covenant of love Tag

PARAGUAY, Olga and Héctor Morán • We are Olga and Héctor, we met at university, where we friends; after nine years of courtship, we married almost 18 years ago. Anahí (16) and Gaspar (14) were the fruit of our marriage and a gift from God. — We were both from Catholic families, but we were not practicing Catholics. We went to Mass on Palm Sunday, and we went on pilgrimage to Caacupé every December 7th (rain or shine). Sometimes we attended Sunday Mass that was the extent of our practice.Read More
SCHOENSTATT/ITALY, Federico Bauml • Twenty young people decided to spend a weekend in Schoenstatt from 13 to 15 April. For some this was the first time, for others a pleasant return; for all, an experience to remember. — Four years have passed since that August 2014, when with the university chaplaincy, we chose Germany as the destination for our summer pilgrimage into which we inserted Schoenstatt as one of our stops. Many years, perhaps too many, certainly enough to make grow in us the desire to go back to thatRead More
PARAGUAY, Julia Troche and Daniel Ávila • This story began on 20 August 2016, which until now, has been the most significant one in my life, rather our lives, because I want to include my whole family. On a winter’s Saturday, at six in the morning, I was taken to the operating room after thirty long days of confinement to give birth to my third child, a boy, after having two girls. We never imagined that our little one would be born with a congenital defect called esophageal atresia, whichRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • It was a cold, wet and grey day in January and it was his 120th birthday. Most of the people in Vallendar and its surrounding area were more concerned about the threatening flooding of the Rhine and Mosel rivers, and of the trees uprooted by the storm a few days earlier. Joseph Engling, Schoenstatt’s youthful co-founder from Polish Warmia, formerly part of Prussia, was born on 5 January 1898 and died on 4 October 1918 – a hundred years ago this year. So this wouldRead More
VENEZUELA, María Fischer • Everyone has the right to rest a little during the Christmas holidays, even the Pilgrim Mother, Concepción thought. She has been a missionary for a few months for the only Pilgrim Mother in a city of Venezuela. The Pilgrim Mother was sent from Argentina. “The Pilgrim Mother is in my home now, and she spends such little time with me that I felt that she wanted to welcome this New Year with my family, as a blessing for them”, she commented. The Pilgrim Mother, crowned withRead More
PARAGUAY, Marcos Bogado • On Sunday, 3 December 2017 there was a historic event in the Shrine of Tupãrenda, the first covenant of love of diocesan seminarians in Paraguay. Marcos Bogado had participated in the Catholic University Missions, and then in the Boys’ Youth. This year he entered the Seminary for the Archdiocese of Asunción, and there the Blessed Mother used him to touch many hearts…   This process developed at the beginning of the year in the “San José” National Major Seminary, with headquarters in Caacupé, when the BlessedRead More
PANAMÁ, Fer Castro • The “Santa Marta” women’s group from Panama has been working very hard for several years to help strengthen Schoenstatt’s beginnings in that country. On 18 November 2016, the celebration of the first Covenant of Love group was held.  Twelve people (10 women and two men) sealed the Covenant of Love. (Photo above) A Pilgrim Mother celebration was held in the San Carlos community, province of Panama, on 18 October 2016, where pilgrims from Cabuya and Antón, Coclé province, have been participating in pilgrimages since 1993. ThereRead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa • On Sunday, November 12, the first members`circle of the Schoenstatt University Girls’ Youth from San José, Costa Rica, made their consecration in the Shrine ‘Family of Hope’, located in Santa Ana (Archdiocese of San Jose). The advisers of the Girls’ Youth from the capital of Costa Rica, Fr. José Luis Correa and Mrs. Rosa Lobo de Aymerich, presided. Sr. M. Amparao V., who is also an adviser of the Girls’ Branches of the Costa Rican Movement, sent her greeting from Bogotá (Colombia), whereRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Andrés Romero • My name is Andrés Romero, I am 19 years old, I am from Paraguay, and I have belonged to the wonderful Schoenstatt Movement for as long I can remember. My parents joined the Movement the same year I was born; therefore it could be said I was practically born and raised in Schoenstatt. I say this so that you will understand the magnitude of what sealing the Covenant of Love and the preparation that led me to make the decision for this “yes” means toRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • “Now I am an ally!! I already had written my article; it is in the computer and as soon as I have Internet I will send it. Thank you for the hospitality and the welcoming charism. If you need one more Paraguayan to write for schoenstatt.org, I am gladly willing.” This was a message received on Whatsapp early on October 19, as a golden October 18 highlight and not just because of the sun and the 25°C (77° F) summer temperature in the midst ofRead More