Kentenich Tag

COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez Aguilar de Monturiol • The triduum activities commemorating the blessing of the first Costa Rican Schoenstatt Shrine, “Family of Hope,” were a gift for the Church. A fair was held beneath the intense hot Costa Rican summer sun…it was a family and pedagogical celebration. The event’s name was: “Encounter with Schoenstatt…together for the family” united the different family Branches and Schoenstatt apostolates.  United they demonstrated the family work during the weekend. The objective was to make a contribution of the Family Work to the Church andRead More
PARAGUAY, Jose Arguello • Some days ago we received unpublished stories from Bishop Claudio Gimenez about the early days of the Schoenstatt Movement’s birth in Paraguay, and then Father Kentenich’s participation at this phase of development.  Likewise he told us how some of his personal and intimate encounters with the Founder had taken place, and even about the more intimate details about the day of his death… — “…In the context of the Father Kentenich Year, nobody is excused from praying, even if it is only a Hail Mary forRead More
BRAZIL, Schoenstatt Fathers and Editorial Team • He departed for the Father’s House on 27 March at 2:30 pm with forty-five years of priesthood given to the Church through the Schoenstatt Work. Fr. Ottomar Schneider died at age 82 with the rosary in hand, praying the decades in the presence of his community brothers from the Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers. — Upon celebrating forty years of priesthood a few years ago Fr. Ottomar Schneider affirmed:  “I am a happy priest. I have never regretted for one second in takingRead More
ARGENTINA, Interview with Carlos Barrio y Lipperheide by Maria Fischer from schoenstatt.org • Married to Maria José, a father of five, a lawyer, coach, the author of several books, a member of the Apostolic Schoenstatt Movement and the International Community of Schoenstatt Businessmen and Executives (CIEES), Carlos Barrio y Lipperheide, is no stranger to schoenstatt.org readers. Work and daily life — the “two environments where we spend the largest part of our life” (Fr. José Maria García in the prologue of the book “El Rosario de trabajo y de laRead 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
UNIVERSAL CHURCH, editorial team• An unexpected surprise was published on Saturday, 3 March: In a Decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship, the Vatican established that the memorial of the Virgin Mary as “Mother of the Church” will be celebrated every year on the Monday following the Feast of Pentecost. In countries like Argentina and Poland, this feast day is already included in the calendar “approved according to the norm of particular law, in the future it may continue to be celebrated in the same way.”—   The decree beginsRead More
Carlos Barrio and Lipperheide, Argentina, author of “La alegría en el trabajo” [Joy in work] • Comments on Pope Francis’ prayer for the 52nd World Communications Day (2018)  — Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion. Help us to remove the venom from our judgements. Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters. You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world: where there is shouting,Read More
TOWARDS THE YOUTH SYNOD, Maria Fischer and Claudia Echenique • If the Youth Synod had been convened by Pope Benedict XV in 1914, the youth of Schoenstatt’s founding generation and Fr. Kentenich would have participated with great enthusiasm and commitment. He believed in the dynamic and creative power of youth to jump start Schoenstatt’s development in the face of the challenges of the time. A century later, Pope Francis truly wants to listen to the youth because he desires a Church that has them in mind and that comes fromRead More
PARAGUAY, Bishop Claudio Giménez Our youths are truly marvelous.  They were there steadfast, working, serving in different places on the 18th with great responsibility and awareness of the task they assumed for that Covenant Day. They worked alongside the adults as Mary’s allies.  As a matter of fact, the Church in Paraguay has for sometime wanted to reward our youths for that spirit of service in the dioceses, in the parishes, in the Movements, and in religious communities. A struggling and joyful Church But the culminating event that sped upRead More
INTERNATIONAL, Roberto González • For all Schoenstatters, dates are very important, since we remember specific times in our personal histories, such as when a Covenant of Love with Mary was sealed, or our countries’ history, and we especially like to remember the large and small milestones within and outside the Shrine, which is our homeland. The beginning of 2018 is particularly marked by an important anniversary: the 50th year since Fr. Joseph Kentenich, our beloved Father and Founder’s death. Although many of us never had the opportunity to know andRead More