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GERMANY, Matthias Hülfenhaus • Take yourself out of the stress of your everyday working life. Find time for yourself and for God, and to receive nourishment for mind and soul: that was the offer of the silent retreat for leaders that took place from 1-5 December 2019 in the House of the Family, in Memholz, with seven participants. —  The beneficial basic structure of the days consisted in Morning Prayer, times of silence, Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. In the mornings and afternoons Fr Michael Hagan ISch gave impulses for ourRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Zachary E. Larson • With 15 young men from six countries, the International Schoenstatt Leaders’ school offered a new generation of leaders the chance to deepen their formation. For 33 days, members of the Schoenstatt International Male Youth stayed at the Original Shrine, the fount of graces. They followed the footsteps of Father Kentenich, meeting the communities he established and studying the milestones of his life. Above all, these Schoenstatt leaders, no matter from which country, focused their energy on fostering a joyful, purposeful international community. In theRead More
Fr Elmar Busse • If you look at the Schoenstatt Shrine App or the world map of the over two hundred Schoenstatt shrines, it becomes evident that Schoenstatt is a worldwide Movement of renewal with particularly dynamic life in Latin America. How did it all start? In retrospect the talk Fr Kentenich gave on 18 October 1914 in the newly renovated cemetery chapel on the Pallottine property in Vallendar-Schoenstatt is seen as the moment when the Schoenstatt Movement began. The developing seed with its new spirituality reached its completion inRead More
GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, Maria Fischer • It was almost at the end that the words were spoken that describe these ten years of IKAF, and at the same time the next year’s programme and challenge: Around the Table. With these words Fr Kentenich described his concept of communication. “Around the Table” – that is the new name for the biennial meeting of leaders and business people prepared by the International Kentenich Academy for Leaders (IKAF). — Around the table: Fr Kentenich developed this concept already in the founding period and applied itRead 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
CHILE, Verónica Gutiérrez • There were several events and special commemorations during the weekend of October 21 for the Chilean Schoenstatt community. In the first place, it was the date of the fourth milestone of Schoenstatt’s history when Fr. Kentenich was re-incorporated into the Church, he allowing his return and continuing as the director of this movement. The second point, it was St. John Paul II Day and Fr. Joseph Kentenich’s first visit to Chile. With so much to celebrate, the National Leaders’ Gathering was held at the Cenacle ShrineRead More
by Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town, South Africa, member of the Editorial Board of schoenstatt.org • This week, the world has witnessed one of the most contentious elections of recent times. America’s election was foreshadowed by a mud-slinging contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  But through all the mud, the election contest didn’t focus on the national economy or foreign policy.  It was a campaign about values. Clinton appealed to the extension of civil rights while Trump’s “Let’s make America great again” slogan appealed to the traditional values of familyRead More
CUBA, Mission Cuba and Editorial Team • Several days after Easter, Fr. José Gabriel Bastián Cadoso of the Schoenstatt Federation of Diocesan Priests sent this greeting, “From Cuba, united in the triumph of God’s mercy over the evils of our time.” Schoenstatt is truly growing stronger in Cuba with the presence of three Federation priests in the country, the third Chilean team of Mission Cuba, along with youths and couples from Spain preparing to go on mission to Cuba to help with training. Historic times “I am happy to knowRead More
GERMANY, Maria Fischer • “Caught!” was clearly written in Margit R’s face when Gertrud and Norbert Jehle spoke very practically and graphically about “listening and looking” on Saturday, 27 June, during the Jour Fixe for leaders at Memholz, Germany. These are decisive elements of observation when dealing with colleagues. The little, practical exercise during which Margit R’s face showed she had been caught, gave rise in other participants to a whole palette of emotions from “This can’t be happening!” to a smiling, “It really is my turn!” The exercise consistedRead More