Dilexit ecclesiam Category

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES, Maria Fischer • “Happy and fascinated!” That was the answer of Fr Jose Correa, Advisor for Costa Rica and Central America, to the question, “How do the families from Costa Rica feel in Schoenstatt?” Eight couples, two youth and a Schoenstatt Father are taking part in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin and joined up with other couples from Costa Rica who had already arrived iearlier n Dublin. Before that they wee spending a few days in Schoenstatt. Now they aren’t only participants. They areRead More
CHILE, Orlando Valle • Recently, we have been experiencing difficult times as Church in Chile. So the following story, Orlando Valle sent us (he’s the leader of the Men’s Branch of the Family from Agua Santa, Viña del Mar and also a Madrugador) gives us much joy and hope in the contributions of the laity and those consecrated to the service of the Church, and consequently, in the consolidation of one of the Schoenstatt objectives: the Universal Apostolic Confederation. The Diocese of Valparaiso joyfully welcomed Bishop Pedro Ossadón, the apostolicRead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa • Schoenstatt in Costa Rica is becoming more and more a new burst of life reaching out in service to the local Church and to all of Central America. — Another sign of this reality came from the Cathedral of Carmen de Cartago during a recent visit by the rector, Fr. Hernán Chaves Redondo, and his two associate pastors (Frs. Vinicio Sánchez Aragón and Fabricio Sánchez Bonilla) to the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. Two acolytes from the Cathedral, whereRead More
PARAGUAY, BEATIFICATION OF CHIQUITUNGA, Mirtita Etchegaray De Arias, Family Work• The act of walking through the street and seeing so many people was emotionally touching. In the beginning, it made one happy seeing lines upon lines of people waiting to enter, but anxiety began when sensing that there were now few spaces. When everything became worrisome, it sufficed to say “when we consider our own strength, all hope and trust waver…” so we resorted to our ally, to divine strength, prayer…praying to the Blessed Mother that we could enter. —Read More
PARAGUAY, BEAITIFICATION OF CHIQUITUNGA, Mariana Frutos, Mothers’ Branch • In a short while, Paraguay would have her first blessed, the venerable Carmelite, Servant of God, María Felicia de Jesús Sacramentado, also known as Chiquitunga. What should we do? How could we take part in this celebration? How could we miss this historic event? Why not be part of this gift from heaven? How could we miss the opportunity to celebrate holiness? — These questions motivated us and made us think of how we, as Schoenstatt Family, could connect and activelyRead More
PARAGUAY, Chiquitunga’s Beatification, Ara Cáceres –Leader of University Girls’ Youth • Everything began at one of the CAF (Family Council) meetings where the idea emerged to have buses that would leave from the Shrine to participate in Chiquitunga’s Beatification. The idea “Schoenstatt for the Church” prevailed in our hearts, and the desire to experience a piece of heaven with the Family encouraged us take such an initiative. — The Mothers’ Branch and the University Girls’ Youth organizations took up the task. Both were surprised to have a large number ofRead More
GERMANY/ITALY, Dr Peter Wolf • On 11 June thirty-one pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Freiburg, Germany, left for Rome, via Milan, under the guidance of Fr Johnann Schaefer and Dr Peter Wolf.— Ambrose and Charles Borromeo Their first destination was the interesting church Sant’Ambrogio dating back to the early Church. This is where they met Ambrose, one of the important saints of the Church at the turn from the persecution of Christians to the recognition of Christianity. In Milan Cathedral they not only viewed the huge and impressive marble building,Read More
PARAGUAY, Leti and Martín Pereira • In John’s Gospel, our Lord Jesus Christ prays for his followers to be one, just as he and the Father are one. We, as the Paraguayan people and eminently Christian, seldom display a common unity. As the date draws near for Chiquitunga Guggiari’s beatification, she captivated all Paraguayans by traits— which are also our traits— her profound and simple faith. We found this unity Jesus prays for in her. — Artist Koki Ruiz’s work, in the preparation for the beatification ceremony, was the perfectRead More
PARAGUAY, Marguerite Beckers • Sunday, 29 April 2018 was a very special day for the Ministry of Hope in the Diocese of Encarnación. Rosaries were collected from the diocese’s different communities and given to artist Koki Ruiz, for a mosaic being made for, a future blessed Paraguayan, who is very popular. —   In the midst of nature and the peaceful atmosphere of his Tañarandy workshop in Paraguay, artist Koki Ruiz, selects rosaries by color that the faithful have donated to give life to a new work. Pope Francis sentRead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa, Eugenia Cruz de Garnier • On 20 April, eighteen Sisters of Charity that work in different Central American countries met at the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. It was wonderful! They not only asked for an explanation of the genesis and theology behind the Unity of Cross but also the MTA picture, information about Fr. Kentenich, and about the shrine, and they all received a picture of the “Sleeping St. Joseph” as a gift. — Pilgrims to the shrine TheRead More