Costa Rica Tag

COSTA RICA, Rodrigo Blanco • In Costa Rica, the Madrugadores were born in 2007, in San Rafael de Escazú, as a result of Derek Monturiol and Father Ronny Solano’s enthusiasm. — Forty men believed and attended the first time, they met in silence to be with Jesus, to put everything in his hands and also to give thanks.   Give up a few more hours of sleep to be with Jesus The Madrugadores are willing to deny themselves the desire of staying in bed for a few more hours, toRead More
COSTA RICA, Catalina Hutt • A few weeks ago the photo of a missionary with the Pilgrim MTA on a bicycle went viral. We put it up on schoenstatt.org’s Instagram account with this comment: beautiful photo, but we don’t know where or what real story of life is behind it. A few minutes later, we received a WhatsApp from Catalina Hutt de Cabezas, from Costa Rica: “This photo is of a great collaborator of the Movement in Guanacaste here in Costa Rica!— Here’s what Cata found out while looking forRead More
COSTA RICA, P. José Luis Correa • Thirty-five university women participated in the University Branch of Costa Rica retreat. The name of the retreat was: Dilecta filia (Beloved daughter). The theme was: spiritual childhood. — Father José Luis Correa, National Advisor of Costa Rica’s Girls’ Youth, gave three conferences and accompanied them in liturgies for the Eucharist and confession. Rosa Lobo de Aymerich, National Advisor to young women in Costa Rica, was with them all the time. Two other young mothers from the Family Federation supported by working in theRead More
COSTA RICA, Amparo Ruiz, Maria Fischer • “We tried to build a “Shrine without walls”, where roses bloom on the barbed wire of competition, negative criticism, jealousy, pressure, fear, and the pain of so many people… The idea that our workplaces can be places where Christ is born again encouraged us greatly”. A comment from Gabriele Sudermann, Germany, from the Apostolic Women’s League (LAF), pronounced almost twenty years ago and found in an article from schoenstatt.org, today moves and motivates Amparo Ruiz from the Schoenstatt Family Work in Costa Rica,Read More
COSTA RICA, María José González • A few days ago I was asked to write something for the Schoenstatt website about the Opening Day of the Aliados [Girls’ Youth] in Costa Rica. I was touched that they asked me for this and I spent a lot of time thinking about what to write. I decided that right now, the most beautiful thing that we Costa Ricans can show the Schoenstatt family is the impact that Ignis and Hineni have had on our youth. — Undoubtedly, Ignis and Hineni are aRead More
COSTA RICA, Catalina Hutt Cabezas/Ana Prieto • It was 3:30 p.m. when a small van with a group of sisters from the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), an international Salesian religious congregation, arrived at the shrine. Their main objective, together with the Salesians of Don Bosco, is the integral formation of young people. A member of their order, Maria Romero Meneses (Q.E.P.D.), a Nicaraguan Salesian religious, was beatified by John Paul II and is in the process of canonization. — I was waiting for them,Read More
COSTA RICA,  Jose A. Martínez and Anelena Hueda • Last Sunday, April 28, 2019, the Third Workshop for engaged couples was celebrated in the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. The workshop took place on a beautiful and sunny afternoon of summer-like day, where the graces the MTA gives were truly felt and received by thirty couples that were present.— The activity revolved around the theme “In Love, take risks, even if you make mistakes”, inspired by Pope Francis’ recently released Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to Young PeopleRead More
COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer, José Alejandro Martínez What did the Secretary General of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life do on his birthday?  Fr. Alexandre Awi de Mello turned 48 last January 17, 2019.  He began the day flying from Panama to Costa Rica since he had the desire to be able to celebrate the 18th with “his” Boys Youth from Brazil (the same group to which he had been advisor for many years), and with the rest of the world-wide Schoenstatt youths who were gathered at that timeRead More
COSTA RICA, Sergio Esquivel • Thursday, 14 March 2019, a new group of the Schoenstatt’s Men’s Branch began in the Costa Rican province of Cartago. — A group comprised of eighteen men, a large majority from the Madrugadores, all are very motivated to give their YES to the Queen Mother.  Two years ago, the first group of Madrugadores was founded in Cartago, and many them are now the founders of the Men’s Branch. The foundation process has been marked by testimonies.  For example, “I joined the Madrugadores, and I quitRead More
COSTA RICA, Martha Barrantes • A night of perfect weather set the stage in Santa Ana, a suburb of San Jose, Costa Rica.  Around our shrine, Family of Hope, there was a lot of activity.  Why?  On this night, new members were received into four new groups of Costa Rica’s Family Branch:  G61, G62, G63, and G64.—   Slowly at first, married couples began arriving at the event.  Some brought food and drink to share.  Eventually, there was a houseful. A plan of action The event began with a presentationRead More