Memhölz Tag

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
GERMANY, Maria Fischer • He should have taken a selfie. However, even without one we can vividly imagine the face of the general manager who had set out earlier than usual for work – that day important potential investors were due – and suddenly came to a stop in front of a ladder. Right at the top — no, not one of the janitors, but the personnel manager with an electric light bulb in hand. To his perplexed question: “What are you doing up there?” he received the answer fromRead More
GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, Melanie und Ulrich Grauert • The IKAF (International Kentenich Academy for Executives), together with P. Michael Hagan (ISch), is offering a silent retreat for executives from 01 – 05 December 2019 for the second time. The venue will be the Schoenstatt Center Memhölz in the Allgäu region of Germany, which invites you to breathe deeply with its landscape and location.— One participant in the pilot project last year still enthuses today: “What particularly appealed to me last time was the experience of simply being able to dive into silence.Read 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/SWITZERLAND, Helmut Kirschner • “What does God want me to say?” There is often not enough time in everyday life to set ourselves apart with this question. The International Kentenich Academy for Leaders (IKAF) has therefore invited – for the first time this year – under the title “Just breathe” to a silent religious retreat for leaders at the Schoenstatt Center on the mountain in Memhoelz in the Allgaeu region.— It started on the 1st Sunday of Advent and ended on the day of St. Nicholas – a very specialRead 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
PARAGUAY, Sonia and José Zaracho • After a great deal of contemplating as to how we could weave together some lines about everything that she has taught us, transmitted, and shown us about our Father and Founder… today, almost a month since her visit, I can transcribe what Maria Fischer’s visit, on 13 March, meant to the Diocese of Encarnación. For the third consecutive year, her visits to our country have now become customary; Maria enters Paraguay at the same place, Posadas, Argentina, the place from which our Father andRead More
Germany, Regina und Matthias Hagmann • Six couples each sat at their own table. Soft music was playing in the background. An empty picture frame laid in front of them. There was a long table next to them with craft materials, papers, colors, fabrics…Together they thought about how they would implement and shape an image that accompanied them through the following days for their marriage. At the end of the retreat, these images stood on the altar in the Shrine, and it was palatable that the couples were on theRead More
GERMANY, from Martin Schiffl • The communications lecturers of the Academy for Family Pedagogy met last weekend in Memholz. This was the summer meeting, which has meanwhile become a tradition, and has been taking place for fifteen years. What began as a small group with representatives from Germany and Austria has grown to become an international meeting with communications lecturers from Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Spain, Hungary, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Although it was not possible for everyone to be there, it was nevertheless a large, multi-language groupRead More
GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, Melanie and Ulrich Grauert • The mission statement of the IKAF (International Kentenich Academy for Leaders) states, among other things, “Genuine love of God, which should burn within us, gives us a new vision, a new understanding …” This “new understanding” shone out in a special way during the IKAF weekend at the beginning of March in Memholz, Germany. Based on very different actual situations we could clearly feel that as a team – in the plenary sessions – we could strengthen and enrich each other through the charismsRead More