POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGES OF WYD2019, Maria Fischer • It has been more than three weeks since Pope Francis’ farewell from Panama. Phrases from his homilies, speeches, and prayers still echo in many conversations. There are publications with ten of Pope Francis’ phrases from WYD. Which one is yours, theirs? Here I share “my” phrase from each of Pope Francis’ messages, from a personal—schoenstatt.org perspective—and I’m inviting everyone to identify “their” memorable phrase, that impressed, that transformed, that questioned, and that made us want to take action. — The way ofRead More
ARGENTINA, Facundo Gauto (via schoenstatt.org.ar) • On December 26th after a farewell Mass at Carmen Arriola de Marín School, 220 missionaries left from Buenos Aires for Balcarce and its surroundings accompanied by Fr. Manuel López Naón, Fr. Tomás Dell’ Oca, seminarian Juan Molina, and Sr. Rafaela.— A motto in our hearts became action: “I am here because you have called me.” We were seven communities in total, three remained in Balcarce (they stayed in the gardens, but they carried out their activities at San Cayetano, María Auxiliadora and María LujánRead More
PARAGUAY, Laura Andrea Barrios • On 6 January 2019, the Feast of the Epiphany, a large number of members of the Schoenstatt Family from Encarnación sealed their filial covenant with the Father and Founder in a touching ceremony at the Santísima Encarnación de María Cathedral in Encarnación, Paraguay.— After preparation through workshops directed by “Club del Padre” (founded in 2017 that meets for a spiritual reading of Fr. Kentenich’s texts) and the commitment assumed, we hoped to seal our filial covenant in the presence of a Schoenstatt Father. In planningRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Mary Cole • The renovation and refurbishments of the Original Shrine has been long in the planning. Ten years ago Agathe Hug, a busy gynaecologist, felt the need to “visit” the Original Shrine via her computer, as is possible at other places of grace and pilgrimage, and so was born the idea to have a webcam in the Original Shrine. Since then she and her family have brought schoenstatt-tv into existence. At first it was controversial, but the various jubilees and other celebrations have proved its worth, andRead More
 ORIGINAL SHRINE, Roberto González • As of February 1st, the Original Shrine has re-opened, resuming all its activities as usual.— The interior restoration of the Original Shrine is finished and some stages are lacking on the exterior, because they could not be completed as planned due to the recent cold and snow. Our beloved shrine with its open doors and refurbished, bright interior, welcomed us back home on the eve of Candlemas.   All spiffed up During three weeks, the Blessed Mother and Jesus made a short pilgrimage throughout allRead More
ITALY, Alessandra Zeverino • The Italian Girls’ Youth, especially the one from Apulia, recently celebrated its first year of life. Alessandra, one of the girls from the group related about this wonderful experience. —   The first group of Apulia We, the girls of the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth, formed the first group in Apulia in October 2017. We are very united among ourselves, thanks to Sr. Julia’s great help. In June we reached our first objective: going to the shrine in Rome. What was the first experience of the Girls’ YouthRead More

Posted On February 9, 2019 In Missions

Gospel for the poor

PERÚ, Manuel Huapaya • “Gospel for the poor,” with this phrase that framed Bishop Reinaldo Nann, Bishop of the Prelature of Caravelí’s pastoral work, we gathered a little more than a year ago to begin the first Schoenstatt Family Missions in his city. At that time, everything seemed so far away, but it was interesting and challenging. Undoubtedly the Blessed Mother had a course charted, and so Bishop Nann asked Fr. Esteban Casquiero from Argentina (Institute of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests) to be in charge as adviser and to direct thisRead More
GERMANY, MSGR. Dr. Peter Wolf • The new biography of the founder of the Schoenstatt Movement by Dorothea Schlickmann has a surprising subtitle (A Life on the Edge of a Volcano). In the course of reading the biography it proves to hit the nail on the head. The graduate author who has published profound research on Schoenstatt’s founding period, here presents us with a highly informative biography of Fr Kentenich. She calls it a “narrative biography”. It is easy to read because it does without footnotes. At the same timeRead More