Family of Hope Shrine Tag

COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa • Schoenstatt in Costa Rica is becoming more and more a new burst of life reaching out in service to the local Church and to all of Central America. — Another sign of this reality came from the Cathedral of Carmen de Cartago during a recent visit by the rector, Fr. Hernán Chaves Redondo, and his two associate pastors (Frs. Vinicio Sánchez Aragón and Fabricio Sánchez Bonilla) to the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. Two acolytes from the Cathedral, whereRead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa, Eugenia Cruz de Garnier • On 20 April, eighteen Sisters of Charity that work in different Central American countries met at the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. It was wonderful! They not only asked for an explanation of the genesis and theology behind the Unity of Cross but also the MTA picture, information about Fr. Kentenich, and about the shrine, and they all received a picture of the “Sleeping St. Joseph” as a gift. — Pilgrims to the shrine TheRead More
COSTA RICA / EL SALVADOR, Patricia Fernández de Perera • On Thursday, 22 February, a group of women from San Salvador visited a Schoenstatt Shrine in San José, Costa Rica for the first time. But why was the visit of these pilgrims so important? — They will be a part of a new group of women, the second one beginning their training in San Salvador, where the El Salvador Schoenstatt mission began in September 2017, as part of Schoenstatt reaching out and echoing our founder’s mission. From soccer to theRead More
COSTA RICA, Eugenia Cruz de Garnier • On Thursday, August 24, we had the joy of welcoming Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Sisters of Charity for a visit at the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. They brought blessed Rosaries and postcards with a picture of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which they affectionately distributed as a sign of gratitude for the invitation. They feel very united to Schoenstatt through the Unity Cross that St. Mother Teresa adopted for her congregation of Missionaries of Charity priests and forRead More
COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez de Monturiol • Costa Rica experienced a triduum of celebration; it was a weekend filled with joy for the blessing of their first “Family of Hope” Shrine, the fruit of 20 years of contributions to the capital of grace. Saturday, 18 March, was not only a day of renewal of the Covenant of Love but a dream of many was fulfilled. Now the first Schoenstatt Shrine in Costa Rica and Central America has become a reality. The blessing was led by the Bishop Rafael Quirós QuirósRead More
COSTA RICA, Derek Monturiol • Sunday, 19 March at 5:00 a.m. on the Feast of St. Joseph, outside the Family of Hope Shrine where the doors were closed, it was still dark.  More than forty men met along with Fr. Carlos Cox and Octavio Galarce, founder of the Madrugadores, who visited us from Chile for the blessing of the Shrine that was held the previous day. We prayed the morning consecration kneeling at the foot of the Shrine… “Father I may awake with new strength to rekindle my love. LetRead More
BELMONTE/COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • In less than a month, the greatest desire since Schoenstatt arrived in Costa Rica will be fulfilled – the desire of having their own shrine. Finally this will become a reality; on 18 March, the “Family of Hope” Shrine will be blessed, with the presence of many Schoenstatters from all of Central America and other countries. At this time, a prayer, initiated by a German Schoenstatter, which will help unite all the world’s Schoenstatters this 18 March, is circulated. Rector Marcelo Cervi sent his greetingsRead More
COSTA RICA, Ileana and Chalo Vega with Maria Fischer • Thursday, 9 February. The future San Jose, Costa Rica Schoenstatt Shrine’s bell was heard for the first time. At about a month from the blessing of “Family of Hope” Shrine, on 18 March, the Shrine cannot just be seen, it can also be heard. Anticipation grows with the race to finish everything for the blessing. “Within these four walls still under construction, one can imagine how we are going to “talk” with the Blessed Mother …” said Chalo Vega, ofRead More
COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez de Monturiol • It was a sunny Sunday Mass; it was 10:00 a.m., but many felt it was already late afternoon. There was much physical as well as spiritual preparation to welcome more than 300 people. They rushed to make everything beautiful. Flowers, chairs, food, details as if it were a daughter’s wedding! Everything was carefully prepared and filled with beautiful details to welcome the Schoenstatt Family! Cars began to arrive. The parking lot was full, but many men collaborated to open more space for additionalRead More
COSTA RICA, Gonzalo Vega• On 18 November 2016, Covenant Day was also a historic day for the Costa Rican Schoenstatt Family.  On this day, a desire came closer to being realized after property was acquired, where Costa Rica and Central America’s first Shrine will be built.  We hopefully project this desire of almost 20 years will become a reality in four months. Family of Hope The Eucharist was celebrated on this property with more than 400 people attending overflowing with joy, applause, and tears. Fr. José Correa Lira – NationalRead More