Paraguay Tag

PARAGUAY, BEATIFICATION OF CHIQUITUNGA, Mirtita Etchegaray De Arias, Family Work• The act of walking through the street and seeing so many people was emotionally touching. In the beginning, it made one happy seeing lines upon lines of people waiting to enter, but anxiety began when sensing that there were now few spaces. When everything became worrisome, it sufficed to say “when we consider our own strength, all hope and trust waver…” so we resorted to our ally, to divine strength, prayer…praying to the Blessed Mother that we could enter. —Read More
PARAGUAY, BEAITIFICATION OF CHIQUITUNGA, Mariana Frutos, Mothers’ Branch • In a short while, Paraguay would have her first blessed, the venerable Carmelite, Servant of God, María Felicia de Jesús Sacramentado, also known as Chiquitunga. What should we do? How could we take part in this celebration? How could we miss this historic event? Why not be part of this gift from heaven? How could we miss the opportunity to celebrate holiness? — These questions motivated us and made us think of how we, as Schoenstatt Family, could connect and activelyRead More
PARAGUAY, Julio Giménez • Pablito Martínez’ priestly ordination was celebrated on 24 June 2018, in the church of Santa María de la Trinidad in Tupãrenda, while we were still experiencing the after-effects and emotions of Chiquitunga’s beatification – the first Paraguayan woman Blessed – that had taken place the day before. — A completely full stadium Just like during the soccer world championship in Russia the last few days where we saw multitudes, there was also a multitude at the stadium on Saturday, for the beatification of the holy ParaguayanRead More
PARAGUAY,  Blanca Lila Gómez de Gamarra, teacher • The school has really become my second home over the years, and I have done the best to provide a mother’s sheltering atmosphere for my students, to be a sister to my colleagues: in other words, to provide a family as Fr. Kentenich taught us.— I am Blanca Lila Gómez de Gamarra, an elementary school teacher from Silvio Pettirossi School in Luque. It is still hard to believe that it has been twenty-one years since I introduced myself to my first classroomRead More
PARAGUAY, Editorial team of Tupãrenda Magazine • Deacon Pablo Martinez has joyfully assumed his vocation, as he was ordained as a priest by Bishop Francisco Pistilli, bishop of Encarnación, in the Eucharist held in Holy Mary of the Trinity Church in Tupãrenda on Sunday, June 24th at 11:00 pm. Thinking about his emotions, that of his relatives and of the whole Movement, we wanted to get to know him better. —   “We are inspired to act by the example of all those priests, religious, and laity who devote themselvesRead More
PARAGUAY, Cristina Velázquez • For the past three years, the Schoenstatt Women’s Professional Branch has lived a “Church reaching out,” visiting prisoners in the “Good Shepherd” women’s prison in Asunción. Pope Francis is “responsible” for this daring outreach.— Toward the periphery – ten minutes from the shrine In 2015, the team was looking for an apostolate with high impact. Pope Francis’ words to the Schoenstatt Family during the Rome audience in 2014 still echoed within them, when he recommended not to remain “combing sheep,” instead go out to seek theRead More
PARAGUAY, Johnny and Sonia Zaracho • The news traveled in minutes via the southern Schoenstatt Movement of Encarnación’s communication networks, and all Paraguay’s and beyond: “With hearts bursting out of our chests, we officially announce that the city council has just unanimously approved the granting of a loan for the grounds for the Shrine of the South with the Schoenstatt Fathers.— The desires and dreams of all the faithful of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement in southern Paraguay of having a daughter shrine in the city of Encarnación, was enkindled thisRead More

Posted On 06.06.2018In Covenant Life

Stop or wreck

Maria Fischer • I remember traveling from Tupãrenda to Asunción last year, admiring my chauffer for driving in that crazy traffic and during a torrential downpour, which transformed the streets into rivers. He stopped at an intersection, and at that moment, I saw the gigantic poster with a message that was as clear and strong: Stop or have a wreck. — I remembered it while I was speaking with a group of executives a couple of days ago about how to conquer or re-conquer that fire in the heart, theRead 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
PARAGUAY, Leti and Martín Pereira • In John’s Gospel, our Lord Jesus Christ prays for his followers to be one, just as he and the Father are one. We, as the Paraguayan people and eminently Christian, seldom display a common unity. As the date draws near for Chiquitunga Guggiari’s beatification, she captivated all Paraguayans by traits— which are also our traits— her profound and simple faith. We found this unity Jesus prays for in her. — Artist Koki Ruiz’s work, in the preparation for the beatification ceremony, was the perfectRead More