Mary Tag

Madrid, May 21st, 2020, the day of the Lord’s Ascension, Barbara Anne De Franceschi • We’ve lost a holy priest. Slowly, quietly, offering in silence an illness that has taken away his physical strength and vigor, but has kept him alert until his last agony. Surrounded by his brothers in community, cared for by the Palliative Care Unit, and sustained by the prayers of two countries that he loved deeply and that loved him just as much. — In Chile, his country of origin, his large family: his community ofRead More
UNITED IN PRAYER FOR THE WORLD, WITH POPE FRANCIS • United in prayer to invoke the help and assistance of Our Lady in the pandemic, and to entrust the whole of humanity to the Lord. On 30 May 2020, at 5:30 pm, Pope Francis will preside over the prayer of the Holy Rosary from the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens. The Marian celebration, to be broadcast live on via satellite, is organised by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, on the theme: “Devoted and with one accordRead More
COSTA RICA, Fabiola Lacayo • Last Saturday, November 23rd, three groups of couples from the Family Branch of the East and Cartago sealed their Covenant of Love with Mary in the shadow of our Family of Hope Shrine. —     Twenty-six couples began their journey in Schoenstatt in February 2018, under the care of three couples: Arturo Fonseca and Julia Haug, as leaders of the group Corazones en Familia; Danny Álvarez and Fabiola Lacayo, as leaders of the group Alegría de María, and the group Labradores de Esperanza, fromRead More
18 OCTOBER IN SCHOENSTATT, Maria Fischer • “What does it mean for an Argentinian who visits Schoenstatt for 18 October when the Mass and sermon centre on the German Movement’s motto for the year?” Daniel Martino, a member of the Family Federation, reflected for a moment, smiled and answered: “That’s just what I expected. The ‘Germanness’ of Schoenstatt! Nevertheless we had headphones and translation. And the sermon was powerful. It called for such radical openness that it was immaterial that it reflected on the German motto for the year. ItRead More
VATICAN/ARGENTINA, Maria Fischer “Mary – Church: The Mother of a Missionary People”. That is the title of the Doctoral thesis in Mariology recently completed by Fr Alexandre Awi Mello, Schoenstatt Father and Secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, at the International Marian Research Institute of the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA. — This study, which has been published by Agape Libros in Buenos Aires, deals with the life and Marian activity of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It show he learnt a Marian spirituality of the people through hisRead More
SOUTH AFRICA, Tapiwanashe Manhombo • When my dear sister Evadne told me to save the date for the celebration of the feast of the Assumption in Lansdowne, I hadn’t put much thought into it. In my mind, this was going to be another one of those great days where we get to gush about Mother Mary – it would be beautiful but ultimately another one of those routine celebrations. Or so I thought… — I arrived almost an hour before the ceremony began. This gave me time to take inRead More
SRI LANKA, Ashanthi Fernando/Maria Fischer • First there were “letters to the MTA in the Original Shrine” coming from Sri Lanka every two, three months— next some Australian word of mouth about the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Rosary Campaign being present in Sri Lanka— then the regular Sri Lankan visitors on schoenstatt.org, emphasizing the importance of going that extra mile in translating all these stories from real life into English, mostly from Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese, and then, as already has happened several times before, an errant piece of mailRead More
ARGENTINA, Fabiana Vargas, Tita Ríos • June ends with Mother’s Day and a visit of their advisor, Sister Maria Pilar Carrere. A very grey day with light drizzle did not prevent mothers from Crespo, Seguí and Paraná, coming together to reflect on what “Mary, Let us reflect your image and walk through life entirely like you: strong and noble, simple and kind, spreading love and peace and joy.” (which is prayed so often) means concretely each person’s life.— Mary is a woman of salt and light in her evangelical vocation;Read More
MEXICO, Brenda Rocamontes • After months of preparation, the day finally arrived to begin the mission. Youth from Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Guadalajara, Chuihuahua, Monterrey, and Iguala responded to the Blessed Mother’s call to live Holy Week in “Mexico: Mary’s Light” Missions. More than 500 young people gathered at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Tancanhuitz de Santos, San Luis Potosí and thus began the National Day.—   In this encounter, where as Schoenstatt Youth from Mexico, we lived and experienced workshops, activities, and we celebrated the Eucharist together. ItRead More
USA, Zachary Larson • It is hard to believe that 600+ pilgrims trek eleven miles one day every year in Austin, Texas. Every Good Friday, however, Austin Catholics walk from St. Mary’s Cathedral to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt and honor Christ’s death on the cross. As my friend Cody and I directed the crowd along the Capital of Texas Highway on the 9th annual Good Friday Pilgrimage, I considered the impact this event makes on my hometown.— Friday, April 19th, the streets of Austin became theRead More