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GERMANY, Bettina Betzner • In the midst of the turmoil of World War I in 1917, a young woman experiences an encounter that will change her life abruptly. For the observer it is an inconspicuous encounter and yet a decisive moment. After a prayer in a small side room in the military hospital, a conversation between two people begins, which will change their lives. Through Frater Franz Salzhuber, Countess Gertraud von Bullion learns about the existence of the Apostolic Federation of Schoenstatt. It is an association of lay people whoRead More
Sermon at the Pontifical High Mass on 18.08.2019 in Schoenstatt, Bishop Dr Michael Gerber, Fulda •   “We live in serious times, and the people are often unable to remain strong through this process of purification that is taking place now. They fall into complaining against God and the good, they lose their faith in the good and in mankind.”[1] —   Dear Sisters and Brothers,   This quotation seems to come from a current commentary on events in our times. “We live in serious times …” We think ofRead More
HOERDE – WHAT NOW? Maria Fischer • After the celebration of the covenant of love at the Original Shrine, and shortly after 10 p.m. on 18 August 2019, while the fire in which the many slips of paper with contributions to the capital of grace was still burning, I saw Dr Michael Gerber, Bishop of Fulda, standing a little distance away. I greeted him and thanked him for his sermon a few hours before during the Mass when everyone was sent out from the International Conference. So many passages remindedRead 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
PARAGUAY, Soledad León • Our story begins during 2016 when Schoenstatt’s Mothers’ Branch from Asunción carried out their usual convocation to form new groups.  Twelve women attended that meeting, guided by a profound devotion that they felt for Mary, without imagining what the Blessed Mother had prepared for their lives: feeding the hungry. — Laura González, Diana Arzamendia, Paola Morga, Mirian Larrea, Celeste Bonin, Paola Bieber, Karina Cuellar, Soledad León, Adriana Manzoni, Batania Buzo, Esther Ascurra, and Paola Noguera came from different places, diverse professions, and their own special andRead More
COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez Aguilar de Monturiol • The triduum activities commemorating the blessing of the first Costa Rican Schoenstatt Shrine, “Family of Hope,” were a gift for the Church. A fair was held beneath the intense hot Costa Rican summer sun…it was a family and pedagogical celebration. The event’s name was: “Encounter with Schoenstatt…together for the family” united the different family Branches and Schoenstatt apostolates.  United they demonstrated the family work during the weekend. The objective was to make a contribution of the Family Work to the Church andRead More
ARGENTINA, Juan Barbosa • Exactly five years from the first Madrugada (Daybreak), on 17 November, the “Madrugadores del Cerro” celebrated with a Holy Mass, the immense loyalty to the Blessed Mother over these past five years, and the perseverance of each one of the men. Providentially the ceremony coincided with the 30th Anniversary of the priestly ordination of their adviser, Fr. Juan José Riba. The celebration was complete! A little bit of history They were born in Comodoro Rivadavia, province of Chubut, the cradle of the Argentinean Madrugadores, and littleRead More
PARAGUAY, Horacio José Chávez Tottil • “One seldom sees a 15 year-old, who is already so mature and rich in every aspect. I still recall the first baby steps that we took as a community…” This is how Fr. Antonio Cosp remembers the beginnings of the Schoenstatt Family in the Diocese of San Lorenzo (DSL), which now joyfully and proudly celebrated its 15 years of life, where the National Shrine of Tupãrendá is located. On 4 January 2001, a group of people met to found the Schoenstatt Movement in theRead More
MEXICO, David Tijerina Sáenz and Mónica Díaz E. de Tijerina • We are David and Monica, we have been married for almost nine years, and we want to share our experience of carrying out an apostolate together with the aim of motivating you to open yours and others hearts to work during this Year of Mercy. Since we were married and because of the different circumstances life presented to us, we began to form ourselves in the Faith. Hand in hand, we began to feel the call to contribute, inRead More
Today, María Victoria Ramírez Jou responds: I am a mother of two beautiful children. I have a degree in Communication Sciences, I am a TV, movie, and cultural events producer. I am also greatly committed to social organizations in the field of communication, promotion and fund-raising. I am 44 years old and married for twenty years to Claudio Arsissone; we have a family with two children: Costanza, who is 16 and Camilo is 13. I am a Schoenstatter, who sealed the Covenant of Love during my years in the Girls’Read More