Kentenich Tag

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
CHILE, Verónica Gutiérez • On 18 January, we had every reason to celebrate. Pope Francis had finished his visit to Chile. He crowned the Virgen de Carmen ( Our Lady of Carmel), patroness of Chile, three times, and it was Covenant Day. The pontiff celebrated his third Mass in the northern part of the country in Iquique, where he crowned the Virgin of Tirana, la “Chinita” as she is affectionately called. Moments later, a thief stole the crown of the Cenacle Shrine of Bellavista. How difficult it is to beRead More
EUROPE, Pilar Bacigalupo, Corina Blankenberg • At the end of August, a pedagogical seminar for educators took place at House Marienau in Schoenstatt.  The participants felt very well taken care of, and in the weeks since, have amassed the fruits of their labor from those days and put them together. Discover the pedagogy of Father Kentenich and spread it. Present the different facets of his pedagogy in such a way that they can be effective not only to accompany one spiritually, but also to be used in schools, in businessRead More
NIGERIA, Michael Okpala • The dream of a multi-purpose hall all began with a humble desire. Through the Blessed Mother’s active presence in our shrine, the number of those who attend Sunday masses in our community grew day by day. Now we have no less than 100 people who attend mass in our community every Sunday as well as for weekday masses and other events. We see it as the handiwork of our Blessed Mother, the Victorious Queen. At the inception of this humble desire, its feasibility appeared impossible. WeRead More
NIGERIA, Collins Ike Nwafor • On 21 September 2017, the Schoenstatt Fathers in Nigeria celebrated a tripartite event: the end of the Course Tertianship for the Apostles of the Covenant of Love; this Course’s sealing a Covenant of Love with Father Joseph Kentenich; and the official beginning of the “Kentenich Year” as inaugurated on 15 September, 2017 by the entire Schoenstatt Movement. The immanence of God continues to radiate in humanity through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God promised by Christ and descended upon the ApostlesRead More
BRAZIL, Paulo Zambolin via www.jumasbrasil.com.br • Representatives of the Boys’ Youth (Jumas) from all over Brazil attended their IX National Forum, which was held in the Puer et Pater Schoenstatt Shrine, in Itaara, Rio Grande do Sul, which brought together eighty young people along with their advisers, Frs. Alfonso Wosny, Clodoaldo Kamimura, Ailton Brito, Julio Rodrigues, Br. Mandred Worlitschek, and seminarians Gabriel Oberle and Filipe Araujo. The objective of the forum was to reflect and decide about the youths’ direction and aspirations for the coming year. These young people tookRead More
GERMANY, Dorothee Alberty • On 3-4 September 2017 fifty years had passed since Fr Kentenich visited the Centre of the Schoenstatt Movement in the Archdiocese of Freiburg, Germany. It is called “Marienfried” and is situated in the little town of Oberkirch at the entrance to the Rench Valley. The motivation for this visit was because the Schoenstatt Family in the Archdiocese of Freiburg had developed its diocesan ideal. It has spent the past year preparing for this jubilee and is celebrating it in many ways: with a vigil for theRead More
Interview of Darío Ramírez, Venezuelan, a political refugee in Panamá • Darío Ramírez, a young Venezuelan legislator, surprised Pope Francis and his girlfriend when he proposed marriage on Sunday 27 August, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall. The proposal happened during a private audience Pope Francis granted to eighty delegates from different countries, who were participating in the annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network (ICLN) in Rome.  It was a great surprise to see a picture of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt in the young Venezuelan’s hand. ThereRead More
SCHOENSTATTERS AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH: Fr. Alexandre Awi, the new secretary for the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life On 1 September, Fr. Alexandre Awi, a Schoenstatt Father from Brazil, who up until May this year was the National Movement Director for Brazil, officially took up his task as the Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Before starting his new job and after having spent several months in the house of the Schoenstatt Fathers in Trastévere, Rome, where he finished his doctoral thesis and studiedRead More
Fr. Guillermo Carmona • For our Schoenstatt Family, Father Kentenich is one of his most central truths – “a point of contact,” we say – along with the Blessed Mother and the Shrine.  He is also an example of the “Covenant that transforms.”  His life history could have transformed him into a bitter person, rancorous, and vindictive. He could have ended up depressed and tormented, like so many prisoners from the concentration camps, renouncing even the Church like those who suffer from the injustice and authoritarianism of some of itsRead More