England Tag

UNITED KINGDOM, Fr. Bryan Cunningham • Following a first get together of members of Schoenstatt living in the London area, a larger meeting called “Schoenstatt away from Home” was offered Saturday, 12 octobre.  — We were very grateful to Fr David Barrow whom Carmen, one of the volunteers at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Bolton, Manchester, contacted to ask if we could meet in St Charles Borromeo in Ogle Street Westminster. There were 14 adults and seven children came to meet up with Julio, Ignacio, and Fr. Bryan Cunningham. The familyRead More
ENGLAND, Mary Cole • A small but vibrant group of Pilgrim Mother apostles (missionaries) gathered at the shrine in Kearsley, Greater Manchester, on Saturday, 1 June for the annual rally. We chose the Saturday closest to the feast of the Visitation, because that is the feast of the Pilgrim Mother.— Global Pilgrim Mother Testimonies The day began with testimonies. The young people who are volunteering at the shrine set the ball rolling with Ignacio talking about the Mexican Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Campaign, but also what they are doing here inRead More
ENGLAND, Ann Mazza • The traditional May Day at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Kearsley, Bolton, the only one in England, celebrated on May 12, brought a new experience to the Schoenstatt Family of England: The Rosary of Lights or Illuminated Rosary, prayed for world peace.— “A big thank you to the women’s group for planning and preparing our wonderful May Day celebration this year! I can’t think of a better way of thanking Our Lady for her many graces and blessings. I’m sure it would have made her smile,” aRead More
ENGLAND, Mary Cole • Last year our Methodist friends suggested that our three churches in Kearsley, Greater Manchester, should mark the Week of Christian Unity together each year, and to make a start they suggested a time of prayer in our shrine. We gladly took up the idea, and arranged to meet at 10 a.m. on 20 January 2018. The organisers had said privately that they would be happy if ten people turned up the first time, but more than double that number were there. Some young men even stoodRead More
ENGLAND, Clare Lyddieth-Barnes • Preparing for this year’s family week was similar, in many ways, to preparing for any other family week, especially one in the U.K: pack 13 outfits for each child, shorts and sandals as well as cardigans and jumpers, potential fancy dress outfits plus concert costumes, buckets and spades alongside wellies [rubber boots] and waterproofs [raincoats], 70 nappies[diapers] and a pram[baby carriage] with a rain cover. My full packing list would probably take up the whole magazine and, while Patty is eager for articles, I don’t thinkRead More
ENGLAND, Mary Cole • The weather forecast was dire. The tail-end of the hurricanes that had devastated the Atlantic Coast of the USA was due to cross the UK during our crowning weekend with high winds and heavy rain. Our MTA would have to glorify herself. She did! The wind got up on Sunday night when everything was packed away again, and the rain, which we are used to, remained away when we needed it. Thanks to an ecumenical Scarecrow Festival in Kearsley the previous weekend, we were able toRead More
ENGLAND, Mary Cole and Tricia Barnes • That’s what happens when you begin to tidy the house. Last year Paul Cooper, our Schoenstatt artist, began to clear up and discovered a long-forgotten document signed by the founding Schoenstatters in England almost thirty years before in Walsingham, England’s premier Marian place of pilgrimage since 1061, in which they pledged to live their covenant with our MTA to the full, and crowned her picture. In return they asked her to give them a shrine. She has carried out her part – theRead More
Hi, my name is Father Duncan McVicar, I’m from Scotland UK, fifty-eight years of age, a Schoenstatt Father, ordained in the “100th Jubilee of our Father and Founder” in 1985. I studied at the University of Muenster and Tuebingen, and also at Loyola University in Chicago, US. I’ve enjoyed working and living in different countries, including Poland, India, South Africa and Argentina. I was part of the team that prepared the 100th Birthday Celebration of our Father and Founder in 1985, and also co-ordinated with Sister Johanna-Maria the Youth FestivalRead More