Schoenstatt – Reaching out Category

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
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PARAGUAY, CMT, Ani Souberlich • Wide-eyed and with a huge smile you hear: “Ojeabrí che korasõ” (my heart has opened). This was Ricardo’s* expression when he saw his mother, brother and nephews arrive for his graduation ceremony. How important it is in every stage of life to see and feel the closeness and accompaniment of one’s family in overcoming the obstacles of daily life. No matter how old one is, there is always a desire deep down in the soul to want, to need to be important to someone. “WithRead More
COSTA RICA, Catalina Hutt • A few weeks ago the photo of a missionary with the Pilgrim MTA on a bicycle went viral. We put it up on schoenstatt.org’s Instagram account with this comment: beautiful photo, but we don’t know where or what real story of life is behind it. A few minutes later, we received a WhatsApp from Catalina Hutt de Cabezas, from Costa Rica: “This photo is of a great collaborator of the Movement in Guanacaste here in Costa Rica!— Here’s what Cata found out while looking forRead More
GUATEMALA, Cori Verdugo • “Two friends that had never heard of Schoenstatt came to Father José Luis Correa’s talk and at the end commented to me: ‘I loved it, I loved it!’ And they are going to participate in my group!” On Thursday, 25 July, 2019, the Schoenstatt Ladies’ Branch (Mothers) of Guatemala City held a conference for women, in San Martin de Porres’ parish, with the topic “Harmonizing head, heart, and will” and a large group of women participated, some of whom already knew Schoenstatt and participate in theRead More
MEXICO – Roy and Cinthia Garza • Putting the entire mixture of feelings experienced during the week we were in the family missions in the municipality of La Asunción in Nuevo León, Mexico into words is very difficult. From previous years, we already had heard of families returning “full” from the experience, and this year, we were fortunate to be able to be part of this very special team. In our children’s short life, it was the first time going on mission, and we had no idea what to expect.Read More
USA, Sr. M. Barbara and Sr. M. Jessica Swedzinski • On Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the Candelaria Shrine on Staten Island, the Schoenstatt Family from New York City and surrounding area states re-crowned our Blessed Mother as Queen of Light. This was a Covenant Love celebration that had been prepared in the preceding months, so that an integral part was the exchange of covenant gifts and petitions on our part to our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen, and Victress of Schoenstatt with her six-fold covenant promises and requests to us.Read More
AMAZONIA, Maria Fischer • “In Bolivia we are suffering an unprecedented environmental tragedy. We need your prayers,” wrote Alexandra Kempf and Roberto Henestrosa, from Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Part of the Amazon rainforest, two-thirds of which is in Brazil, is currently being consumed by flames, but far more quickly than in the last six years. What initially began on Brazilian soil, has already reached the border regions with Peru and Bolivia. In the Santa Cruz area, where a new Schoenstatt Shrine will be blessed a few months from now,Read More
PARAGUAY, Ricardo Acosta and Maria Fischer • “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” said Fr. Pedro as he poured the water over the head of one of the participants of the youth social reintegration program at CMT (Casa Madre de Tupãrenda), who received the sacrament of baptism, a sign of the new life and the mercy of the Triune God. — His name is Antonio*. His godmother Magdalena is the sewing instructor. Far away, in Europe, he has other sponsors, whoRead More
SRI LANKA, Ashanthi Fernando/Maria Fischer • First there were “letters to the MTA in the Original Shrine” coming from Sri Lanka every two, three months— next some Australian word of mouth about the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Rosary Campaign being present in Sri Lanka— then the regular Sri Lankan visitors on schoenstatt.org, emphasizing the importance of going that extra mile in translating all these stories from real life into English, mostly from Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese, and then, as already has happened several times before, an errant piece of mailRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich and Maria Fischer • What was the most touching gift Fr. Pedro received for his silver jubilee? The visit by his parents to Tupãrenda? The presence of the Superior General, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio? The receipt of a generous donation to Casa Madre de Tupãrenda from Germany? The publication of his book Libertad en la cárcel [Freedom in prison]? We didn’t ask him (not to ruin the title of this article), but one of the most touching was surely the large rosary given by the boys atRead More