Schoenstatt – Reaching out Category

COVENANT SOLIDARITY, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • A terrible cyclone that swept through parts of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe has left a wake of destruction. The worst hit area, according to media reports, is Beira, Mozambique’s fourth largest city with a population of over 500,000 people.— The authorities fear that over 1,000 people were killed and that initial footage suggests that 90% of the city has been destroyed. Roads and bridges have been swept away. Buildings were destroyed, and a dam burst, further inundating the town. They have been without electricity forRead More
PARAGUAY, Sady Fleitas • On Saturday, March 2 we resumed our first mission of 2019 to IPS (Social Welfare Institute, public hospital, created “to protect the health of Paraguay’s salaried workers”). As usual, we went with a large group of very close friends, all of whom are also missionaries. Here are some of the stories of the people we visited with the Pilgrim Mother. — As we entered the first room, room 359, the Blessed Mother had prepared a tremendous gift of love for me: there was Brunito, a boyRead More
PARAGUAY, GERMANY, FR Leonhard Erhard • “I was already curious and am enthusiastic when I recall my experiences of the prison pastorate in the diocese”: The German version of the website of Casa Madre de Tuparenda was hardly on line before the first visitor announced himself. Fr Leonhard Erhard (retired) had celebrated his 80th birthday a few weeks before. We asked him for “more”. Here is his comment … While I was working for Caritas, the prison pastorate was one of the pastoral areas, and among the institutions there wasRead More
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • It was during my last visit to the  House Mother of Tuparenda (CMT), on that day in September 2018, when it occurred to me to promise to internationalize the brand new official website of Fundaprova, which presents the socio-educational project “Mother House of Tuparenda”. With Mirta Etchegaray, Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Claudia Echenique and Johannes Link we worked hard and a bit longer than calculated,  and today we can proudly present a page that, in addition to the original Spanish, also has a German and an English version,Read More
AUSTRIA, Martin Schiffl via schoenstatt.at • When there is “full house” in the Formation Centre on the Kahlenberg, Vienna, and Auxiliary Bishop Franz Charl is sending out four couples as family trainers, there is a mission celebration. The fifteenth course of the Academy for Family Pedagogy at Schoenstatt am Kahlenberg, Vienna, has come to a glorious conclusion.— The couples have successfully completed the two-year formation as family trainers and are now ready to work for the Church and society. It was a great joy for Auxiliary Bishop Franz Scharl, asRead More
GERMANY,  Stephan und Rebecca Jehle • A few weeks ago at the Schoenstatt Center in Aulendorf, Rebecca and Stephan Jehle (family photo above), family trainers, organized a family weekend with eight families. All kinds of interesting articles could have been written about it, and then one was published on a participant’s blog.  We publish it here, with the author’s permission. Quite different… very different and very good.— Here is the original report (and more) by Dagny Locher: My husband is Catholic. Many are Catholic, I know, but he is reallyRead More
UGANDA, Jean de Dieu Ntisumbwa/Maria Fischer • Nakivale refugee camp is a settlement located in the Isingiro District of Southwestern Uganda, and it hosts more than 100,000 refugees From Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and so-called “mixed people”… It is here, where Jean de Dieu Ntisumbwa, a Schoenstatt member, a refugee from Burundi who left his country but not his Covenant, founded Schoenstatt in Uganda. On March 3rd, a Pilgrim Mother picture coming from Argentina, blessed in the National Shrine in FlorencioRead More
PUERTO RICO, Luis Enrique Ojeda • The Madrugadores de Maria (Dawn-breakers of Mary) is a current of life that emerged in Rancagua, Chile on May 28, 1989. It’s a men`s movement that has grown throughout Chile and fifteen countries internationally. Puerto Rico has eight groups, ours being, Cabo Rojo, the second to be formed, which on February 19th, celebrated its tenth anniversary.— A modest initiative As Madrugadores, we experience a torrent of graces in response to a very modest initiative, getting up early to pray in the Shrine. This simpleRead More
Sarah-Leah Pimentel, South Africa • In a country facing severe food and medicine food shortages due to rampant hyperinflation and poor governance, humanitarian aid is a necessity. It is a crime against humanity to burn that food which could save thousands of lives.— There is not enough food in Venezuela to meet the basic daily needs of more than half of the population. Countless people have died of preventable diseases because the hospitals have run out of medical supplies and medicines. For a moment let us put aside the politicsRead More
Kentenich pedagogy on the outskirts, Fr. Pedro Kuhlcke • “This is the aim of our education:  to see to it that those entrusted to us have the disposition and the ability to live through one’s own motivation and initiative the life of a child of God:” demanding words for the Kentenich pedagogy on the outskirts.  We share the experiences and conclusions of Fr. Pedro Kuhlcke in this text worked out from a conference for Tupãrenda’s Boys’ Youth. —   When your leader asked me to give a talk to theRead More