Italy Tag

ITALY, Pamela Fabiano – Girls’ Youth Leader in Italy • The Church of St. Catherine and St. Francis Patrons of Italy – is the Roman parish where the Schoenstatt Fathers live. This church, in front of Trastevere train station, hosts many activities of the Schoenstatt Movement in Italy, particularly the youth groups who give life to various groups, and over the years have grown thanks to the constant tenacity and commitment of the Schoenstatt Fathers and Sisters. GIURCAP is one of these groups. Young students at the Law Faculty atRead More
ITALY, Federico Bauml • Rome, February 18, 2017. Nearly 200 people, members and friends of the Schoenstatt Movement, gathered at the Cor Ecclesiae Shrine for a farewell party for Sister Fatima and Father Alfredo, the two “pillars” of the movement in Italy. Farewells always have a veil of melancholy, especially when it is to say goodbye to someone who has given so much and filled such an important space. It is true, however, that the melancholy of a farewell is always proportional to the joy of shared experiences. Therefore, forRead More
ROME BELMONTE, Maria Fischer in an interview with Fr. Marcelo Cervi • February 2nd, Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple also known as “Candlemass,” a feast for Belmonte and the small Belmonte family gathered in memory of a previous February 2nd, in 1966.  That day, Fr. Kentenich visited the Belmonte site and spoke on the mission of this place and this Shrine – which at that time only existed in people’s hearts – in the local and personal center of the universal Church, in the city of theRead More
ITALY,  Fr. Rolando G. Montes de Oca Valero • Being a Pilgrim Mother missionary presupposes allowing her to choose the methods. I expected my brother, Marwan – a Maronite rite priest with whom I know at the University – would return the picture with more “solemnity”. She had visited him the previous week, accompanying him at an important time; he was grateful and was willing to “return the visit.” When he took the Pilgrim Mother books out of his backpack and placed them in my hands, along with a “ThankRead More
FRANCIS IN THE YEAR OF MERCY • Pope Francis on 2 November expressed his proximity to the Archbishop of Spoleto-Norcia, Renato Boccardo, over the phone for the people affected by the latest earthquakes, particularly the one that took place on 30 October, and said that during his visit to Sweden he accompanied this tragedy “and from there, I prayed for you.” Norsia — also the birthplace of St. Benedict — was hit by a powerful earthquake on 24 August that also affected other parts of central Italy.  However, it wasRead More
BELMONTE ROME, Maria Fischer • “Let us run to the city of David…” perchance did the author of this beautiful German Christmas carol find himself, at one time, in the daily Roman traffic jam, looking at his GPS, which showed the arrival time threateningly indicating that it coincide with the beginning of the Covenant Mass in the Belmonte Rome International Center, while the co-pilot was saying out loud: “Push, push, push”? Disregarding all the non-Roman traffic laws, we finally crossed through the Center’s entrance gate punctually at 5:30 p.m., whileRead More
ITALY, Rome – Maria Fischer • “We should really have postponed and all of us should have been in St. Peter’s Square. The organizers realized too late that this year the first Sunday in September, traditionally the date for the annual meeting for the Italian Schoenstatt Family, would coincide with the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. An element of sadness among many of the participants and fewer participants than usual, particularly among the customary invited international clergy in Rome, were the visible signs of the date clash on 4Read 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

Posted On 05.10.2016In Missions

Family Missions in Italy

ITALY – Fr. Alfredo Pereira • The art of ringing the bells, knocking on doors, the Pilgrim Mother traveling throughout town, community life, liturgies with the town people, people’s welcome, and sharing… A challenge of our times When there are so many questions about the family in different genres: anthropological, social, political, and above all religious, God calls some couples so that their marital love will also be missionary– a love that spreads outside their home.  Fr. Kentenich, founder of the Schoenstatt Movement, encouraged families previously during the ‘60’s notRead More
Belmonte | Newsletter 09/2016 Letter from Belmonte Dear family: August and part of September what a time!  In Schoenstatt, during the General Congress at the Institute of Diocesan Priests’ house, we have dedicated a good deal of time talking about Belmonte.  As the community responsible for carrying out the construction of the International Center, we are concerned, but not discouraged about concluding this great dream. I want to share something with you. When speaking about this Center, we want it to be called Belmonte Rome, so those who do notRead More