marriage Tag

SPAIN, Miguel Lasso de la Vega • It has been a couple of years since Mary kindled a desire in the hearts of two Schoenstatt couples in Madrid— a desire to take the richness of its marriage pedagogy beyond Schoenstatt.— At the time, it was only an idea, the desire to move beyond the Shrine.  The two couples wanted to reach others who were unable, uninterested, or simply unaware of the need to draw close to God.   The missionary spirit had arrived in their hearts; it was the moment toRead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa, Gonzalo Vega and Maria Fischer • G61, G62, G63, G64… The Schoenstatt Family Work in Costa Rica continues growing in the number of groups, the number of apostolic activities, and in depth.   As they say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida!   Life is good! — Two retreats took place at the same time on Saturday, March 2nd, at the Family of Hope Shrine in Costa Rica, and many people were blessed. The families of G44, “Forging Hope”, met for the Blessing of their Home Shrines.Read More
GERMANY,  Stephan und Rebecca Jehle • A few weeks ago at the Schoenstatt Center in Aulendorf, Rebecca and Stephan Jehle (family photo above), family trainers, organized a family weekend with eight families. All kinds of interesting articles could have been written about it, and then one was published on a participant’s blog.  We publish it here, with the author’s permission. Quite different… very different and very good.— Here is the original report (and more) by Dagny Locher: My husband is Catholic. Many are Catholic, I know, but he is reallyRead More
PARAGUAY, Mabel and Aldo Alonso • In October 2011, Aldo and I together began to write our story, knowing that it would not be easy, but we never thought it would be so difficult. A short time after being married, a tumor was discovered in my head. We suffered, but we were able to overcome our first great trial. Later I became pregnant and joy filled our home. Weeks later, I lost my baby, and the sorrow was so profound that it seemed impossible for us to recover. Although weRead More
GERMANY, Michael Defrancesco • What makes something ring true for us? With whom are we on the same wavelength? When the Academy for Marriage and Family deals with this question at its 16th Graduate Congress at Marienland on Mount Schoenstatt in Vallendar, one already suspects the point: ideally our spouses will make our lives ring true, we are on the same wavelength with both he and our children. “Resonance or the redeemed longing for a successful relationship” was the almost poetic title for the academic weekend. — What makes ourRead More
AUSTRIA, ASOE Mediaservice/Editorial Staff • On Sunday, January 21, 2018, the Schoenstatt Academy for Family Pedagogy at Kahlenberg celebrated receiving their diplomas upon graduating the two-year family training program. At 2pm in the parish church Linz-St. Paul Pichling, Bishop Dr. Manfred Scheuer from Linz presided during a festive Mass with a missionary sendoff celebration and an additional social program.— Isabella and Michael Lemmé held the greeting.  They led and organized the Family Training Course that ran from  5 March 2016 to 14 January 2018. The participants benefited from the expertRead More
COSTA RICA, Margarita Morera de Escorriola • Some of the couples went in total agreement toward growing on their way to marriage, but others went to please a fiancé that had cajoled or pleaded beforehand. Thus on Sunday, 21 January 2018, forty-four couples met in the first Gathering for Engaged Couples, held in the Family of Hope Shrine in San José, Costa Rica. The requirements for participating in the Gathering “Getting to know one another as a Couple” were that both had to be over the age of 18 havingRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Sr. Suzanne Duncan, Sarah-Leah Pimentel • At a time when marriage and family life are in crisis, the  Family Branch in Cape Town took a Hungarian program for married couples and adapted it to the local South African context. Two years on, the Marriage Camino has borne much fruit and revitalized the Schoenstatt Family, when 11 families made their Covenant of Love in the Shrine at Constantia. Born in Hungary, adapted for South Africa The idea and inspiration of a pilgrimage way for couples originated in Óbudavár, Hungary.Read More
PARAGUAY, Sebastián y Concepción Martín • The Ayolas, Paraguay Schoenstatt community shared a gathering of great joy and fruitfulness on the road to their Covenant of Love with the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. On September 2, Fr. Tommy Nin Mitchell, the Schoenstatt National Director in Paraguay, celebrated a double ceremony, and Fr. Esteban Chaparro, the pastor of Ayolas, con-celebrated. Strong growth In the two and a half years since the Ayolas’ Schoenstatt Family Branch founding, there are already three working groups with a total of thirty couples. The firstRead 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