Kentenich Tag

Interview with Dr. Peter Wolf, Founding member of the Josef Kentenich Institute • “The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Joseph Kentenich Institute is approaching. The great annual meeting and the planned congress have fallen victim to the Corona Pandemic.  From July 6 – 8, we want to celebrate it here in Oberkirch at the actual site of the event in a small circle. I would like very much that the initiative for the work of our father does not disappear completely within the corona pandemic. Could you helpRead More
PRESS RELEASE OF THE DIOCESE OF TRIER, Judith Rupp • Bishop Dr. Stephan Ackermann has announced the appointment of a new commission of historians for the process of beatification of Father Joseph Kentenich. The reason for this is the fact that after the opening of the Vatican archives (up to the end of Pope Pius XII’s pontificate in 1958), there are now documents available that were previously not accessible for diocesan research in the process of beatification of the founder of the Schoenstatt Movement.  This is how the diocesan bishopRead More
Fr. Diogo Barata on behalf of the Schoenstatt Fathers of Spain | Letter to the Schoenstatt Movement of Spain • The Schoenstatt Fathers from Spain want to share with you a first reflection on the news that have appeared in the last few hours. It is an investigation of recently declassified historical files that have brought to light accusations of alleged abuses by our founder. Father Joseph Kentenich – as we all know him – was removed from his work as a result of an apostolic visitation in the earlyRead More
Ignacio Serrano del Pozo, Chile • The recent information provided by the German newspaper Tagespost, referring to the research of the theologian and historian Alexandra von Teuffenbach, has left a good part of the Schoenstatters confused and discouraged.  The analysis carried out during the pontificate of Pius XII in the Vatican, contains a lot of material about the visitation of Father Sebastian Tromp, among this would be found – according to von Teuffenbach – notes about the conversations of the Dutch Jesuit with Father Joseph Kentenich, as well as lettersRead More
Redacción Schoenstatt.org • “I think a lot of objectivity will be demanded from us”, said Bishop Francisco Pistilli of Encarnación, giving a hint at this time. Today, July 2, 2020, the German newspaper “Die Tagespost”, a traditional Catholic medium, published a note written by historian Alexandra von Teuffenbach, Rome, on documents from the Vatican files from the time of Pius XII, which since March have been available to everyone in the context of Pope Francis’ initiative for greater transparency in the church. These documents contain writings of the visitors SteinRead More
SWITZERLAND/GERMANY , Maria Fischer • “In a time when so much stands still – when the world is holding its breath in the grip of the Corona crisis, as it were – the joy of work takes on a whole new meaning. In this time, the awareness and the desire is growing that after the almost worldwide lockdown, things cannot continue as before”, write Ulrich and Melanie Grauert, co-founders and directors of the IKAF (International Kentenich Academy for Executives) in the foreword to a book that saw the light ofRead More
Pilar Andrade, Spain • The issue of environmentalism bothers a lot of people. They find the demonstrations in which thousands of people – especially young people – take to the streets demanding measures to prevent an environmental catastrophe, exaggerated. Greta Thünberg, in particular, is bothering people: how can a teenage brat teach government leaders lessons? In Spain, which is where I write from, many associate environmentalism with the extreme left, and therefore with a political ideology whose historical roots are not only alien, but even contradictory to some aspects ofRead More
CHILE, Paulina Johnson V. and Rafael Mascayano M. • A few days have already passed and we are still thankful for the result of the workshop “Introduction to the Social Thought” of Fr. Kentenich. As he would say, we are in the re-living.  A workshop-course which was originally designed to be held in person and, because of the coronavirus, we were faced with the dilemma of not holding it or of trying to hold it in a virtual format, a modality which presented us with great challenges. — The concreteRead More
GERMANY, Maria Fischer • To this day, it is “incomprehensible to me how such crimes were possible in a Christian-influenced country like Germany,” said Archbishop Reinhard Cardinal Marx, when he visited the Mortal Agony of Christ Chapel on the grounds of the memorial site of the former Dachau concentration camp in connection with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp and the end of the war. A short film was recorded there for the online offer of the archbishopric of Munich and Freising.— The fact thatRead More
GERMANY, Press Release Gedenkstättenseelsorge Dachau• The Protestant Churches of Bavaria and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising  marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp with an ecumenical service of remembrance on the 27th April 2020. This took place in the Protestant Church of Reconciliation, built on the actual location of the former prisoner camp site, a short distance from the crematorium. The video recording of this service is made available on April 29, 2020,  the 75th anniversary of the liberation of  the concentration campRead More