Original Shrine Category

mkf. On the morning of September 18th, a large group of Argentineans bid farewell to the Original Shrine departing early in the morning for Rome via Stuttgart, Munich, and Quarten, Switzerland. They had been visiting Schoenstatt since September 12th. They attended the Mass on September 15th in the Adoration Church, and they traveled around Schoenstatt as well as the surrounding areas in the footsteps of the Father. For many of them, it was their first visit to Schoenstatt. "I still cannot believe I am truly here,” said Coco RicciardiRead More
Sr. M. Angela Macari. An historical moment occurred for the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Campaign in the Philippines on September 20, 2009. Christina Klein from Brodenbach returned home to Germany after her 5-month participation in the Extended Stay Program in Brazil, bringing with her the Pilgrim Mother Auxiliary for the Philippines. She and her family generously became -- as Deacon Pozzobon liked to say of himself -- "a little donkey", transporting the 24 lb. auxiliary from the Frankfurt Main airport to the Original Shrine. Sincere thanks were extended to her andRead More
mkf. Sent: this is what still resounds – after more than two weeks since August 20th – in the more than 350 Schoenstatt Federation members who, after participating in the congress, the celebration and the pilgrimage, have returned to their countries of origin and their areas of apostolate. Sent and encouraged to assume a dynamic apostolic spirit ….. a spirit of freedom and a federative community spirit ….. and shared responsibility ….. as was expressed by Fr. Heinrich Walter in his words of greeting and motivation: Read More
mkf. The inhabitants of Vallendar, Germany had placed candles in windows, gardens and patios when around 10:00 P.M., approximately 500 adolescents and youths from all parts of Germany, Italy, Poland, Brazil, Argentina, and other countries, began a candlelight procession from the city high school to the Original Shrine. They were singing and praying as they passed through Gilgenborn. This night-time pilgrimage and vigil on the grounds of the Original Shrine was for many of the youths the high-point of the “Night of the Shrine” which since WorldRead More
mkf. Since that September 15th, 1968, each September15th morning is something special in Schoenstatt; there is something mystical associated with the carpet of white flowers - lilies, carnations - that replace the red carpet usually marking the place where Father Joseph Kentenich died forty-one years ago. Celebrating Holy Mass and gathering all the Schoenstatt Family at the hour of his death in the place where he celebrated his last Holy Mass is touching the eternal through the memories of that day when Father Kentenich finished his earthly life to continueRead More
mkf. All the Branches from the Diocese of Tucumán have it, just like Costa Rica and very soon Australia will also have it. Mexico has ten and South Africa has six, Rosario, in Argentina is waiting for it, meanwhile Buenos Aires and La Plata already have it. Brazil has it, Germany also has it, and it has already arrived in Rome. It crosses borders and awakens the same symptoms in each sphere. We’re not talking about a new virus, although it is as contagious as aRead More
mkf. It was an intense time, a time of many personal experiences, events and a time to obtain new understanding for the almost 400 members of the Apostolic Schoenstatt Federations of whom the last were returning to their home countries at the beginning of this week. On August 20, 1919, a group of youths founded the “Apostolic Federation” at Horde in the city of Dortmund. Upon this foundation, throughout the years, all of the communities of the Schoenstatt Work developed, not only the six Federations – ofRead More
P. Heinrich Walter. The General Congress of the Schoenstatt Fathers, elected the members of the General Council. At the General Chapter in 2003, The Superior General, and the leader of the free communities were electend for a 12-year-term, the other councilors for a six-year-term.  Read More
Dear young people gathered in Schoenstatt, On this Night of the Shrines, you are renewing a Covenant of Love sealed four years ago by 2500 young people in the name of thousands of Schoenstatt Youth in their home countries and the millions of youth in this world who struggle to find their place and their unique mission in this life.  Read More
SCHOENSTATT, mkf. July 18th was the 95th Anniversary of a key event in the history of the Original Shrine: On July 18, 1914, Father Kentenich read an article in the newspaper about Pompeii, a Marian pilgrimage place located in the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, which told of Our Lady of Pompeii who "had worked irrefutable miracles". Moreover, it explained how the biggest miracle was that in the year 1871 an unknown lawyer founded a pilgrimage place over the ruins of the godless city in modern Italy.Read More