CUBA, Mission Cuba and Editorial Team •
Several days after Easter, Fr. José Gabriel Bastián Cadoso of the Schoenstatt Federation of Diocesan Priests sent this greeting, “From Cuba, united in the triumph of God’s mercy over the evils of our time.” Schoenstatt is truly growing stronger in Cuba with the presence of three Federation priests in the country, the third Chilean team of Mission Cuba, along with youths and couples from Spain preparing to go on mission to Cuba to help with training.
“I am happy to know that we are united in prayer. At this time, Cuba is experiencing historic times, I would say divine times, and it is because of all the Cubans’ profound prayers, our brothers/sisters all over the world’s spiritual support that includes our Large Schoenstatt Family,” Addiel Naranjo from Santa Cruz del Sur commented. “Fr. Bladimir has guided the Blessed Mother’s followers with his special enthusiasm through the road of prayer and mission that has allowed Schoenstatt to flourish in Santa Cruz and to inspire all of Cuba like a beacon.”
Chilean youths at Schoenstatt’s service in Cuba
A year ago, the first Chilean youths left for Cuba as missionaries of the Covenant of Love; now the third team is in the country.
They had a very special mission during Holy Week: they went to the Arroyo Blanco community (a very rural community that is difficult for the parish to reach). They visited families and carried out Holy Week activities. They concluded with the Easter Vigil gathering all the communities at the parish.
The missionaries also worked in the Leaders’ School along with the University Youth Ministry of Camagüey. The school is held for a week monthly, training young leaders for the Cuban Church.
Founding of the Boys’ Youth
However the most impressive moment took place in March: youths from Santa Cruz carried out the Founding of the Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth in Cuba.
Original: Spanish. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA – Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA