PARAGUAY, Ricardo Acosta and Maria Fischer • “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” said Fr. Pedro as he poured the water over the head of one of the participants of the youth social reintegration program at CMT (Casa Madre de Tupãrenda), who received the sacrament of baptism, a sign of the new life and the mercy of the Triune God. — His name is Antonio*. His godmother Magdalena is the sewing instructor. Far away, in Europe, he has other sponsors, whoRead More
SRI LANKA, Ashanthi Fernando/Maria Fischer • First there were “letters to the MTA in the Original Shrine” coming from Sri Lanka every two, three months— next some Australian word of mouth about the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Rosary Campaign being present in Sri Lanka— then the regular Sri Lankan visitors on schoenstatt.org, emphasizing the importance of going that extra mile in translating all these stories from real life into English, mostly from Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese, and then, as already has happened several times before, an errant piece of mailRead More

Posted On August 17, 2019 In Original Shrine

The Shrine is a mission, always

ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • “The Shrine is a mission, always” – the phrase from Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, Superior General of the Schoenstatt Fathers, in the introduction, hangs in the air during a simple, multilingual celebration on the afternoon of 15 August for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, with a small crowd from many countries and languages, under the gentle drizzle of the German summer. The shrine is a mission, always – and especially when it comes to the Original Shrine, whose new rector, Fr.Read More
ARGENTINA, Fr. Jorge González / María Fischer • We are sitting in a well-lit corner, in front of the living quarters of the new parish priest at the Cathedral of La Plata, Fr. Jorge González, of the Priests’ Federation in Argentina. He took up his position a few weeks ago and is already working at full steam to “enshrine the cathedral,” as he described it, referring to a famous expression by Cardinal Bergoglio, today Pope Francis. Without having planned it, María Teresa and Daniel Martino and I witnessed one ofRead More
SCHOENSTATT SITE,  Maria Fischer • Another jubilee? The General Presidium has issued an invitation to an international weekend from 16-18 August 2019 under the heading: “Wake up and wake one another!” (J. Kentenich). Around 750 members are expected for the Conference in Schoenstatt, Germany. Afterwards the members of the various Schoenstatt Federation communities will meet for their own celebrations and encounters.— In fact, there is another jubilee. A hundred years … Schoenstatt will continue to remember this until the celebration of its two hundred years jubilee of 18 October 1914.Read More
Fr Elmar Busse • If you look at the Schoenstatt Shrine App or the world map of the over two hundred Schoenstatt shrines, it becomes evident that Schoenstatt is a worldwide Movement of renewal with particularly dynamic life in Latin America. How did it all start? In retrospect the talk Fr Kentenich gave on 18 October 1914 in the newly renovated cemetery chapel on the Pallottine property in Vallendar-Schoenstatt is seen as the moment when the Schoenstatt Movement began. The developing seed with its new spirituality reached its completion inRead More
KENYA, Fr. Reinhard Förster • When I arrived at the Schoenstatt “Center,” everything was already decorated festively: flags and garlands, a tent was erected, and many people in festive clothes were on their way. Almost 200 guests came. Mass was celebrated with a dance group and a choir. All sang along enthusiastically. This is where 25 years of Schoenstatt in Kenya is celebrated, and on this day 40 years ago the first Schoenstatter of the country was ordained to be a priest, Father Dr. Joseph Kariuki Kamau. After the festiveRead More
SCHOENSTATT COMMUNITIES, Dr Gertrud Pollak with schoenstatt.org • This  Sunday, 4 August, three intensive weeks of the General Congress of the Institute of Our Lady of Schoenstatt are coming to an end. The first part took place in January this year. The new Superior General, Dr Gertrud Pollak, took time to talk to schoenstatt.org about the experiences of the Congress. — On Friday, 2 August 2019 we had our first meeting with the new Spiritual Director, Fr José Melo, who until now has been the leader of the Schoenstatt MovementRead More