Mother of Tuparenda House Category

Casa Madre de Tuparenda
Fr. Pedro Kühlcke, Paraguay • A few days ago I received a letter in Italian, supposedly from some Trappist nuns in the United States, offering me financial help for social projects at the service of the poorest, and wanting to know what we do in this field. — I answered them in English, since I don’t know enough Italian, and told them about our prison ministry “Visitation of Mary”, and our post-prison program “House Mother of Tupãrenda”. I also wrote that we need support specifically to pay for the scholarshipsRead More
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PARAGUAY, Casa Madre de Tupãrenda (CMT), Alicia Gómez and Minerva Leguizamón • On 9 June 2021, two boys who were part of the Casa Madre de Tupãrenda program, Fabián and Braian, received the sacraments of baptism, first communion and confirmation. They chose Lourdes (Skills teacher) and Rosi (Baking teacher) as their godmothers. — There is no perfect time to join and be part of God’s flock. Baptism is a person’s new beginning. Fabián and Braian made the decision to take this step to change their lives by also sealing theirRead More
PARAGUAY, Roberto M. González and Maria Fischer • The riot in the Tacumbú prison, the largest in Paraguay, ended with seven deaths from stab wounds, some with their throats slit, only two of them were convicted prisoners. This is not just another piece of news. I am thinking that our boys, those boys I met in the juvenile prison, those boys who offered me the first tereré (local drink) of my life, who told me about their dreams for a family, for a dignified life, when they turn 18 mayRead More
PARAGUAY, Casa Madre de Tupãrenda / Maria Fischer • On August 22, four years ago, the doors of the Casa Madre de Tupãrenda , a house for adolescents leaving the Itauguá Educational Cente (read: youth jail), were opened. The dream so longed for was becoming a reality for those who, Saturday after Saturday, stood firm to bring a snack to the adolescents of the Educational Center. On each visit they were soaked in the stories and realities of each of those who were “inside”, and often witnessed the frequent “comingsRead More
PARAGUAY, CMT, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke and Maria Fischer • How does the blessing of the “Sternsinger”, the children dressed as “The Three Kings” from Germany, arrived to the front of the future bakery on the Casa Madre de Tuparenda, I must admit that it is a whole story full of magic, of a dream, of hope against all odds… — It was during Mass in a neighboring parish in January, at the end of the Christmas season, during the days when in Germany thousands of children dressed as kings, walkRead More
PARAGUAY, CMT educators: Lourdes, Victor, Magdalena, Rosi Minerva, Alicia and Ricardo Acosta • The coronavirus pandemic turned the life style of people around the world upside down and the House Mother of Tuparenda (CMT) was no exception, since it also had to stop its activities, with the great challenges that this implied in the process that we had been working with each participant. —     The life in confinement of the participants and their families, as for any person, needed a reinvention to face the consequences of the pandemic.Read More
SCHOENSTATT SOCIAL, Maria Fischer • “The visit to the Vatican continues to circulate”, writes Father Pedro Kühlcke. The visit to the Vatican: through Pamela Fabiano from the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Development, Father Pedro Kühlcke was invited to the International Congress of Catholic prison chaplains at the Vatican. During the concluding audience with the Pope he was able to present him with the book “Libertad en la cárcel”, Freedom in Prison, in which he describes his experiences with Father Kentenich’s pedagogy of working in prisons. The texts ofRead More
PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich • Thanks to the “Intelligent Quarantine” decreed by the government of Paraguay, on Monday, May 4th, we re-opened the doors of the CMT  (Casa Madre de Tuparenda/House Mother of Tuparenda), “reinventing” ourselves to be able to continue giving the opportunity to our adult participants to rejoin the program and thus, together, to be able to accentuate the production of baked goods in the bakery and of mouth guards (so much in demand at this time of COVID-19) in the area of Industrial Confection. On the other hand,Read More
PARAGUAY, HOUSE MOTHER OF TUPÃRENDA, Ani Souberlich • WhatsApp’s messages are pouring in. Twenty young people in quarantine, twenty young people recently released from the juvenile prison, where they were mostly for robberies done to calm their hunger, twenty young people who with great commitment and even greater hope began a path of human development and job training at the House Mother of Tuparenda (CMT – Casa Madre de Tuparenda), are hungry. Not only hunger for lack of food, but hunger for closeness, comfort, justice and peace. They calm theirRead More
PARAGUAY, Fr. Pedro Kühlcke/mf • Paraguay was one of the first countries in the Americas to apply restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. On March 11th, it suspended the activities in educational institutions and events of massive attendance, and a week later it decreed the total isolation of the population, with exceptions for those who carry out essential work and need to be supplied. What about the young people of the Mother House of Tuparenda? — They had to suspend activities a long time ago. These activitiesRead More