros in Buenos Aires, deals with the life and Marian activity of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It show he learnt a Marian spirituality of the people through hisRead 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
ITALY, Pamela Fabiano • On Sunday, 5 May, Sr Bernadete Maria Barbara Ganz (59), a member of the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, died in Bonn, Germany. – For the Italian Schoenstatt Family, particularly in Rome, the illness and death of Sr Bernadete caused great pain. Since 2017 she lived and worked in Rome as Superior of the house of the Sisters of Mary at the Cor Ecclesiae Shrine on the Via Aurelia Antica, where she served the Schoenstatt Family. We remember her joyful attitude to service,Read More
BRAZIL, Sueli Vilarinho • On 27 March the Schoenstatt Family in Jaraguá and the community of the Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers in Brazil bade farewell to Fr. Roberto Josef Ostheirmer, who entered the community in Brazil 1966. His wake took place at the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, where he served as parish priest, and was buried in the Fathers’ cemetery next to the Sion Shrine in Jaraguá, the land for which he helped to purchase and build the shrine in 1969.— A brief biography He wasRead More
ARGENTINA, Lilita and Carlos Ricciardi, Maria Fischer • On February 18th during the Covenant Mass, the Schoenstatt Family from La Plata welcomed the new pastor for the Cathedral of La Plata: Father Jorge Gonzalez, a member of the Schoenstatt Federation of Diocesan Priests. The Schoenstatt Shrine is in the immediate neighborhood of the La Plata Cathedral. — On Sunday, March 10th, Archbishop of La Plata Víctor Manuel Fernández, inaugurated the new pastor of the La Plata Cathedral, as well as parish vicars: Marcelo Carvallo and Juan Luis Lucero Moreno, whoRead More
SCHOENSTATT, Maria Fischer • It was one of the stormiest days in this stormy month of March, the day when Fr Dr Michael Marmann was buried. Much was said in those two hours while the storm raged around the towers of the Church of the Blessed Trinity. His confreres and successors as Superior General of the Schoenstatt Fathers, his friends from “Together for Europe”, Schoenstatt members with whom he started in Regensburg, had much to say in those two hours, and at the end his own words resounded, which FrRead More
Editors • Early this morning we learned that Fr. Michael Johannes Marmann, age 81, has died. We know him as a Schoenstatt Father, as Leader of the Schoenstatt Movement in Germany when it entered into the covenant of love for our people, as well as the year when we commemorated Fr Kentenich’s hundredth birthday. He saw the re-unification of Germany (“God acts in our history”), and was Superior General of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers and Chairman of the General Presidium. He was the pioneer opening Schoenstatt for ecumenismRead More
BRAZIL, by Roberto M. González • The idea for this article began almost a year ago with another approach, but in view of recent events, it will be a tribute to Manfred M. Worlitschek, a Schoenstatt Brother of Mary, who died on 30 January 2019. — Manfred’s life can be divided in two parts: The first half: his birth, studies, and entering the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary Secular Institute, and the second half, when practically beginning again from scratch, he freely decided and jointly with the community to leave hisRead More
SPAIN, Juan Zaforas • On 3 November 2018, a young man was ordained as a priest in Pozuelo Schoenstatt Shrine. I have known this young man since he was a boy because he was my son’s friend son who we always called Edu and is now Fr. Eduardo. —   Cardinal D. Carlos Osoro ordained him, and in his very personal homily, he made him see what is now expected of him, to be transparent in Jesus Christ for all men/women, and he insisted on the all without looking atRead More
Octavio Galarce hombres
Interview of Octavio Galarce, Chile • We interviewed Ocatavio Galarce within the framework of the consecration of the first course of the Men’s Federation in Chile. He is a member of this first course, lay adviser for the Men’s Branch, Founder of the Madrugadores, editor of “Vinculo” magazine and a collaborator for schoenstatt.org. —   Recently his course, the first of the Men’s Federation in Chile celebrated its perpetual consecration, that is, they committed to live the Schoenstatt charism as men and allies. What does it mean? – With theRead More