Pilgrims from Kenya under the sign of Mother Teresa’s of Calcutta canonization
The Eternal City was full of visitors and pilgrims from the all over the world on the eve of one of the most important events of the Holy Year of Mercy: the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the saint of mercy and something similar also happened at the Schoenstatt International Center in Belmonte. A group of pilgrims arrived at the Belmonte gate: fifty-three Kenyans, including twenty priests, among them the vicar general of the diocese and several religious from different orders. They were motivated by Fr. Reinhard Foerster of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests to include the Schoenstatt Shrine and Domus Pater Kentenich still under construction into their packed one week visit to Rome schedule for the canonization of Mother Teresa. They all came from the Diocese of Murnag’a where Schoenstatt was founded twenty years ago.
Where our parish priest feels at home in Rome: pilgrims from Marktbreit, Germany
A small group of ten pilgrims from St. Ludwig Parish in Marktbreit, where the Romanian born priest, Fr. Adam Possmayer, a member of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests is the parish priest since 2013, traveled to Rome for the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
On the afternoon of 5 September, Fr. Adam wanted to show these pilgrims the place he feels at home in Rome: the Schoenstatt shrine and the Belmonte Center. They visited Domus Pater Kentenich, they celebrated Holy Mass in the shrine, and lastly, the entire group took a photo with Fr. Kentenich’s statue. However, Belmonte’s red fans were the best things they received because of the suffocating heat!
Annual gathering of the Italian Schoenstatt Family
The gathering, which began the Schoenstatt work after the summer break, had some special moments this year: the European Auxiliary MTA, which is visiting Italy again beginning this Sunday; the future rector of Belmonte, Fr. Marcelo Cervi gave a talk; people from northern Italy, from Trento participated for the first time; Terezinha and Nivaldo Abram, from Brazil, Belmonte’s first “Family Guardians” were present; and Davide Russo transmitted the entire event live via Facebook Livestream. All of this happened exactly the day Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonized. In his talk, Fr. Marcelo Adriano Cervi, Belmonte’s future rector, spoke about the Holy Father’s invitation to be a Church reaching out, reaching out to people, and Belmonte also seeing this as its mission here. And this has to do with Fr. Kentenich, with Belmonte and with the Church.
Five priests concelebrated Mass; they belong to the four Schoenstatt priestly communities, and they are from five countries. A choir and a musical group under the direction of Sr. Gilia accompanied them. Fr. Daniel Lozano, was the main celebrant, Fr. Marcelo Cervi (Institute), Fr. Rolando Montes (Federation), Fr. Heinrich Walter (Schoenstatt Father) and Fr. Valentino (League). Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Germany and Uruguay.
A “Pilgrim Mother” for room 105
Very early on Wednesday, 7 September, (a sunny day not to mention the suffocating heat) Brazil’s Independence Day, a national holiday, was also celebrated at the Shrine of all of us in Belmonte. For one hour, it became the Shrine of all Brazil. Fr. Marcelo Adriano Cervi, the future rector of the Shrine of Belmonte, Terezinha and Nivaldo Abram from Curitiba with their son who lives in Germany, and two Sisters of Mary from Brazil, who work in the Italian Schoenstatt Movement, were present.
A Pilgrim Mother decorated with ribbons in Brazil’s colors was on the Shrine’s side cabinet. This Pilgrim Mother had been on pilgrimage in Brazil, and Mr. and Mrs. Abram had brought it along to decorate room #105, Brazil’s room, at the Fr. Kentenich House at Belmonte. That day, the presentation was symbolic; when the house is ready to welcome the pilgrims, it will be definitely placed in the room.
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