Mother of Tuparenda House 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
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
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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
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
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
COVENANT SOLIDARITY, Maria Fischer • One day we will say: “He graduated thanks to the couples from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, some couples of the  Family Federation from Spain …”. A month ago we published an appeal: SOS Casa Madre de Tupãrenda, funding has been suspended, placing at risk the program of the 22 young people who are currently participating in this bold project in the shadow of the Tupãrenda Shrine. More than a work of mercy, this project is the first real option for these youngsters who landedRead More
PARAGUAY, Ricardo Acosta • “CMT, only for the brave”. The slogan, which echoed in recent days at Casa Madre de Tuparenda (CMT), describes the experiences of 5 June with two new graduates of the program. The two brave youngsters did not give up, but conquered all of the challenges they faced to complete the 9-month course, and they are currently working, one in a supermarket, and the other at a reinforced cement factory.— Fr. Pedro has often said that CMT is a program for those who really decide to changeRead More
Kentenich Pedagogy in the Periphery, Fr. Pedro Kuhlcke • Freedom in jail?  “Yes,” said Father Kentenich.  And he would demonstrate it.  “Yes,” says Fr. Pedro Kuhlcke and he demonstrated it:  in the jail for minors in Itaugua, a few kilometers from the Tupãrenda Shrine.  A few months ago, we posed, perhaps, the most daring question on schoenstatt.org:  Is Fr. Kentenich’s pedagogy possible on the periphery?  Yes, he answers, and he demonstrates it in the jail for minors, in this last part of his reflection in relation to the pedagogy ofRead More
PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke, Maria Fischer • “Take the image of the Blessed Mother and give her a place of honor in your homes. Thus your homes will become small shrines, in which that image of grace will pour out its graces, generate a holy family land, and form holy family members.” In 1947 in Santa Maria, Brazil, when Father Kentenich wrote this statement, a statement that has been emblematic for Home Shrines as well as for the Pilgrim MTA’s visit in homes, he couldn’t have imagined that one dayRead More