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Petrópolis
BRAZIL, jumas • After two and a half years of not carrying out a mission in the Southeast of Brazil, the Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth departed during the last week of July for Petrópolis – where a few months earlier a landslide caused 230 deaths and left many families homeless. They were determined to express their solidarity through a missionary activity, taking Christ and Mary to the residents, listening to the families, and praying together, convinced that this spiritual support can help the city. — The mission began with a receptionRead More
Marco
COSTA RICA / SPAIN, Barbara de Franchesi • We have all mourned Marco Calzada. There has been no distance, no time. There, where there was a Schoenstatter; there, where we were reached by the news of the death of a young man who was assaulted on his way home – a young man, healthy and generous, who could have been any of our children – there have been tears and gratitude. As those who really knew him said… there has been victory. — I was not fortunate enough to knowRead More
2022
POPE FRANCIS – Easter Message 2022 • At 12 noon, from the Central Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father Francis addressed the Easter Message to the faithful present in St. Peter’s Square and to those listening to him through radio, television and other media. — Then, after the announcement of the granting of the indulgence given by Cardinal Protodeacon Renato Raffaele Martino, the Pope imparted the “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing. We publish below the Easter Message of the Holy Father: Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus, theRead More
P. Antonio Cosp
Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio – Superior General of the Schoenstatt Fathers • I met Fr. Antonio while he was still a deacon in the parish of La Merced in La Plata; I was in my last year of high school and I had not known Schoenstatt for very long. Very soon he invited me to my first Boys’ Youth camp – in Rio de los Sauces, January 1972, where he asked me to prepare a talk. The topic: what is a Schoenstatt leader. He helped me prepare the talk andRead More
Federación España
SPAIN, Mercedes Alvaredo de Beas • A few months ago a friend asked me what the Federation was for me. I answered him, without thinking, what came out of my soul. For me the Federation is an apostolic community of brothers and sisters who struggle together to reach sanctity by contributing the best of Schoenstatt in the Church. — And so it was in the shadow of the Shrine on an “ordinary” February 18th that a new milestone for the future course VI of the Family Federation of Spain emerged.Read More
Requiem Ernest M. Kanzler
SCHOENSTATT, Maria Fischer • When a member of the International Presidium dies, the news goes around the world. The pendulum between unity and diversity (of apostolate preferences, opinions, vocation options) then tilts very strongly toward unity and one is there, walking and carrying along; even in the midst of the Christmas season and in the midst of the Corona Lockdown.  On the night before Christmas Eve, Ernest M. Kanzler, Superior General of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary, passed away. On December 29th, 100 people in the Pilgrims’Read More
USA, Zachary E. Larson • Among all the major events occurring around the world, one happened rather quietly: the crowning moment of a vocation. Jeff Roedel, the first Schoenstatt Father to be ordained in the USA in 16 years, became a Roman Catholic Priest on June 6th, 2020. When Archbishop Listecki laid his hands on the Wisconsinite and conferred the Holy Spirit upon him, Jeff’s work of many years reached its peak. —   Some of Jeff’s friends journeyed from afar to accompany him. I and several other members ofRead More
NIGERIA, Okpala Michael I. • The priesthood is a gift from God to the Church and the world. Through the ministry of the priesthood, the sacrifice of Christ, and Christ himself, is made present in the sacred Body and Blood of Christ, God meets humanity in its utter miserableness, and, humanity is drawn up into the mercy of God. Heaven thus meets earth, and, earth is led heavenwards. This is the ministry that our four brothers have undertaken today. — Anointed with the Holy Spirit On this day, 25 MayRead More
COVENANT SOLIDARITY, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • While most of us were enjoying the Easter celebrations, delighting in the beauty and joy of the Easter vigil liturgy or the surprise and wonder of the disciples in the Easter Sunday readings, for the Christians of Sri Lanka Good Friday never ended. Death overshadowed the promise of a new and renewed life.— The Easter candle splattered with blood of the martyrs reminds us that although Jesus is resurrected into eternal life, his body and the body of His Church remain on the cross ofRead More
PARAGUAY, Editorial team • “Every word is worth gold!” José Argüello commented to me after re-reading Francisco Pistilli Bishop of Encarnación’s homily at Pablo David Martínez’ ordination to the priesthood. It speaks to the mystery of personal vocation that “is woven into the soul of every life and in the mystery of God’s action.” It is the essential Schoenstatt has and offers as an ecclesial Movement, where everyone according to their vocational choice and coordinated in covenant, serves the Church and its mission and the world that God has entrustedRead More