Missions Tag

BOLIVIA, Alexandra Kempff • I could write an article every day on the emotions experienced in preparation for the construction of the Santa Cruz Shrine. From the euphoria and confidence that everything is possible, to the overwhelming doubt of whether we will be able to afford all the projected expenses. In between, a lot of meditation and prayer, listening to Divine Providence, and trying to avoid the confusion caused by our own voices. — Something that at the time simply seemed a curious fact In 2016, while visiting San JoséRead 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 E. Larson • Austin CARITAS is a 5-day Schoenstatt mission trip hosted yearly in Austin, Texas. The mission began in 2013, inviting university students to serve their city. Missionaries volunteer with charitable organizations during the day, and receive spiritual formation in the evenings, building community throughout the week. Thomas Quintero and Alexander Chunda, of the Life Group “Knights of Our Queen,” led CARITAS 2019. Zachary Larson interviewed them and provides their testimony below.— The Impact of World Youth Day “CARITAS is a mission in Austin TEXAS, inspired byRead More
ARGENTINA, Facundo Gauto (via schoenstatt.org.ar) • On December 26th after a farewell Mass at Carmen Arriola de Marín School, 220 missionaries left from Buenos Aires for Balcarce and its surroundings accompanied by Fr. Manuel López Naón, Fr. Tomás Dell’ Oca, seminarian Juan Molina, and Sr. Rafaela.— A motto in our hearts became action: “I am here because you have called me.” We were seven communities in total, three remained in Balcarce (they stayed in the gardens, but they carried out their activities at San Cayetano, María Auxiliadora and María LujánRead More
COSTA RICA, Rafael and Jessica Pérez de Araya/Michelle Ramírez • Mission Monterrey 2018: Every new activity generates fear, uncertainty, and internal questioning about not knowing what God wants of us and what his will is. However, this never diminished our desire to serve him.— We eagerly prepared spiritually for this important task from the moment we received the first call last February. Despite this, in the days prior to the start of the mission, things crossed our path that frustrated our ability to participate. However, we never lost the eagernessRead More
CUBA, Fr. Jorge Andrés Rubido Rosas • Just like a year ago, this summer, missionaries from the Schoenstatt Movement in Spain have come to the parish. Five girls on fire with love for Christ and the Blessed Mother have gladdened us with the testimony of their lives.— The mission experience was in Los Arabos, a town on the far east of Matanzas province, Cuba. In the mornings we went out to the streets to visit the sick and to invite the children to the children’s workshop. During the first weekRead More
PARAGUAY, Tania Bobadilla • I am a Rosary Campaign missionary, and I coordinate the Schoenstattt Youth Ministry in Horqueta north of Asuncion, Paraguay. On 18 July, the Campaign’s first mission began in Fulgencio Yegros, 850 km from my city. This mission included other youths and some couples, all from the Rosary Campaign, going house to house, taking Mary and her Son Jesus. — We gave our all in each home Thanks to the Mother and Queen, I had the desire to enkindle other needy hearts. This mission was a greatRead More
COSTA RICA, Gaby Yglesias de Tous • This year I listened to my teenaged daughter whose desire it was to take the Pilgrim Mother on mission. She had had the opportunity to attend Holy Week in Guanacaste, and she loved it. To me…it seemed like knocking on strangers’ doors and invading their lives was an uncomfortable activity. But that was nothing further from the reality! — First I prepared myself with a very interesting talk about Joao Pozzobon’s great legacy; he began the Campaign in 1950 when he felt the BlessedRead More
PARAGUAY, www.fides.org and editorial team • From Tuesday of Holy Week until Easter, an army of 1,300 missionaries between the ages of 18 – 33 will invade a juvenile detention center and 13 rural areas in Paraguay with the objective of announcing the Good News to approximately 20,000 youths and adults that have little possibility of hearing it. “The missionary youths’ faith is solid, and many of them end by keeping their commitment to the Church throughout the time,” Fr. Pedro Kühlcke, ecclesiastical adviser to University Catholic Missions, noted toRead More
ARGENTINA, Fr. Esteban Casquero • The Schoenstatt University Mission “Kairos Patris 2018” was carried out 21-28 January in Saldungaray, a small town within the Coarca de Sierra de la Ventana region in the Archdiocese of Bahía Blanca. — Three years ago, we began the re-founding of the Boys’ Youth and the Girls’ Youth in the Cathedral of Bahía Blanca. Slowly youths joined that wanted to give their hearts to the Blessed Mother in the Covenant of Love. During the week, the youths met in the Cathedral’s halls, and they hadRead More