Maria Fischer in interview with Fr Egon M. Zillekens •
The house of the worldwide Family at Schoenstatt, the Covenant House close to the Original Shrine, is still open and can be visited, experienced and used in many ways.
Since 1 August Friederike Ponge and Stafan Butz have been at your service in the Covenant House. They will co-ordinate bookings, renting and all events. Once a week, every Wednesday, they will be in the house, and you can get hold of them there; otherwise by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by leaving a message (+49 (0) 261 13 49 09 1000).
This information was sent to all the communities and houses in Schoenstatt at the weekend by Birgitt Winter and Fr Egon Zillekens on behalf of Bundesheim International e.V.
What can we do in the Covenant House? A lot!
What can we do in the Covenant House now that it is no longer used for the preparations of the Jubilee, and will also not be used to accommodate refugees, because in the end the cost of conversion would have been too great?
A lot! The many possibilities offered by the house can be summarised in four words: visit and experience, meet, live and rent.
Visit and experience – All can visit the founder’s home and his room with its well-known view of the Original Shrine, as well as rooms such as the famous meeting room of the Artusrunde (a camouflage name during the Nazi period: the round table of King Arthur’s knights), the oratory where he prayed …
Meet – There are five large rooms on the same floor as where the founder and his team lived and worked. Here you can also find an exhibition of the Tents of a Covenant Culture.
Live – There is a refurbished apartment directly next to our founder’s room, as well as two studios (two rooms sharing an en suite shower), and soon ten simple rooms will also be available.
“What? A private retreat next to Fr Kentenich’s room, is that possible?” Of course, Fr Zillekens replied.
Rent – You can rent offices (10 are available at present) that can be rented individually; in addition there is a shared meeting room and small kitchen.
Simply come and have a look and get the “Covenant House feeling”. Every first Wednesday of the month Holy Mass is offered in the Oratory of the Covenant House at 11.45 a.m. – all are very welcome.
Original: German. Translation: Mary Cole, Manchester, England