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GERMANY, Dietmar Herrmann • Tomorrow’s pastoral care is full of points of tension: Proximity and distance, power as a person and power in function, vulnerability, spiritual power and managerial power, secularity and religiosity, faith in life itself and faith in a personal God of life. During the first week of September 2021, 25 priests from the four Schoenstatt priestly communities met at the Marienau Priests’ and Guests’ House in Schoenstatt to explore. — As an introduction, Schoenstatt Father Hans-Martin Samietz gave insight into the role of the educator/pastor as seenRead More
Ordination Burundi Congo

Posted On 11.04.2021In Covenant Life

Ordination in Burundi

CONGO/BURUNDI, Fr. Charles Ozioko/mf • April 11, Sunday of Mercy, was a feast for the Schoenstatt Fathers and the entire Schoenstatt Family of Burundi and Congo. Two Schoenstatt Fathers from Congo were ordained priests, and one seminarian from Burundi was ordained deacon in Mont Sion Gikungu in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. — In four languages – Kirundi, Kiswahili, French, and English – the community of the Schoenstatt Fathers invited to join the priestly ordination of Fr Emmanuel Kahawi, and Fr. Christian Murhabale, both from the diocese of Bukavu, Congo,Read More
Interview of Father Juan Pablo Catoggio, General Superior of the Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers (part 1/3) • For the 50-year jubilee of the Sion Shrine in Schoenstatt and as tribute to our Schoenstatt Fathers, editors and columnists of Schoenstatt.org (Eduardo Shelley, Monina Crivelli, Paz Leiva, Ignacio Serrano, and Juan Zaforas) wrote the following questions for Father Juan Pablo Catoggio, who is the Argentine Superior General of the Schoenstatt Fathers since 2015. Today we publish the first of three parts of this long interview. —     » I thankRead More
BURUNDI, Maria Fischer with Material from https://www.peres-schoenstatt.org • July 18, 2020, Covenant Day, in front of the Shrine of the Schoenstatt Fathers in Switzerland. A breathtaking view of Lake Lucerne. But we are talking about Africa, because we are standing here with two Swiss Africa veterans, Father Zingg and Father Barmettler, and we share their joy at the ordination of three Schoenstatt Fathers on this day, in Burundi. And they recount to us…— The Schoenstatt Family and the pilgrims who belong to the Shrine of Mount Sion Gikungu in Bujumbura hadRead More
P. Alberto Eronti, Argentina • What has come forth in the Family as a result of the article that appeared in the German newspaper, Die Tagespost, written by Dr. A. von Teuffenbach, and confirming the repercussions that have taken place in the Schoenstatt Family, leads me to write these lines.  — I had the grace of knowing Father Kentenich personally. His person, his capacity of acceptance, his simple luminosity and his deep spirituality, impacted and still impacts my life today. As I got to know him more and deepened inRead More
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
GERMANY, Press Release Gedenkstättenseelsorge Dachau• The Protestant Churches of Bavaria and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising  marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp with an ecumenical service of remembrance on the 27th April 2020. This took place in the Protestant Church of Reconciliation, built on the actual location of the former prisoner camp site, a short distance from the crematorium. The video recording of this service is made available on April 29, 2020,  the 75th anniversary of the liberation of  the concentration campRead More
ARGENTINA, Claudia Echenique • “What work did you just do, and what did Jesus say to you? He found you at your table, with your nets, in your things. To your surprise and the surprise of many, his voice resounded in your soul: “Pancho, follow me; and here you are,” said Bishop Francisco Pistilli of Encarnación in the homily for the ordination of Francisco Maria Bosch on Saturday, November 23, 2019 in Nuevo Schoenstatt, Florencio Varela.  — The Church of God the Father in Nuevo Schoenstatt was filled to theRead More
PERU, Adriana Cáceres • The Schoenstatt Family from Trujillo, Peru joyfully experienced several activities for priests and seminarians held during the final days of December and the first days of 2019. — A retreat for the members of the Institute of Diocesan priests from Peru took place in the Shrine of Loyalty from 26-29 December 2018. Fr. Christian Löhr, Superior of the Institute of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests from Germany, led the retreat. Bishop Reinaldo Nann, the current Bishop of the Prelature of Caravelí, Frs. Edgar Merel, Javier Cisneros, Oswaldo PerlecheRead More
Juan María Molina, Schoenstatt Fathers seminarian • In August, I returned to Chile with a question: what will continuing on the journey to the priesthood be like under these circumstances? It is clear that the reality of the Church in the world is not the best, but it is something altogether very different to be studying and living in the center of the storm… The first half of 2018 had me living in Germany at our community’s central house for a time of prayer and study. My seventh year ofRead More