WYD Panama 2019 Category

COSTA RICA, María José González • A few days ago I was asked to write something for the Schoenstatt website about the Opening Day of the Aliados [Girls’ Youth] in Costa Rica. I was touched that they asked me for this and I spent a lot of time thinking about what to write. I decided that right now, the most beautiful thing that we Costa Ricans can show the Schoenstatt family is the impact that Ignis and Hineni have had on our youth. — Undoubtedly, Ignis and Hineni are aRead More
HOW I EXPERIENCED WYD2019, PANAMÁ, Carmen Franco and Maria Fischer • Almost the entire parish was in full WYD mode as hosts to hundreds of youths for check-in, as a spiritual center, as the event organizer of the “Caleta Festival,” and so much more.  San Francisco de la Caleta parish filled this role in the days prior and during January’s World Youth Day 2019.  This parish, with its parish priest and vicar (a Diocesan Schoenstatt priest) were proud to be hosts to the Schoenstatt Youth in a nearby university andRead More
WYD PANAMA 2019, Paulina Soto and Maria Fischer • Father Rómulo Aguilar, pastor of San Francisco de la Caleta in Panama City, a parish with its wayside shrine that was “home” for Schoenstatt Youths during World Youth Day, received the keys to the city from Panama’s mayor for his work as a WYD organizer. Visibly moved, Father Romulo, the first Schoenstatt Diocesan Priest in Panama, received the distinction.—   Fr. Rómulo D. Aguilar received the “Key to the City” award from Mayor José Blandón Figueroa in recognition for his valuableRead More
WYD2019 COSTA RICA AND PANAMA, by José A. Martínez and Anelena Hueda • This year undoubtedly had a very blessed beginning for the Schoenstatt Family in Costa Rica— for this community gathered around the Family of Hope Shrine always tries making the motto containing the Shrine’s name come alive. Furthermore it was a family renewed and strengthened in hope that Divine Providence gave us in what we experienced during the Schoenstatt youth meetings at the HINENI and IGNIS 2019 celebrations. All this was crowned by the Pope’s visit to PanamaRead More
HOW I EXPERIENCED WYD2019, Justin Muller and Zachary Erick Larson • The Schoenstatt Spiritual Center at San Francisco de la Caleta Parish in Panama City was the Schoenstatt Youth`s joint contribution to World Youth Day and sponsored in a special way by Members of Schoenstatt’s University of Texas/ Austin Men’s Branch along with Fr. Jesus Ferrás.  Two of them, Justin Muller and Zachary Erick Larson share their experiences and impressions:   Justin Muller shares: What the Schoenstatt Spiritual Center means to the Schoenstatt youth and to me? I say andRead More
POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGES OF WYD2019, Maria Fischer • It has been more than three weeks since Pope Francis’ farewell from Panama. Phrases from his homilies, speeches, and prayers still echo in many conversations. There are publications with ten of Pope Francis’ phrases from WYD. Which one is yours, theirs? Here I share “my” phrase from each of Pope Francis’ messages, from a personal—schoenstatt.org perspective—and I’m inviting everyone to identify “their” memorable phrase, that impressed, that transformed, that questioned, and that made us want to take action. — The way ofRead More
HOW I EXPERIENCED WYD2019, Giuliana Lanzoni Domian, Girls’ Youth Costa Rica • What can I tell the Family about my experience at Hinéni and WYD? It is really hard to decide what impressed me the most when everything is appreciated as a time of grace… but I will try and examine my heart.— I want to begin by saying the greatest benefit to my growth I found in the small things. Especially in offering: offering my effort to serve, offering cold nights, offering an appetite for food that was notRead More
My experience of WYD2019, Ana Vargas, Girls’ Youth from San Luis, Argentina• It is the second gathering I have participated in, and I came with more expectations of this one, since one already knows what a gathering is like from previous experience. Those experiences totally met my expectations and then some. They were days that allowed me to deepen in an encounter with myself, with the people around me, and most importantly, with God and his mother since she was one gathering’s protagonists in the motto showing her response toRead More
HOW I EXPERIENCED WYD2019 – POPE FRANCIS, Editorial team. • The World Youth Day 2019 has ended, but we carry on – we continue with the impressions of the events that are still missing on schoenstatt.org, and we begin a new series of articles under the theme: “How I experienced the World Youth Day.” We asked several people and are looking forward to the testimonies of many more – and the first to give his testimony is Pope Francis himself. — Pope Francis’ Testimony at the General Audience, 30.01.2019 DearRead More
WYD2019 PANAMA, Maria Fischer • Does someone speak Spanish? Yessssss! Of course. Portuguese? Yessss! English? Yesss! Does someone speak Italian? “Yessssss!” shouted Pamela Fabiano the only Schoenstatt representative from Italy along with the Brazilians and Germans close by her that also shouted. On the night of January 23rd, the day of Pope Francis’ arrival in Panama, hundreds of Schoenstatt young people, parish neighbors, and many other people were in the square beside San Francisco de la Caleta parish for the Schoenstatt Marian Festival at WYD, to share their love forRead More