works of mercy Category

PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke • – Hello, Pepito! Are you in jail again? Too bad! Why? –Yes, Fr. forgive me! I was out for four months. However, I did not find work anywhere, I did not have support from anyone; you know my family chaos. Temptation was stronger, and I failed again. The sorrow: A short time after his release, he is in jail again Almost two years ago when we became aware that the Blessed Mother wanted to send us to such an existential periphery like a jail forRead More
Editorial • “Finally Marciana was seen. The municipality intervened. The Blessed Mother blesses her,” Rafael Vera from the Youth Ministry of the Pilgrim Mother Campaign in Paraguay relates with emotion. But long before she received medical attention, this old, blind, sick woman who lived in abject poverty and complete abandonment, received a visit from one of the young people who brought her clothes, food, the Pilgrim Mother for the blind and her presence, their songs, their love, their time. A work of mercy, making it visible and tangible in theRead More
URUGUAY, by Laura Voituret and Matías Cerviño • We invite you to learn about the work the Schoenstatt Movement carries out at Providencia Educational Center (Montevideo, Uruguay), a place the Blessed Mother chose to transform hearts. Learn first-hand what happens there and join by collaborating with this project. In 1994, Providencia emerged as a current of life born from the Shrine in the country where the First Daughter Shrine was established; it is an Educational Center located in Montevideo’s Cerro Oeste, in the Casabó neighborhood, one of the most vulnerableRead More
PARAGUAY, by Rafael Vera, Mima Cardona and Maria Fischer • On 16 January 2015, during a visit from a youth group in an outlying neighborhood of Capiatá. Rafael Vera, of the Pilgrim Mother Campaign Youth Ministry asked a WhatsaApp campaign missionary group: “Is there a Pilgrim Mother for the visually impaired in Paraguay?” They had found Marciana Roda, who lives on Km. 21 in the San José de Capiatá neighborhood: “She lives alone, without help. The neighbors bathe her. She does not have fingers and she is blind…” She needsRead More
PARAGUAY, Dequení and Maria Fischer • Strong storms and floods have recently affected three important Dequení community centers caring for more than 1,000 children. Activities have been suspended, or they are being carried out in provisional locations. The Manos Juntas community center, located at the Pirapomi neighborhood of Arroyos y Esteros, is isolated by floodwaters from the Manduvirá River, Dequení is working with community and city leaders to guarantee help for this area. El Triunfo community center at Caaguazú also suffered serious cracks, a collapsed roof and wall. Dequeni hasRead More
BRAZIL, Gregory Oliveira • The spirit of Christmas once again takes into account the dark streets of Sao Paulo/SP, thanks to Christmas in Solidarity. At dawn on 25 December 2015, Schoenstatt Apostolic Youths from the Jaraguá neighborhood once again transformed the solitude of the night into a smile for those who live alone on the capital’s streets and avenues. Christmas in Solidarity reached the ten-year mark of mission with great celebration. The apostolic initiative began in 2005 with a small group of Youths from Jaraguá going through the city’s streetsRead More
PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke, Maria Fischer • Christmas in jail: the Itauguá juvenile detention center, a few kilometers from the Schoenstatt Shrine at Tupãrenda. For a little more than a year, ‘mercy’ has a face here, mercy that has to do with being and doing, just as Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio said during the opening of the Holy Door at the Original Shrine. During preparation for World Youth Day in Kraków during the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asked youths to select and carry out a physical and spiritual actRead More
PARAGUAY, Dequení • In the midst of fundraising to collect funds and to conquer scholarships in solidarity so that thousands of children from families with limited resources can attend school in 2016, Dequení is in solidarity with all the families affected by rising Paraguayan and Paraná’s rivers and their tributaries.  Among the displaced, there are families accompanied constantly by the Foundation projects, in the communities of Villeta and Arroyos y Esteros. Dequení is working with community leaders and SEN’s (National Emergency Services) contacts, the cities and governments to assist theRead More
PARAGUAY, PRISON MINISTRY “Visitación de Maria”, by Sergio Galeano y Roberto González • Each Saturday, there is a celebration at Centro Educativo Itauguá (CEI)detention center for teens that we do not want to miss. Moreover each celebration is different, a good time is guaranteed, and one meets new people. “Good afternoon boys, how are you?” is the traditional greeting at the beginning of the gathering. “Blessed!” they always strongly respond. “Do you know what we are going to do today?” we ask. “Yes, catechesis!” one of them responds. And theyRead More
PARAGUAY, by María Fischer • “The private initiative of a member of our Family, in the context of the Jubilee Year – to build in the heart of Paraguay the basic infrastructures for homes which can continue being built by their beneficiaries – led us to the decision that the gift we can give to His Holiness through Covenant solidarity and with the support of friends and acquaintances, is to give 100 basic homes to 100 families who live in extreme poverty. They will be the living remembrance of ourRead More