PERU, Fr. Alberto Celis •
Amid the third wave of the pandemic, an initiative emerged so that the Blessed Mother, from the Shrine, could enter a seminary so that the seminarians and formators could pray for priestly vocations. The “virtual rosary” is an initiative of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign. —
The seminary was that of my own diocese of Carabayllo, Lima Norte, the “Mater Misericordiae Major Seminary”. In union with Schoenstatters in the shrine, we prayed for the seminarians and their families, for the deacons and for the formators. We also prayed for priestly and religious vocations, so that new shepherds with the smell of sheep may emerge. It was a beautiful gesture of our Blessed Mother to enter the heart of the Diocese of Carabayllo. She wants to establish herself in the diocese and is taking her first steps in this direction.
In times of coronavirus, new ways of pilgrimage emerge
Initially, the seminarians wanted to go on pilgrimage to the Schoenstatt Shrine. But in times of coronavirus, and Peru in the middle of the third wave of the pandemic, it was impossible. So, a link was made via Zoom between the shrine and the seminary chapel.
The seminarians prayed the rosary from their seminary in the Diocese of Carabayllo and the entire Schoenstatt Family via Zoom and from the Facebook of the Schoenstatt Shrine in La Molina.
These are the new initiatives that emerge amid this pandemic and in this way, we go on pilgrimage to our heart shrine. Mary opens new paths to her son Jesus Christ.
Original: Spanish. Translation: Maria Fischer @schoenstatt.org