Fr. Kentenich Tag

VATICAN, Pamela Fabiano • Peace be with you: the Holy Father’s trips on the road to peace in the world. Where do we, as Schoenstatters, begin to foster a culture of peace? — Pope Francis’ 28th international trip on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, is to Morocco. This papal trip to Africa is “in continuity” with the one Pope Francis took to the United Arab Emirates in February, a few months after the adoption in Marrakesh of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration, to meet with theRead More
USA, Christy Wilkens • Christy is mom to six wonderful, active children, and wife to Todd. Christy’s children attend Regina Mater, an educational community based on the pedagogy of Father Kentenich located in Austin, Texas in the USA.  The following is from her wonderful and painfully honest struggles of living out her faith in everyday sanctity, particularly their journey raising a child with profound special needs. This post was recently shared on Regina Mater’s Facebook page and website.  Perfect for the start of Lent! — Three ways to live LentRead More
In Memory of Fr. Humberto Anwandter, Editorial Team • “With the death of every person who dies, a world dies”, Gerhard Hauptmann says, “and everyone who dies takes something of us with them.” And he leaves something of himself with us. As Christians, we know that he/she remains with us. When Fr. Humberto Anwandter, of the Schoenstatt founding generation and of the Chilean Schoenstatt Fathers, died on July 29, a great one died, a covenant story, especially a covenant story with Fr. Kentenich and of bringing the newest generations to theRead More
ENCOUNTER WITH FR KENTENICH, Fr José María García Sepúlveda • “Where is my potato?” A somewhat surprising question put by Fr Joseph Kentenich, Schoenstatt’s founder, when he looked at a photo of seminary students of the Schoenstatt Fathers. “My potato” was Fr Kentenich’s nickname for one of them. I was told this story recently by Juan Fernandez, who is a sculptor today, and whom Fr Kentenich called “his potato”. A nickname or a symbol, which he passed on with great joy as we prepare for the fiftieth anniversary of FrRead 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
AUSTRALIA, Sr. Julie Brcar with Melissa Janknegt • “It was a miracle everyone was fed!” Sr. Julie Brcar remarked happily, following a day of celebrations at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Mulgoa on 16 July, marking 75 years since the founding of the Schoenstatt Family Movement. A combined celebration uniting families from other continents including Lamar, Texas, USA, Santa Maria, Atibaia, Londrina, and other locations in Brazil, and from the least likely place on earth — a place of death, hunger, violence, and atrocities— the site of the former Dachau concentrationRead More
CHILE, Sr. Jimena Alliende • At mid-morning on 23 June 1947, Father Joseph Kentenich, Founder of the Schoenstatt Family, accompanied by Sr. M. Ursula and Sr. M. Cándida, boarded a plane from Buenos Aires bound for Santiago, Chile. While crossing the Andes mountain range, the plane suddenly fell into an air pocket.  Upon recovering altitude, Father Kentenich asked the Sisters: OK…what did you think? Did you get scared?  Did you feel anxious? No…responded the Sisters … anxiety…not any…..It went so quickly down that….. Why not? Asked Father. Because we wereRead More
GERMANY, Sr. M. Elinor Grimm 75th Year Anniversary of Father Kentenich’s arrival to the Dachau Concentration Camp – March 13, 1942:  On this occasion, a day’s event was offered at Dachau Memorial Center on Saturday, March 11.  March 13, 1942 was the day when Father Kentenich arrived with the prisoner’s transport from Koblenz to Dachau concentration camp. We know there were unexpected clandestine encounters during his departure on March 11th, especially at the Koblenz train station.  An evangelical supervisor from the Gestapo Jail, known as the “small messenger,” waited onRead More
ITALY, Gisela Ciola • On 4 September, my husband and I left Trento on a pilgrimage to the Belmonte Rome Shrine for the national meeting, where we were participating for the first time. I would like to tell you about my personal experience. I became very emotional when I saw the arrival of people from the Tuscan region. En masse they alighted from the small bus wearing beautiful yellow scarves and carrying a large banner that read “Schoenstatt Tuscany,” proceeding straight away in procession on their pilgrimage, all carrying theirRead More
ARGENTINA, by Claudia Echenique • On the 22nd Feast of the Sion Shrine, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, General Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers who at that time was visiting Argentina, said that “love and the infinite mercy of God for his children are perhaps the major points of encounter between Pope Francis and our Father and Founder.  They both have the same desire, the same conviction:  that this message of Mercy reaches modern man today who needs it so much.” All wanted to be present at the Sion Feast ThatRead More