Schoenstatt – Reaching out Category

VATICAN/PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • They had met before, and at that time it also had to do with serving young prisoners. It was in July 2015 on the banks of the river at Asuncion when Fr Pedro stood on a podium with Pope Francis and a young prisoner from the Youth Prison in Itaugua. Now Pope Francis and Fr Pedro Kühlcke have met again in the Vatican at the close of the International Congress on “Integral Human Development and the Catholic Prison Pastorate” for regional and national leaders of theRead More
VATICAN/PARAGUAY, Pamela Fabiano and Maria Fischer • From 7 to 8 November 2019 an international meeting is taking place in the rooms of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on “Integral Development and a Catholic Prison Pastorate”. Fr Pedro Kühlcke from Paraguay, a Schoenstatt Father, has been invited to attend this meeting, which is dealing with the challenge of tackling the penal system. For years he has been working in the pastoral team of a young offender institution, and for three years with “Casa Madre de Tuparenda”. This isRead More
UNITED KINGDOM, Fr. Bryan Cunningham • Following a first get together of members of Schoenstatt living in the London area, a larger meeting called “Schoenstatt away from Home” was offered Saturday, 12 octobre.  — We were very grateful to Fr David Barrow whom Carmen, one of the volunteers at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Bolton, Manchester, contacted to ask if we could meet in St Charles Borromeo in Ogle Street Westminster. There were 14 adults and seven children came to meet up with Julio, Ignacio, and Fr. Bryan Cunningham. The familyRead More
PARAGUAY, Ricardo Acosta • Gratitude, joy, amazement, emotion – the closing ceremony for Cristian, a youth who successfully completed the program of Casa Madre de Tupãrenda (CMT), was marked by great emotions. Emma N., who had hired him to work in the Morel supermarket, where he had completed his internship and then was then allowed to stay the same to work as a baker, was there with him. — In the presence of his loved ones and his godfather Don Pepi (José) Cosp, Cristian was thankful for the support heRead More
BRAZIL/ROME, Renate Miriam Dekker and Mechthild Jahn • On 13 October, together, we watched the canonization Mass of Sister Dulce, “Holy Dulce of the Poor” on television. I told Mechthild Jahn that I personally knew Sister Dulce during the sowing of the Pilgrim MTA in northeastern Brazil. Father Miguel Lencastre and I made apostolic trips traveling great distances, from Ceará to Bahia to make our Pilgrim Mother known. — An encounter with Sister Dulce In Salvador, we got an interview with Sr. Dulce at San Antonio Hospital. It must haveRead More
PARAGUAY, Sady Fleitas • As on every first Saturday of the month, we had our mission at the Social Welfare Institute Central Hospital. There were only twelve of us among the Rosary Campaign missionaries and three Eucharistic ministers, so we could only go two by two (maximum three) and we also had some Pilgrim MTAs. — The SWI Mission takes place every first Saturday at the Social Welfare Institute Central Hospital (or SWI/CH). It began with a priest sending out and the Eucharistic ministers and us. The Rosary Campaign missionariesRead More
COMMUNICATION ACCORDING TO JOSEPH KENTENICH’S EXAMPLE, Maria Fischer .    “So that you can tell your son and grandson” (Ex 10:2). Life creates history. That is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the World Communication Day. “By choosing this theme, taken from a passage in the Book of Exodus, Pope Francis underlines how particularly precious is the patrimony of memory in communications. The Pope has emphasized many times that there is no future without being rooted in the lived history. He has helped us understand that memory is notRead More
GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, Melanie und Ulrich Grauert • The IKAF (International Kentenich Academy for Executives), together with P. Michael Hagan (ISch), is offering a silent retreat for executives from 01 – 05 December 2019 for the second time. The venue will be the Schoenstatt Center Memhölz in the Allgäu region of Germany, which invites you to breathe deeply with its landscape and location.— One participant in the pilot project last year still enthuses today: “What particularly appealed to me last time was the experience of simply being able to dive into silence.Read More
COSTA RICA, schoenstatt.org in conversation with “los tempranitos or early birds of the Universal Apostolic Confederation,” Elizabeth Fields and Alejandro Robles • “Everyone said this was impossible. Then one came that didn’t know, and just did.” As we talked via WhatsApp between Barcelona and Cologne until we ran out of cellphone batteries, my gaze stumbled upon a postcard that had been “residing” on my desk for years that said: “Everyone said this was impossible. Then one came that didn’t know, and just did.” In this case, a married couple came,Read More
COSTA RICA, Rodrigo Blanco • In Costa Rica, the Madrugadores were born in 2007, in San Rafael de Escazú, as a result of Derek Monturiol and Father Ronny Solano’s enthusiasm. — Forty men believed and attended the first time, they met in silence to be with Jesus, to put everything in his hands and also to give thanks.   Give up a few more hours of sleep to be with Jesus The Madrugadores are willing to deny themselves the desire of staying in bed for a few more hours, toRead More