ARGENTINA, by Maria Fischer •
Approximately 55 km north of Buenos Aires, Pilar is one of the most important areas in that region of Greater Buenos Aires. It is known as the national capital of polo, and it is a very important urban industrial center that is constantly developing. After visiting Los Olmos Schoenstatt Center in Pilar, Fr. Esteban Uriburu’s dream with its wayside shrine, chapel, house and its large grounds with majestic trees, two schoenstatt.org team members remained for a while in the Las Palmas de Pilar shopping mall. The original plan was to then visit the Escobar Belén Shrine, but for several reasons this did not materialize. What they did not know is how close they were to this same Shrine’s Pilar headquarters. The Pilar St. Joseph Center is located right behind Las Palmas de Pilar.
It is a house at the service of the Schoenstatt Movement; the Institute of Our Lady of Schoenstatt is in charge of it. Groups of children, youths, mothers, couples and the Rosary Campaign meet there. There is also catechesis for First Communion and Confirmation for children, youths and adults from the Barrio Buen Amigo, which is close to this house.
Blessing of the Chapel
23 April 2016, the long awaited day for the blessing of the new Chapel of Central San José arrived. At the Schoenstatt Center at Pilar, Bishop Zárate-Campana blessed the Chapel consecrated to St. Joseph, along with Fr. Pedro María Laxague, and Fr. Benjamín Pereira, from the community of Schoenstatt Fathers, and Fr. Alfredo, pastor of St. Manuel Martyr.
More than 150 people participated, including couples, mothers and members of the Girls’ Youth. There was also the very special presence of Barrio Buen Amigo’s families that participate every Saturday in catechesis and weekly gatherings for mothers.