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GERMANY/ ORIGINAL SHRINE, Roberto Gonzalez • During the last weekend of May, close to 250 families with their respective children from all Branches of Germany met in Schoenstatt to celebrate the Festival of Families with the motto: “We all win.”— For me because of how the festival was presented around the Original Shrine, it was a gathering that was out of the ordinary, of course from being an outside observer. For me because of how the festival was presented around the Original Shrine, it was a gathering that was outRead More
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
GERMANY, Michael Defrancesco • What makes something ring true for us? With whom are we on the same wavelength? When the Academy for Marriage and Family deals with this question at its 16th Graduate Congress at Marienland on Mount Schoenstatt in Vallendar, one already suspects the point: ideally our spouses will make our lives ring true, we are on the same wavelength with both he and our children. “Resonance or the redeemed longing for a successful relationship” was the almost poetic title for the academic weekend. — What makes ourRead More
PARAGUAY, Maria Fischer • “From the Shrine to the poor.” With this motto, João Pozzobon, the initiator of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, built “Villa noble de la Caridad,” uniting Santa Maria Shrine with this town through the Stations of the Cross. — “From the Shrine, he especially wanted to help families; in his visits to homes, he was concerned about family situations, and later he tried to attend to their needs. In the same way, he portrayed a very preferential dedication to the poor and needy, to children, to thoseRead More
AUSTRIA, ASOE Mediaservice/Editorial Staff • On Sunday, January 21, 2018, the Schoenstatt Academy for Family Pedagogy at Kahlenberg celebrated receiving their diplomas upon graduating the two-year family training program. At 2pm in the parish church Linz-St. Paul Pichling, Bishop Dr. Manfred Scheuer from Linz presided during a festive Mass with a missionary sendoff celebration and an additional social program.— Isabella and Michael Lemmé held the greeting.  They led and organized the Family Training Course that ran from  5 March 2016 to 14 January 2018. The participants benefited from the expertRead More
PERÚ, Fr. Marcelo Aravena • The first workday of IV CIEES Congress in Lima, Perú, began with the Cardinal Primate of Lima, Juan Luis Cipriani. The family, education, the source of work, and the entrepreneur are in a “state of emergency,” affirmed Cardinal Cipriani, in his homily to the participants of the congress during Holy Mass celebrated in the chapel at the University of Piura, on November 3. Therefore he encouraged the CIEES members not to give up the struggle of giving Catholic witness in the world of business andRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sr. Suzanne Duncan, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • At a time when marriage and family life are in crisis, the  Family Branch in Cape Town took a Hungarian program for married couples and adapted it to the local South African context. Two years on, the Marriage Camino has borne much fruit and revitalized the Schoenstatt Family, when 11 families made their Covenant of Love in the Shrine at Constantia. Born in Hungary, adapted for South Africa The idea and inspiration of a pilgrimage way for couples originated in Óbudavár, Hungary.Read More
URUGUAY, Juan Andrés Nopitsch • The most important week for “Providencia” Educational Center in Montevideo Uruguay took place in October, for Providencia’s anniversary was celebrated along with celebrating the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother and Teacher. The week was filled with activities and emotions. This year the celebration centered on the Four Keys that identify the Educational Center, the four traits that we have and want to live on a daily basis. Family Experience One trait is living the “Experience of Family,” and this was very much present throughout theRead More
HUNGARY, Sr. Gertrud-Maria Erhard • Róbert Gódány was buried on September 29, a child of Schoenstatt’s founding couple in Óbudavár/ Hungary, the Gódány Family’s home village, where the Schoenstatt Center also was built. Approximately 700 people attended. Besides his large family, a large part of the Schoenstatt Hungarian Family gathered, despite that it was celebrated on a weekday afternoon. Schoenstatt Movement supporters also attended to pay a final tribute to Róbert Gódány. One example of someone in attendance was the representative of the Budapest city council, who has already participatedRead More
GERMANY, Klaus Heizmann • Singles, couples, and families were invited to a special weekend, October 13 – 15. It was an “active pause,” at Marienau, to rediscover one’s potential within the sunny framework of a golden October. It was a gathering designed and filled with a “duel of giants” that was directed toward different potentials, with “an oasis time” in the shrine and with several workshops that Fr. Güthlein introduced in an interactive manner: “What am I seeking? Who do I want to be? Why is it worth seeking?” ToRead More