ARGENTINA, Tita Ríos/Claudia Echenique •
This Thursday, May 18, 2023, the Jubilee walk toward the 25th Anniversary of the Wayside Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt in the city of Nogoyá, province of Entre Ríos began. On this covenant day, the pilgrims received a visit from the patroness of the place, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and then they celebrated the Eucharist. Each month, on the 18th, they will prepare a special afternoon in preparation for the 25th anniversary, which they will celebrate on November 29th. —
Many pilgrims came to the wayside shrine on a sunny and autumn afternoon. Some did it by bicycle, but several walked with the image of the Virgin of Carmen on scaffolds from the Basilica in the center of the city of Nogoyá. When they arrived, they were welcomed by the children who attend catechesis at the wayside shrine, who greeted the Blessed Mother with little Argentinean flags in their hands and with their voices they greeted her loudly and mixed the “Long live the Virgin of Mount Carmel, Long live the Virgin of Schoenstatt!
Missionaries of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign and neighbors of the El Chañar neighborhood, where the wayside shrine is located, prayed the rosary and shared the Mass celebrated by the pastor, Father Jorge Bonin. The celebration was enlivened by the municipal choir.
A wayside shrine with history and social commitment
The presence of the Blessed Mother in the neighborhood of El Chañar, Elsa Inés García, founder and responsible for the wayside shrine, tells us, began with a simple picture hanging from a tree, in an area of about 1 1/2 hectares at the end of the 90’s. Then it was possible to build the wayside shrine in the neighborhood of El Chañar. Then the wayside shrine was built and later a large Unity Cross.
When it was 15 years old, in 2013, the community gave a wooden altar with the high relief of the carved pelican, image of Christ in the sacrifice of Golgotha; image of the spiritual paternity of Father Joseph Kentenich, founder of Schoenstatt; image that indicates the inheritance of those who founded the Movement in these lands of Entre Ríos and were the foundation of the wayside shrine, which they give as a valuable inheritance for the future generations of Schoenstatt’s children.
On the grounds there is also a multi-purpose hall where catechesis and different educational tasks are taught for children, youth and adults with the support of a team. In this room, the delivery of food was coordinated during the pandemic to help the families of the neighborhood.
Video production: Claudia Echenique @schoenstatt.org
Original: Spanish. Translation: Maria Fischer @schoenstatt.org