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Harald M. Knes, Institute of the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary  • Since February 21, 2020, it is official from the Church: Mario Hiriart Pulido lived a life in which, with the help of God’s grace, he lived Christian virtues in an outstanding way. I would like to highlight four aspects of his life. — Christian spirituality in a church critical environment Father Joseph Kentenich saw the Church heading towards a time of profound change and renewal. The Founder wanted to help the members of the Schoenstatt Movement and all ChristiansRead More
SPAIN, Paz Leiva • Fifteen Schoenstatters were able to attend the National Congress of the Laity, thanks to the good work and perseverance of Susana Arregui, from the Mothers’ Branch, and Manuel Carrasco, from the Family League. Both have been working for many years in ecclesiastical institutions without any support or assistance. Nevertheless, they obtained more places to participate, than they originally had. Three of us from the Family Federation are with Manuel at the Journey of the Secular Apostolate and he encouraged us to participate in the Congress. HeRead More
COSTA RICA, Testimonies of the first Schoenstatt retreat for young couples, compiled by Carla Hidalgo • What we liked the most was to feel the Church present in all the details, from those who came to give us talks and the monitors who gave so much heart into everything, to those who assumed with love to do their bit so that we could have our family altar. We, the young couples, are learning to be a domestic Church and in the retreat we have learned by the example of everyone,Read More
ROME, via www.sac.info • On January 19, 2020, the first day of the triduum was celebrated in preparation for the feast of St. Vincent Pallotti with adoration and Vespers, led by Fr. Stanisław Stawicki in the church of SS. Salvatore in Onda. The Holy Mass was presided over by Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, the Secretary to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and also a member of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers. Many members of the Union of Catholic Apostolate and friends of St. Vincent participated inRead More
AUSTRALIA, Sr M. Rebecca • The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) held every two years in a different city in Australia, is a chance for thousands of young Catholics (aged 15-25) to gather, encounter Jesus and celebrate their faith. This year, the city of Perth, Western Australia was chosen to host ACYF 2019 with the theme: ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying’. We prepared to welcome 5,500 youth nationwide from Sunday, December 8 to Tuesday, December 10. — The ACYF Expo, with more than 80 stalls, comprising of participating Catholic agencies, organisations, religious orders, ecclesial movements and allRead More
ARGENTINA, Claudia Echenique • “What work did you just do, and what did Jesus say to you? He found you at your table, with your nets, in your things. To your surprise and the surprise of many, his voice resounded in your soul: “Pancho, follow me; and here you are,” said Bishop Francisco Pistilli of Encarnación in the homily for the ordination of Francisco Maria Bosch on Saturday, November 23, 2019 in Nuevo Schoenstatt, Florencio Varela.  — The Church of God the Father in Nuevo Schoenstatt was filled to theRead More
CHILE, Luis Alberto Bravo • What an extraordinary experience! Half a thousand men kneel at the feet of the Blessed Sacrament, in silence, without mobile phones, without noise, without discomfort, without protests, without nervous laughter. Had I had a better ear, I would only have heard 580 hearts beat faster in this personal encounter with our mother and her son. The Holy Spirit blew over the Madrugadores and filled them with new life, enthusiasm and group spirit. It is not a local event, but an American embrace. Eighty communities fromRead More
CHILE, P. Juan Pablo Rovegno • But “I will see thy face in righteousness, I will be satisfied with thy form when I awaken,” sings the antiphon of the psalm this Sunday. The awakening of Chile was at the centre of the news, the “hopes and fears, joys and sorrows” of these days. — An awakening that presents us with (at least) three spiritual dimensions with concrete consequences: Awakening to hope for a fairer, more solidary and more fraternal Chile, a wake-up call to legitimate needs, always postponed and madeRead More
GERMANY, Maria Fischer • “What impresses me is Fr Kentenich’s far-sightedness. Much is so exciting and topical”, Petra Stegemann remarked. Since the foundation of the Friends Association of Fr Kentenich’s birthplace in 2005 she has been an active member, and also on this 16 November 2019 she was present when the Friends Association, parish and Schoenstatt Movement celebrated the birthday of “the greatest son of Gymnich” (Ludwig Schlömer, member of the Friends Association). — “More have come than were announced”, Fr Pikos, the parish priest, said as more chairs andRead More
SYNOD ON THE AMAZON – material from various agencies • This 20 October 2019 will go down in the history of the Church as the day on which the “Catacomb Pact for our Common Home” was signed. — As on 16 November 1965, at the same place and in the same sprit, the Church is renewing the same obligation that was signed a few days before the end of the Second Vatican Council. On that day 42 Council Fathers celebrated the Eucharist in the Catacombs of St Domitilla in orderRead More