Kentenich Tag

GERMANY, Maria Fischer • Gone are the days when an employee of city of Erftstadt learned about Joseph Kentenich, who was born in one of the villages of his city, through an Internet report about a play in Paraguay. Using great dedication and with good adaptation to the local conditions, the “Friends of Father Joseph Kentenich’s Birthplace” association has made the founder of Schoenstatt a Gymnicher. As a result, the congregation is proud and feels connected with the founder of Schoenstatt.  Together with Father Joseph Pikos and the leaders ofRead More

Posted On 02.12.2018In Covenant Life, Kentenich

Father’s Fire

COSTA RICA, María Fischer The happiness overwhelming the families was evident.  After a weekend retreat and in depth work, they sealed their first consecration, thus officially forming part of the Family Federation in Costa Rica.  Their course ideal, Ignis Patris (Father’s Fire), reflected the intense experience they had during the Father Kentenich Year.  — These families want to be guardians of Father Kentenich’s charism and mission in order to protect the essence and the values of the family.  Being “Father’s Fire” implies living in complete union with the spirit andRead More
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LETTER FROM THE CHILEAN YOUTH, Sebastián Pineda Oyarzun with Maria Fischer • “Our aim with these words is to “take up our role as adults” in the Movement, like Pope Francis urged us during his visit last January. During that same address in Maipú, he urged us to speak out and be the renewal that the Church needs. We took up the challenge, its consequences, and we also take responsibility for what we have expressed here —good and bad —we take responsibility for what we say in these pages.” Just beforeRead More
GERMANY, Melanie and Ulrich Grauert • Intense, strenuous, rewarding because intellectually stimulating, good atmosphere, wonderful climate – somewhat relaxed, light: those were the feelings of some of the participants at the end of the weekend for business people and leaders, which took place in glorious autumn weather from 9-11 November in the Schoenstatt Centre, Memhölz. Following the proven IKAF (International Kentenich Academy for Business Leaders) method,  learnt from studying the MTA magazine,  the programme consited in the participants and their experiences. — Three participants had shared an experience shortly before this whenRead More

Posted On 12.11.2018In Original Shrine

A trip as a family

ORIGINAL SHRINE/SPAIN, Sonsoles Sastre and Carlos Sáinz de los Terreros • When we were invited to represent the Family Federation on the Commission that was going to organize a Spanish Family pilgrimage to Schoenstatt, at first, we thought that it would involve helping with the logistics of the trip for the Federation members who wanted to attend i.e. planes, lodging, and so forth. That is, we would work like a travel agency. The reality was far from it. Upon arriving at the first meeting, we saw the pilgrimage’s make-up encompassedRead More
ARGENTINA, September 15, 2018, Mónica Fiacchi García • On September 15th on the occasion of Father Kentenich’s Year, at the Land of the Promise Shrine in Rawson, Argentina, a very moving Mass took place on Saturday afternoon. Fr. Juan Nota, pastor of Rawson, celebrated. In his homily, he referred to the Founder by linking the Founder’s charism to the day’s readings. — At the end of Mass, the priest blessed and gave out images of the Rosary Campaign’s Pilgrim Mother to new missionaries. Afterwards, Fr. Nota and those of usRead More
September 15, 2018, Tuparenda, Closing of the Father Kentenich Year, the Most Reverend Francisco Javier Pistilli, Bishop of Encarnación • 1          Who do they say I am? Identity, power and following The question of Jesus to his disciples occurs in the context of what many comment after having seen the power of the Lord. This new Master has made himself known by his many marvels/wonders. Who do they say that I am? It is not only about defining his nature but also understanding his strength, his power, his mystery. ManyRead More
CHILE, Maria Fischer • There is a new book about Fr. Kentenich that came out a few weeks before the 50th Anniversary of his death, which was to be expected in a year dedicated to him. But it is not one just more book about him or of him, nor is it a book of photographs or a book of his writings— there has already been a great deal of that. This new book has a different format from usual, it is in black and white (a lot of black,Read More
PARAGUAY, 15 September 2018, Maria Fischer • A  guard at the Tupãrenda shrine wearing a sky blue vest welcomed three pilgrims – two from Ciudad del Este and one from Germany – at the door of the shrine, with a large cordial smile that is typical of Paraguay. She gave us a piece of plain white paper and explained: write your offering for today on this paper and place it in the jar in the Shrine…We know and have been doing it for years. However, this very cordial, joyful, confidentRead More
PARAGUAY, Hugo Kunzle Elizeche • As part of the Fr. Kentenich Year and a few days before 15 September, Bishop Claudio Giménez visited the Terruño Shrine in Ciudad del Este where he presented a talk entitled “Closeness with Fr. Joseph Kentenich”. – On very cold and rainy afternoon, we welcomed Bishop Claudio Giménez (priest belonging the Schoenstatt Institute) with great expectation and joy. Bishop Giménez is touring the country with a group of families from the city of Caacupé, where he was bishop for many years, relating his experiences withRead More