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WYD2019, COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • 25 chalices for the hosts, but they are actually trophies that have been transformed into something sacred by skillful hands. 300 Sandwiches. I don’t know how many cups of coffee, tea, juice, and I have lost count of the bowls of salad. Thousands of calls to airports, tourism agencies, buses, Uber.Hundreds of moments of listening, laughing, praying, cleaning bathrooms and tables. The Costa Rican family surpassed themselvees in welcoming the young people who have come to the shrine. And they were still arriving onRead More
WYD 2019, COSTA RICA, Maria Fischer • “We are always here to welcome the young people…” Cata Cabezas related. And they are— they were there greeting them, welcoming them, feeding them, giving them something to drink, preparing the shrine for their Mass, and providing them lodging in their homes (“Eight Brazilians in my sister, Daniela’s home, isn’t that great?”) They took them to sightsee and enjoy the local places of interest …and were there simply to be present to converse, share stories, inspire each other mutually with the real lifeRead More
GERMANY, Editorial team • Pope Francis has appointed the Auxiliary Bishop of Freiburg, Dr Michael Gerber (48) the new Bishop of Fulda. This was announced simultaneously on Thursday (13.12) in Rome, Fulda and Freiburg. As a result Michael Gerber becomes the successor of Bishop Heinz-Josef Algermissen, whose resignation after seventeen years in office in Fulda was accepted on 5 June by Pope Francis. Michael Gerber, who is a member of the Institute of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests, thus becomes the youngest bishop of a German diocese. — In his first reactionRead More
Editorial Team • After the 13 October announcement in a communiqué by Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio (General Superior) and Fr. Fernando Baeza (Regional Superior, Chile), (“We reaffirm our willingness to collaborate with the justice in everything they require. That’s why we’ll ask for a medical evaluation to determine whether it is possible that Francisco Jose Cox returns to Chile”), and following the results of a 42-page medical assessment, the decision has been made public of the return to Chile of Francisco José Cox, the former bishop who was released fromRead More
GERMANY, Mary Cole • Some months ago I was invited to help schoenstatt-tv with the commemoration of our Father and Founder’s death fifty years ago in Germany, and I gladly agreed. Schoenstatt-tv was the brain-child of Agathe and Hildegard Hug in 2008. Hildegard died very suddenly at the end of January 2015, and the work is carried on by her sister, brothers and niece, with the help of some friends. A family project. — Until now I have not really had an insight into how much goes into livestreaming theseRead More
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
GERMANY, Fr Adolf Schöls • “Weilst a Herz host” – for all who can’t read the Bavarian dialect this means: Because you have a heart. It was the motto for this year’s shrine festival of the Schoenstatt Movement in the Diocese of Regensburg on the last Sunday in May. The outward conditions were excellent and the Schoenstatt Centre in Nittenau with its beautiful grounds added to the festive atmosphere.— The shrine festival 2018 began at 11.30 a.m. with Holy Mass supported by the Schoenstatt Youth with their attractive, rhythmical songs.Read More
GERMANY/HUNGARY, Johannes Bechtold • The Schoenstatt Men’s Youth (SMJ) from the Speyer, Fulda, and Mainz / Limburg dioceses in Germany also met once again this year from April 1st to the 7th for a workweek at the Hungarian Schoenstatt Center in Óbudavár, where we drove together.  The week’s motto was “Life is calling!”—   On Easter Sunday, more than fifty young men met at their Schoenstatt centers in Herxheim, Dietershausen, and Weiskirchen, before heading off to Lake Balaton together. Lake Balaton is the first Schoenstatt Branch Shrine in Hungary. AlthoughRead More
GERMANY, EDITORS • In the early hours of the morning on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday – Rejoice – Cardinal Karl Lehman, for many years Bishop of Mainz and President of the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference, died. “A great theologian, bishop and philanthropist leaves us” wrote Cardinal Marx, Munich, President of the German Bishops’ Conference. Many in the Schoenstatt Movement are connected with Cardinal Lehmann and mourn his passing. — He was patron of the Academy for Marriage and Family Pedagogy and presented certificates to many freshly qualifiedRead More
Maria Fischer • The small home printer could not keep up with all the many emails that came in the last week of Advent– let us remember that schoenstatt.org has no headquarters or office. So on 18, 19, 20 of December, a partial delivery of all these letters sent to the MTA in the Original Shrine was made filling the jar to the brim They came especially from Latin America – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, México, and Panamá – but also from the United States, Spain,Read More