Missions Category

USA, Zachary E. Larson • Austin CARITAS is a 5-day Schoenstatt mission trip hosted yearly in Austin, Texas. The mission began in 2013, inviting university students to serve their city. Missionaries volunteer with charitable organizations during the day, and receive spiritual formation in the evenings, building community throughout the week. Thomas Quintero and Alexander Chunda, of the Life Group “Knights of Our Queen,” led CARITAS 2019. Zachary Larson interviewed them and provides their testimony below.— The Impact of World Youth Day “CARITAS is a mission in Austin TEXAS, inspired byRead More
ARGENTINA, Carlos and Lilita Riccardi • Once again the Schoenstatt Family Missions of La Plata (Mission #21 uninterruptedly) went on mission, this time to General Alvear, in the Province of Buenos Aires. A town that is 228 km from the Federal Capital that seems to frozen in time, typical of the interior of the province, with its church in the main square, next to the mayor’s office and other government offices. A village of about 10,000 inhabitants, where the majority of young people emigrate at age 17/18 to study orRead More
ARGENTINA, Facundo Gauto (via schoenstatt.org.ar) • On December 26th after a farewell Mass at Carmen Arriola de Marín School, 220 missionaries left from Buenos Aires for Balcarce and its surroundings accompanied by Fr. Manuel López Naón, Fr. Tomás Dell’ Oca, seminarian Juan Molina, and Sr. Rafaela.— A motto in our hearts became action: “I am here because you have called me.” We were seven communities in total, three remained in Balcarce (they stayed in the gardens, but they carried out their activities at San Cayetano, María Auxiliadora and María LujánRead More

Posted On 09.02.2019In Missions

Gospel for the poor

PERÚ, Manuel Huapaya • “Gospel for the poor,” with this phrase that framed Bishop Reinaldo Nann, Bishop of the Prelature of Caravelí’s pastoral work, we gathered a little more than a year ago to begin the first Schoenstatt Family Missions in his city. At that time, everything seemed so far away, but it was interesting and challenging. Undoubtedly the Blessed Mother had a course charted, and so Bishop Nann asked Fr. Esteban Casquiero from Argentina (Institute of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests) to be in charge as adviser and to direct thisRead More
ARGENTINA, Carlos and Lilita Ricciardi • This year the summer Family Missions in General Alvear, Argentina that families and youth from La Plata will carry out coincides with World Youth Day in Panama. Just like every year, they are accompanied with prayer and capital of grace from many places of the world, and this time we will simultaneously pray for World Youth Day. — Last Covenant Day, Tuesday December 18th, in the Shrine of Father’s Freedom, La Plata, Argentina, we began a Prayer Chain for the Argentinean Marian Family MissionsRead More
ARGENTINA, Belkys and Sebastián Cajide• On Saturday, December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary was commemorated through the first Advent Mission in Resistencia. The family missions organized it and the large Schoenstatt Family accompanied it.— We had the participation and collaboration from different Branches that make up the Movement; it was an experience of community and fraternity through service to most needy. Ninety missionaries went out to the encounter, visiting our fellowmen and from the Villa Chica neighborhood. We gathered there to conquer our greatly, desired shrine.Read More
ARGENTINA, Sebastián Cajide • This year, the Schoenstatt Family Missions once again went forth to encounter the communities, this time in the area of Colonias Unidas, a town located 100 km from Resistencia, the provincial capital Chaco, Argentina. – To Colonias Unidas with 105 missionaries We feel that our Family Missions are an apostolate of reaching out that reflects Schoenstatt’s newness and that wants to give the Church and the world a message of hope, of family, of love and peace. This time, we were 105 missionaries who gave ourRead More
COSTA RICA, Rafael and Jessica Pérez de Araya/Michelle Ramírez • Mission Monterrey 2018: Every new activity generates fear, uncertainty, and internal questioning about not knowing what God wants of us and what his will is. However, this never diminished our desire to serve him.— We eagerly prepared spiritually for this important task from the moment we received the first call last February. Despite this, in the days prior to the start of the mission, things crossed our path that frustrated our ability to participate. However, we never lost the eagernessRead More
CUBA, Fr. Jorge Andrés Rubido Rosas • Just like a year ago, this summer, missionaries from the Schoenstatt Movement in Spain have come to the parish. Five girls on fire with love for Christ and the Blessed Mother have gladdened us with the testimony of their lives.— The mission experience was in Los Arabos, a town on the far east of Matanzas province, Cuba. In the mornings we went out to the streets to visit the sick and to invite the children to the children’s workshop. During the first weekRead More
MEXICO, Ana Echavarría Barrios • During the summer family missions this year, from July 31 to August 5, seven families from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, visited the community of San Francisco, in Villa de Arriaga, accompanied by their own and other children: in total were sixty-eight missionaries, including two youths from the Boys’ Youth from the USA and Paraguay. — The community consisted of approximately 400 families made up of simple people who work in the fields (the milpa as they say), although others have immigrated to the United States.Read More