VATICAN/ARGENTINA, Maria Fischer “Mary – Church: The Mother of a Missionary People”. That is the title of the Doctoral thesis in Mariology recently completed by Fr Alexandre Awi Mello, Schoenstatt Father and Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, at the International Marian Research Institute of the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA. — This study, which has been published by Agape Libros in Buenos Aires, deals with the life and Marian activity of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It show he learnt a Marian spirituality of the people through hisRead More
COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez • With Perpetual Consecration, the Costa Rican Family Federation lives out a milestone and gives hope to the Schoenstatt world at the “Family of Hope” Shrine in San José, Costa Rica! It is a consolidated and growing family in all its Branches and specifically in the Federation courses, with seven courses just three years after the blessing of the daughter Shrine!—   The “Patres Servi Familiae” the first course, “Servant Parents of the Family,” began making their way twelve years ago at a time the Shrine’sRead More
BOLIVIA, Carolina Henestrosa Justiniano • We are nine months away from making the conquest of our longed-for shrine a reality, and as such, we all have had different tasks and committees. In making contributions to the Capital of Grace, we have wanted to keep each person’s enthusiasm alive, so together we can reach the goal proposed for our Shrine: 500,000 consecrations and 3,500 visits to our Wayside Shrine. — Since setting this goal, the question was: How would we be able to motivate people without it ending up becoming aRead More

Posted On October 6, 2019 In Covenant Life

A covenant bridge to Venezuela

COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa • A great surprise on Saturday, September 28th at the “Family of Hope” Shrine in San José, Costa Rica, with the visit of a diocesan priest from Merida, Venezuela, on his way through Costa Rica. How did you find the Shrine? Madrugadores from the Escazú (San José) Parish brought him. In Venezuela, there is Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign in several cities such as: Caracas, Barquisimeto, Valencia, Puerto de la Cruz, and Chichiriviche.   Original: Spanish. 29 September 2019. Translation: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, USARead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa • On Friday, September 27th, there was a special con-celebration at the Shrine in San José, the “Family of Hope” Shrine, Costa Rica. —             Fr. Reyner Castro, National Secretary for Missionary Childhood in Costa Rica, Fr. Manuel Peña and Fr. Luis Herrera, along with Fathers José Luis Correa and Guillermo Múzquiz. The three priests are already attached to Schoenstatt, and they frequently visit the Shrine.   Original: Spanish. 29. September 2019. Translation: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, USARead More
COMMUNICATION ACCORDING TO JOSEPH KENTENICH’S EXAMPLE, Maria Fischer .    “So that you can tell your son and grandson” (Ex 10:2). Life creates history. That is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the World Communication Day. “By choosing this theme, taken from a passage in the Book of Exodus, Pope Francis underlines how particularly precious is the patrimony of memory in communications. The Pope has emphasized many times that there is no future without being rooted in the lived history. He has helped us understand that memory is notRead More
CHRISTUS VIVIT, schoenstatt.org editors with material from laityfamilylife.va • Twenty-six young people from different parts of the world have prepared video testimonies that were inspired by Christus Vivit ‒ Pope Francis’ most recent apostolic exhortation‒, and also by their experiences of faith. Through these short recordings, the young people invite their peers to discover the rich content of the document and to rediscover the presence of Christ in their lives. — The series of twenty-six videos is a work of collaboration between the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, theRead More
GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, Melanie und Ulrich Grauert • The IKAF (International Kentenich Academy for Executives), together with P. Michael Hagan (ISch), is offering a silent retreat for executives from 01 – 05 December 2019 for the second time. The venue will be the Schoenstatt Center Memhölz in the Allgäu region of Germany, which invites you to breathe deeply with its landscape and location.— One participant in the pilot project last year still enthuses today: “What particularly appealed to me last time was the experience of simply being able to dive into silence.Read More