PERÚ, Manuel Huapaya •
On Thursday, 30 August the first Schoenstatt Training Workshop began, which seeks to delve deeper into Fr. Kentenich’s thinking. It was also a special occasion to welcome our recently appointed National Director for Peru, Fr. Mariano Irrureta, from Chile. —
The training workshop will have four parts. Fr. Mariano Irrureta was responsible for the first workshop, which explored the question: “What is Schoenstatt? Its charism and spirituality.” It was an intensive workshop consisting of various groups and was attended by Bishop Reinaldo Nann (Bishop of the Caravelí Diocese) and our brethren from Trujillo Province, 600 km north of Lima. The day ended with Mass, the Solemnity of St. Rose of Lima, concelebrated by Bishop Nann, Fr. Mariano Irrureta and Fr. Luis Alberto Celis. More than 60 people attended, most of them the leaders of the various groups and branches.
Fr. Kentenich, the Covenant, the Shrine
The second workshop was scheduled for Saturday, 8 September, and would have as its theme: “Fr. Joseph Kentenich, man of God, a prophet, a father”. Bishop Reinald Nann would be responsible for the day. On 9 October, Fr. Esteban Casquero from Argentina and a member of the Institute of Diocesan Priests will cover the “The Covenant of Love, called to develop a covenant culture”. Finally, on 10 November, Sr. M. Amelia Martínez, leader for Peru, will conclude the series of workshops with “The Schoenstatt Shrine as a place of encounter, place of self-education, and sending out as missionaries.”
The purpose of this series of workshop is to strengthen and deepen even our knowledge of Schoenstatt and as Fr. Mariano said in a reference to 1985, the centenary of Fr. Kentenich’s birth, we want to take up the words given to us by St. John Paul II more than 30 years ago: “You have been called to be participants of the grace that your founder received and to place it at the disposal of the whole Church”. Only by knowing it can we place it everyone’s disposal. We want that this be one of our greatest gifts in this jubilee year for the 50th anniversary of our father and founder’s passing into eternity.
Photos: Fr. Luis Alberto Celis
Original: Spanish, 2 September 2018. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town, South Africa