Schoenstatt – Reaching out Category

ITALY, Federico Bauml • Traditionally during Holy Week, the Italian Schoenstatt Youth’s Family Mission took place. We asked two of the participants, Giacomo Zara and Anna Minici, to tell schoenstatt.org about it. — “Whoever begins well is halfway done” Giacomo, 23 years, was one of those overseeing the mission, an onerous task, characterized by a thousand unforeseen issues, brought to completion – together with Denise, another who was sharing the responsibility  – in the best possible way. Here is his testimony. “During the second half of this year’s Holy Week,Read More
GERMANY, Markus Hauck/Press Office Wuerzburg Diocese • It is the story of a martyr that gets under your skin. Not just because of the varied and skilful music. But also and precisely because of the leading character, the Pallottine Father, Franz Reinisch. It is the story of the only priest who refused to take the oath of allegiance to Hitler during the Nazi period, and who was executed as a result. This is the subject of a musical “Dangerous”, but Wilfried Roehrig, lyricist, composer and producer. On Saturday evening, 14Read More
PARAGUAY, Javier Vera Brizuela • “I was in prison and you visited me…”(Matt. 25:36). For four years, a group of people has visited the Itaugua Educational Center (CEI) every Saturday. This is a place where minor boys are deprived of their freedom; in other words, it is a Juvenile Detention Center. Even it is only one person, the boys are visited and a ministry of accompaniment is carried out, so that they can be re-inserted into society once they are released from incarceration. This year theCatholic University Missions (MUC), foundedRead More
CHILE, Luis Valdebenito Celedón • The Men’s Branch from Los Ángeles has chosen to carry out a concrete and very meritorious apostolate from its’ beginnings. They visit the Mulchén Preventive Detention Center every Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00. Currently between fifteen to twenty inmates – out of 150 – benefit from this apostolate. — In December, Bishop Felipe Bacarreza confirmed ten inmates in the Preventive Detention Center Chapel. Gendarmerie authorities, relatives of the confirmands, and the prison population attended the ceremony. The Blessed Mother established herself in the Preventive DetentionRead More
ARGENTINA, Francisco Verdaguer • It is with great joy that I announce a new wayside shrine dedicated to our Blessed Mother in the El Algarrobal neighborhood of Mendoza. During the last three years, we have the developed the Vía Iesum University Missions of the Schoenstatt Youth from Mendoza in that area. — The Vía Iesum Missions, which means Jesus’ Way, began in the year 2012 and they were carried out during Holy Week, with the slogan of sharing a different Holy Week, accompanying Jesus and Mary during the saddest days,Read More
Victory Shrine Nigeria
NIGERIA, Schoenstatt Fathers • About fifty-six Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign members from Obafemi Awolowo University’s Resurrection Chapel, in the Oshogbo Diocese, Ife, visited the Victory Shrine for the first time. • For them, this visit was a moment of personal encounter with the Blessed Mother in the shrine. There was a celebration of the Mass for them at 9am followed immediately by confession, a time for Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament, the Holy Rosary, and then Fr. Charles gave a series of reflections on Schoenstatt and the Church. Brother DansumaRead More
PARAGUAY, Diego Lugo Osorio • On the last day of the Catholic University Missions (MUC, for its abbreviation in Spanish) I went with my brothers to mission a little further than we had previously done, since we wanted to visit the greatest number of families and homes possible. By the end of the day, right about our return time, we entered what “we considered” our last home to visit. Since it was the last one, we took a little longer than usual. Just as we were leaving and preparing toRead More
GERMANY, Michael Defrancesco • What makes something ring true for us? With whom are we on the same wavelength? When the Academy for Marriage and Family deals with this question at its 16th Graduate Congress at Marienland on Mount Schoenstatt in Vallendar, one already suspects the point: ideally our spouses will make our lives ring true, we are on the same wavelength with both he and our children. “Resonance or the redeemed longing for a successful relationship” was the almost poetic title for the academic weekend. — What makes ourRead More
PARAGUAY, Cristina and Diego Gabriel Aguilera • Upon finishing their work as leaders of the Diocese of San Lorenzo’s Self-education level, a group of couples decided to found another group that wants to do more than the status quo. They give their time once a month and thereby accompany those in great need. Aumeni is the name that the couples’ group adopted and carries out the apostolic sending forth from the shrine to the peripheries taking an encouraging voice to their fellowman.— Going where they are needed the most InRead More
COSTA RICA,  Rudolf Sauter and Fabian González • As businesspeople or executives, one of the most ambitious projects that we can have is to take God, along with the Blessed Mother, into our workplaces. There are a number of limitations preventing us from openly demonstrating our faith in the workplace without affecting coworkers that profess other religious beliefs or do not like to mix work with religion. The Comunidad Internacional de Empresarios y Ejecutivos Schoenstattianos (CIEES) (International Community of Schoenstatt Businesspeople and Executives from Costa Rica has proposed developing toolsRead More