Schoenstatt – Reaching out Category

PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke/mf Christmas in jail? It is sad reality for hundreds of young adolescents in Itagua, Paraguay’s Juvenile Detention Center close to the Tupãrenda Shrine. Christmas in jail? While others rest, sing, feast, and enjoy family and friends? Madness! Madness and a joy for the Schoenstatt prison ministry team. — “Thank you for remembering us on such a special day!” some of the young men said, almost tearfully … Ismelda, she is the “snack boss” each Saturday, comments: “It is worthwhile!! For a hug, for a happy face,Read More
ermita de Trelew
ARGENTINA, Mónica García • A few days ago, when the Silver Anniversary of the “Promised Land Shrine was celebrated, the anniversaries of several wayside shrines nearby it were also celebrated: the Trelew Wayside Shrine, the Puerto Madryn Wayside Shrine, and the one from Rawson, each one a fruit of the commitment of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign and of the founding of the shrine.— From the love and dedication of the Rosary Campaign “How many beautiful memories were experienced though the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign?” commented Lili Presas, from Rawson, a CampaignRead More
AUSTRIA, Martin Schiffl via schoenstatt.at• The success story of the Schoenstatt Family Magazine “Family as a Vocation” began in 1984 and this magazine enters its 6th generation in 2019. The start of the new era took place on January 6, 2019 in Schoenstatt am Kahlenberg. The managers of the 5th generation, Lisi and Stefan Haslinger, handed over the leadership to Claudia and Klaus Umschaden, who will continue the success story of this medium in the next 4 years. With a circulation of 6300 copies, the family magazine, now affectionately calledRead More
MEXICO, Ana Echavarría Barrios • The Schoenstatt Family from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, experienced joy in one more year of the “Family to Family Apostolate. — “Family to Family” causes us to experience the true meaning of the Child’s birth in our hearts, and it helps us transform it into concrete works of love from our Shrine as a source of graces of apostolic sending forth and a beautiful bridge leading us to always be a Church reaching out.   The joy of Christmas on the faces of children andRead More
ARGENTINA, Carlos and Lilita Ricciardi • This year the summer Family Missions in General Alvear, Argentina that families and youth from La Plata will carry out coincides with World Youth Day in Panama. Just like every year, they are accompanied with prayer and capital of grace from many places of the world, and this time we will simultaneously pray for World Youth Day. — Last Covenant Day, Tuesday December 18th, in the Shrine of Father’s Freedom, La Plata, Argentina, we began a Prayer Chain for the Argentinean Marian Family MissionsRead More
PARAGUAY, Victorina Sosa, Mima Cordona/mf • On 10 December 2005, a wayside shrine for the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt was blessed in Loreto, a city founded by the Jesuits on 10 December 1686. This December 10th after it was affectionately restored, the Blessed Mother’s picture for this wayside shrine was blessed and received a crown. — Loreto is located on a high hill in the Department of Concepción, approximately 450 km from Asunción. A brief article in Wikipedia about Loreto states: “A wayside shrine was erected for the BlessedRead More
PARAGUAY, Ana E. Souberlich • On 10 December 1939, the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt was crowned as Queen in recognition and gratitude for everything she had done throughout the first twenty-five years of Schoenstatt (see 2nd Founding Document, no. 42). From that moment on, the title of Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen of Schoenstatt remained. Since then, the Blessed Mother has been crowned many times. Fr. Kentenich himself crowned her in Dachau as Queen of bread, at a time when hunger was extreme and threatening. Today on 10 December 2018,Read More
GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, Helmut Kirschner • “What does God want me to say?” There is often not enough time in everyday life to set ourselves apart with this question. The International Kentenich Academy for Leaders (IKAF) has therefore invited – for the first time this year – under the title “Just breathe” to a silent religious retreat for leaders at the Schoenstatt Center on the mountain in Memhoelz in the Allgaeu region.— It started on the 1st Sunday of Advent and ended on the day of St. Nicholas – a very specialRead More
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer with material from www.dequeni.org.py • The scholarship campaign “Help them shape their future” is Dequení’s fundraising initiative seeking to join forces, supporting children’s education at the beginning of the school cycle. It consists in contributing only 500.000 Guaraníes (75,00 € / 85.00 USD) that can be made by credit card at the website of Dequeni  or via Fundraisingbox. — “Jefferson had the opportunity that my other children did not have, and now I understand the value of early stimulation, because my son has changed,” Felipa related how she accompaniedRead More
ITALY, Gian Francesco Romano • On 24 November 2008, encouraged by an Argentinean priest, students of the Law Faculty from the University of Roma Tre significantly—twelve students— founded “Giurcap.” Giurcap is a university chaplaincy that is extraordinary because those who participate offer not only valid religious and human accompaniment during a specific phase of life, but most of all because for a group of people, it provides an environment, a climate, capable of withstanding (even past the conclusion of their studies) and concretely demonstrates it is possible to grow asRead More