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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
VATICAN, Fr. Antonio Bracht, on behalf of the General Presidium • On October 24th, 2017, the General Presidium of Schoenstatt visited Cardenal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the recently founded Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, as part of their annual work meeting in Rome.  The Secretary of this Dicastery, Schoenstatt Father Alexandre Awi Mello received them.  Also present was Sr. Maria Pilar, who works as secretary in the same dicastery. First, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, as head of the General Presidium, greeted the Cardinal and the Secretary. The different communitiesRead More
HUNGARY, Csermák Kálmán – Schoenstatt Movement, Hungary/Maria Fischer • Róbert Gódány, one of the founders of the Hungarian Schoenstatt Family, died in the afternoon of 19 September 2017. As one of the first Schoenstatt families in Hungary, the Gódány family settled in Obudavar on Lake Balaton after their return from Austria, and this is where the first Schoenstatt shrine in Hungary was dedicated in 2005. When Robert visited Fr Kentenich in Milwaukee, the words of advice he received came to a climax in the motto: “My home country (Hungary) hasRead More
PARAGUAY, Sebastián y Concepción Martín • The Ayolas, Paraguay Schoenstatt community shared a gathering of great joy and fruitfulness on the road to their Covenant of Love with the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. On September 2, Fr. Tommy Nin Mitchell, the Schoenstatt National Director in Paraguay, celebrated a double ceremony, and Fr. Esteban Chaparro, the pastor of Ayolas, con-celebrated. Strong growth In the two and a half years since the Ayolas’ Schoenstatt Family Branch founding, there are already three working groups with a total of thirty couples. The firstRead More
SCHOENSTATTERS AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH: Fr. Alexandre Awi, the new secretary for the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life On 1 September, Fr. Alexandre Awi, a Schoenstatt Father from Brazil, who up until May this year was the National Movement Director for Brazil, officially took up his task as the Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Before starting his new job and after having spent several months in the house of the Schoenstatt Fathers in Trastévere, Rome, where he finished his doctoral thesis and studiedRead More
PARAGUAY, Silvia Cabañas • How does one overcome the departure of a son? That is a question I am frequently asked. I prefer to use the term departure and not death, because for me, my son did not die. He only departed prematurely to meet God, our Father, and our Mother Mary, a conviction that keeps me strong and standing. Most of all, it is what motivates me to struggle against my own human weakness, and for me to also make the effort so the moment that God decides thatRead More
PARAGUAY, Montse and Roberto Ramírez • We are Montse and Roberto Ramírez, we have been married for twelve years, we have two daughters, Sophia and Emma, ages 8 and 6. We have also belonged to the large Schoenstatt Family for six years. Today after living and feeling ourselves in Covenant with Mary, especially since we feel her special presence in our home through our Home Shrine (HS), we can say nothing other than “Thank You…” and we are more and more convinced that she is our security and our roadRead More
COSTA RICA, Ana Vega • On Thursday, 20 July, Fr. José Luis Correa, adviser to the Schoenstatt Movement in Costa Rica, visited Guanacaste Pampa, bringing us a great message in the different talks and shared experiences. There was a gathering with two couples’ groups, which included the subject of Being Instruments.  All the couples were attracted to the subject and motivated to continue to train themselves, and place themselves in the Blessed Mother’s hands to be instruments in the great Schoenstatt work that is being founded in Guanacaste. “I amRead More
PARAGUAY, by Oscar Sandoval • When I became acquainted with María Teresa and Benjamín Cálcena’s Home Shrine and I heard them tell its story, I asked them if they could give their testimony about it. In that respect, Tere commented that in order to understand what their Home Shrine means to them, it is important to tell the story of how they entered the Movement: María Teresa tells her history My father was very ill, and they gave us a picture of the Pilgrim Mother so that she would accompanyRead More
PARAUGAY, Carina and Arnaldo Balbuena, Mónica and Christian Díaz • It is always a joy and a celebration to welcome couples, who after learning about Schoenstatt and its Family Work, decide to begin the itinerary of introduction; this happened recently in Luque. It is a magnificent opportunity of giving back a little of everything that Mary and this wonderful movement, in which we are growing and forming ourselves as a family, has already given us. It is really a heavenly gift that we want to share with the people weRead More