Joseph Kentenich Tag

CHILE, Natalia Jáuregui / Maria Fischer • “There is another social-educational project: the Father Hernan Alessandri Foundation, which has a large school in the commune of Puente Alto, in Santiago de Chile,” commented Father Francisco Pereira, spiritual director of Maria Ayuda, Chile, a few months ago in an exchange with schoenstatt.org about concrete projects of the development of a new social order, from the Covenant of Love. This is the Colegio José Kentenich in Puente Alto, where 834 boys and girls from the neighborhood are taught. It is a differentRead More
Fr Elmar Busse, Germany • We register Schoenstatt’s third milestone as having taken place on 31 May 1949, and localise it in Bellavista, Chile. It is the only milestone in Schoenstatt’s history that took place outside Europe. Nevertheless, I believe that it also has a great deal to do with Europe and Germany and dare to take a look at it from a German perspective of what happened and its message, which turns seventy this coming 31 May.— The first and second milestones took place in Vallendar (18.10.1914) and KoblenzRead More
A commentary on the Gaudete et Exsultate Apostolic Exhortation , by Juan Enrique Coeymans, Chile • Pope Francis’ recent Gaudete et Exsultate Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world resonates with Schoenstatt children, whose familiarity with this topic is taken for granted, and sometimes even forgotten.— Disproving the comments of many ill-informed journalists who say that Pope Benedict was very intellectual and that Pope Francis has little theological formation, the first thing that draws our attention is precisely the theological, biblical and patristic depth of the textRead More
GERMANY, Loni Rick and Maria Fischer • When the poster and invitation for the pilgrimage from Fr Kentenich’s birthplace in Gymnich via the Marienfeld to the pilgrimage church of Mary, Mother of Sorrows in Grefrath on 9 June this year landed in the postbox of the editors of schoenstatt.org, I thought of Camilo Ardissone from Paraguay and our “shrine excursions” during the weeks he took part in a student exchange programme in Germany close to Cologne.— Infected by the enthusiasm of this fifteen-year-old for the Original Shrine, we visited asRead More
BRAZIL, Cássio Leal, member of the schoenstatt.org editorial team • On 29 March we said goodbye to a priest who made history and left a legacy. Fr. Ottomar Schneider was well-known and much loved throughout Brazil. A man who “fought the good fight.” In his youth, when he was still a student in the Schoenstatt Fathers, he had the opportunity to meet Fr. Joseph Kentenich, an encounter that touched his life forever. —   Fr. Ottomar Schneider was a tireless Marian priest. He always went beyond what was expected ofRead More
ARGENTINA, Federico Stellato/Maria Fischer • Since the beginning of February, a symbol, greatly loved by many Schoenstatters from Argentina and beyond, is traveling to various places and communities in Argentina: it has to do with one of the numerous copies of a bronze plate with an impression of Father Kentenich’s hand.  The journey began in Ituzaingo, Corrientes Province, and during March will be in the Archdiocese of Corrientes and Resistencia. — It is an initiative in the context of the Father Kentenich Year and emerged from the Advisers’ Headquarters.  SinceRead More
ARGENTINA, Fr. Esteban Casquero • The Schoenstatt University Mission “Kairos Patris 2018” was carried out 21-28 January in Saldungaray, a small town within the Coarca de Sierra de la Ventana region in the Archdiocese of Bahía Blanca. — Three years ago, we began the re-founding of the Boys’ Youth and the Girls’ Youth in the Cathedral of Bahía Blanca. Slowly youths joined that wanted to give their hearts to the Blessed Mother in the Covenant of Love. During the week, the youths met in the Cathedral’s halls, and they hadRead More
PARAGUAY, Joaquín Santiviago • Joaquín Santiviago, the director of Coro Alegría, relates about the mission of this choir and its objectives. Some time ago, the Joseph Kentenich Foundation took the initiative of offering everyone the prayer of the Holy Rosary to cultivate the spirit in daily life. In this way, this encounter with the God of life will become more concrete through the contemplation of the mysteries of Jesus’ life and his mother. Mary. During this prayer, the Glorious, Joyful, Sorrowful and Luminous mysteries reveal the life of him, whoRead More
Fr. Alberto E. Eronti, Buenos Aires, Argentina There are questions that touch bottom, that constitute a radical challenge; they are those that leave no alternative, they must be answered.  For example, this was Martha’s experience in Bethany (Jn.11: 26) when Jesus upon affirming “Those who believe in me will live, even though they die,” He asks: “Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord, I do believe.”  This also was the question Father Kentenich asked a group of Schoenstatt Fathers who went to see him about problems they thought could not beRead More
Fr. Borja Coello de Portugal, Director of the Movement in Spain • We are back from vacation; for some it was a long time and for others it was short.  And we have ahead of us a marked course by the person of Father Kentenich.  From 15 September 2017 to 15 September 2018 as a Family, we are invited to prepare for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the death of our Father. In this past course, we have tried to get set on fire by “Father’s Fire.”  ThisRead More