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Interview with Matthias Gross, Germany, Volunteer at Casa del Niño in Villa Ballester • Matthias Gross volunteered at Casa del Niño in Gran Buenos Aires from August 2016 to August 2017.  The Casa is located near the Schoenstatt Daughter Shrine in the Villa Ballester district and is a Schoenstatt Family project, the Family Federation and the Campaign of the Pilgrim Mother are the primary sponsors. Father Kentenich visited Villa Ballester several times, because many German immigrants found housing there after the Second World War.  This is the place, where theRead More
PARAGUAY, Dequeni • On 9 May, within the framework of “Rebuild Hope,” the Dequení foundation inaugurated a works of improvement of their “Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary” community center located in Ypané. This center suffered serious cracks and separation in the roof and walls, because of deterioration and the continuous storms during last year. This is the third center that was reconditioned through this initiative. Board members and Dequení Foundation personnel attended the ceremony, and they carried out the ribbon cutting; representatives of the Paraguayan Chamber of Real Estate DevelopersRead More
URUGUAY, Matías Cerviño • Providencia Educational Center, a social work of the Uruguayan Schoenstatt Movement, launched its Christmas campaign that is ongoing, and they have invited the entire Schoenstatt Family to commit to give educational opportunities for the 350 children with whom they work, day by day, in one of the most vulnerable areas of the city of Montevideo. With the motto “They have the power to dream, you have the power to help,” they are inviting everyone to be a part of this project, which was founded  more thanRead More
ARGENTINA, Roberto Liñares • On the afternoon of 16 November, Fr. Joseph Kentenich’s birthday, at the door of “Mary’s Tabor, heart of the city” Shrine, in Buenos Aires’ Belgrano neighborhood, there was a blessing for children, expectant mothers, and for those wanting to have a child. Upon hearing the children’s voices, the mothers’ emotions, pilgrims’ coming and going, and everyone’s longing, it was obvious this was no simple convocation. Instead, there was a need for an encounter, prayers, petitions, hope and joy. I just found out I am going toRead More
PARAGUAY, vía Dequeni.org.py • Within the framework of “Rebuild Hope” Campaign, the Dequení foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony to begin the work to improve “Costa Sosa” (Luque) and “Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary (Ypané) community centers, with the support received from businesses and generous donors. These community centers suffered serious damage to the roof and walls due to deterioration from the constant storms during the past year; as a result, Dequení transferred their activities to temporary locations. Thus at the beginning of this year, the Foundation proposed to implementRead More
CHILE, by Susy Jacob • As a way to cultivate the Works of Mercy during this special year and being obedient to Pope Francis’ call, the Punta Arenas Mothers’ Branch are carrying out different apostolates in their city’s jail, especially in the women’s section. One of the first activities carried out was to approach the authorities of the Gendarmerie to find out the prison’s needs; this is how a campaign to collect clothes began.  They also organized a breakfast for the inmates in order to make contact with them, toRead More
ARGENTINA, by Maria Fischer • “One has to know how many are at the table, so everyone gets their meal.”  My small friend looked at me with her great big eyes and irresistible smile, while she places a bowl on the table that I share with her and three more children.  “There is enough for everyone,” she explained.  “Because we always have to think about everyone.”  Before going down to the dining room, she takes the task she assumed of introducing the “new one, this lady from Germany, who alongRead More
URUGUAY, by Laura Voituret and Matías Cerviño • We invite you to learn about the work the Schoenstatt Movement carries out at Providencia Educational Center (Montevideo, Uruguay), a place the Blessed Mother chose to transform hearts. Learn first-hand what happens there and join by collaborating with this project. In 1994, Providencia emerged as a current of life born from the Shrine in the country where the First Daughter Shrine was established; it is an Educational Center located in Montevideo’s Cerro Oeste, in the Casabó neighborhood, one of the most vulnerableRead More
PARAGUAY, Dequení and Maria Fischer • Strong storms and floods have recently affected three important Dequení community centers caring for more than 1,000 children. Activities have been suspended, or they are being carried out in provisional locations. The Manos Juntas community center, located at the Pirapomi neighborhood of Arroyos y Esteros, is isolated by floodwaters from the Manduvirá River, Dequení is working with community and city leaders to guarantee help for this area. El Triunfo community center at Caaguazú also suffered serious cracks, a collapsed roof and wall. Dequeni hasRead More
FRANCIS IN ROME – HOLY YEAR OF MERCY • On 30 December, Pope Francis dedicated the last general audience of the year to the devotion to the Christ Child that is common during this time. A tradition, he explained, that goes back to St. Francis of Assisi who “keeps alive in our hearts the mystery of God who became man.” He also mentioned St. Teresa of the Child Jesus who knew how to live this “‘spiritual childhood’ which is assimilated through meditation, as the Virgin Mary taught, on the humilityRead More