Schoenstatt – Reaching out Category

GERMANY, Sr. Cordula-Maria Leidig   • An information day about the Alpha Courses took place at the Schoenstatt Center in Wiesbaden and was the prelude to the “Alpha Course” project that the Schoenstatt Center is developing together with the parish of St. Peter and Paul (Wiesbaden-West). — For most of the 18 participants (from Wiesbaden up to the surrounding area of Bad Nauheim) “Alpha” was completely new territory: “Alpha” is a series of meetings where the Christian faith can be discovered in a relaxed atmosphere. At each meeting, questions aboutRead More
MEXICO, Brenda Rocamontes • After months of preparation, the day finally arrived to begin the mission. Youth from Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Guadalajara, Chuihuahua, Monterrey, and Iguala responded to the Blessed Mother’s call to live Holy Week in “Mexico: Mary’s Light” Missions. More than 500 young people gathered at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Tancanhuitz de Santos, San Luis Potosí and thus began the National Day.—   In this encounter, where as Schoenstatt Youth from Mexico, we lived and experienced workshops, activities, and we celebrated the Eucharist together. ItRead More
PARAGUAY, Cristy Santa Cruz • Another Saturday of prison ministry. Each Saturday is unlike another, but for me, this Saturday was particularly strange. We were told there were two jailbreaks during the week on different days. Everyone who visits each Saturday knows what that means: many missing faces, many transfers, and many changes. — It was impossible for us not to feel like we were left hanging— worried about who will not show up, who is there, who left. The care we give all the boys is immense; it doesn’tRead More
Kentenich Pedagogy on the Peripheries, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke • Is freedom in jail possible?  “Yes,” said Father Kentenich.  And he proved it.  “Yes,” says Fr. Pedro Kuhlcke, and he is proving it: at a jail for minors in Itauguá, a few kilometers from the Tupãrenda Shrine.  Perhaps the most daring question we already asked a few months ago from schoenstatt.org:  Is Kentenich pedagogy on the peripheries possible?  Yes, he answered, and he is proving it in this jail for minors, in this third part of his reflection in relation toRead More
ARGENTINA, Priscila Farías and Nacho Sanguinetti During Holy Week, a group of young people left everything behind to live the University Missions “Ita Pater, Ita Mater”. —   University missions belong to the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement. Young people from this community take refuge during Holy Week in different places in the Chaco interior to live and experience a different Holy Week, far from everyday life and close to God. The basis of the university missions does not lie in the activities the youth carry out within the communities, however theRead More
ARGENTINA, Tita Ríos • Villaguay, the Central Department of Entre Ríos Province, its capital city bears the same name. Far from the Paraná and Uruguay rivers, it is still attractive due to its own splendid river and spas. Its agricultural production stands out, and it is ideal to visit all year round.— The Rosary Campaign with the Schoenstatt Pilgrim MTA penetrated deeply into its inhabitants around the parishes of St. Rose and the Immaculate Conception. The missionaries have worked hard, accompanying families. On May 4th, a grey autumn day withRead More
USA, Abel Gonzalez, Maria Fischer • “I know that this is a sacrifice but just know many blessings will come out of it. Please let other people know …” With this clear challenge a few days ago, Abel Gonzalez sent off the information and invitation to the 50th Annual Schoenstatt Boys’ Walk, from the Wayside Shrine at 2309 Marguerite Street, Corpus Christi, to the Schoenstatt Shrine in Lamar, Texas. This year`s walk is scheduled for July 13th and 14th. — A little history and an invitation Forty-nine years ago, fourRead More
Martina y Martha
ARGENTINA, Martha Liotti, founder of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Rosary Campaign for Babies and Children at Risk  • An encounter can happen anywhere — in a supermarket, a beauty salon, a party, a retreat center, or simply in your own home. Twenty years after the beginning of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Rosary Campaign for Babies and Children at Risk, I allow myself to write in first person and publish my testimony, my encounters, to demonstrate the bonds that Mother’s presence deepens in the families of little children that receive theRead More
ITALY, Federico Bauml • The traditional mission also took place during Holy Week this year. After two years in Vico Equense we were in Sant’Angelo d’Alife this year: new destination, old – amazing – successful.— In recent years, the mission during Holy Week has become a great tradition for young people belonging to the parish of Santi Patroni d’Italia, which is closely linked to the Schoenstatt Movement. A tradition, which despite many difficulties, is renewed each year, finding new life and new fire. Fire Yeah, fire. In Latin Ignis, theRead More
GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, Maria Fischer • It was almost at the end that the words were spoken that describe these ten years of IKAF, and at the same time the next year’s programme and challenge: Around the Table. With these words Fr Kentenich described his concept of communication. “Around the Table” – that is the new name for the biennial meeting of leaders and business people prepared by the International Kentenich Academy for Leaders (IKAF). — Around the table: Fr Kentenich developed this concept already in the founding period and applied itRead More