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CHILE, Fr. Egon M. Zillekens, Fr. Alejandro Blanco, Maria Fischer • “If I am attached to Schoenstatt, I identify with all that pertains to Schoenstatt, and all that comes forth from Schoenstatt,” Fr. Kentenich said near the end of 1933, at a conference on the “mystery of Schoenstatt.” A few days ago in Schoenstatt – concretely in the Federation of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests in Chile – something very important has happened. And as an eloquent form of interaction, taken on the one hand by an open attitude, and on theRead More
ARGENTINA, Fr. José María Iturrería • We arrived! After six days and 150 km of pilgrimage, “Brochero’s mailmen” arrived at the Shrine of the Virgen del Tránsito and of Cura Brochero, where the remains of the Argentinean saint rest. “Brochero Road!…Following the footsteps of the Saint!” was the motto that resounded in shouts several times inside the church filled with people of all ages, all devoted to the Holy Priest. We had arrived, and we shared our joy with everyone who saw us, after the great physical effort and aRead More
NIGERIA, Michael Okpala, Schoenstatt Fathers’s student    •  10 December 2016 has providentially entered the annals of Nova Spes Sion course and the Nigerian Schoenstatt Fathers’ Community history. On this day, the five members of this course were ordained to the transitional diaconate. This ordination is a precursor to their priestly ordination, which is slated for 6 May 2017. In this year, the Nigerian Community will be celebrating twenty-five years of Schoenstatt’s presence in Nigeria. This same 2017 priestly ordination will bring the number of Nigerian Schoenstatt Fathers to twenty-five.Read More
Letter from Belmonte Dear Schoenstatt Family of Belmonte, Rome, There is not much news to relate since the last letter, but the few things that have happened have been very important to me. This concerns visitors which whom I could spend time and share their expectations of Belmonte. We were visited by members of the Focolare Movement, specifically women who live in a Focolare community nearby (sharing a life according to the Evangelical Counsels in keeping with the Focolare spirituality); a group of priests from Brazil who are studying inRead More
ITALY,  Fr. Rolando G. Montes de Oca Valero • Being a Pilgrim Mother missionary presupposes allowing her to choose the methods. I expected my brother, Marwan – a Maronite rite priest with whom I know at the University – would return the picture with more “solemnity”. She had visited him the previous week, accompanying him at an important time; he was grateful and was willing to “return the visit.” When he took the Pilgrim Mother books out of his backpack and placed them in my hands, along with a “ThankRead More
ARGENTINA, Fr. Alejandro O. Blanco Araujo • The Schoenstatt Federation of Diocesan Priests in Argentina (Padres del Plata- Plata Fathers) celebrated their Annual Regional Gathering. The Federation priests renewed their commitment to the Church of the New Shore in the Father and Founder’s true footsteps, and in profound communion with St. Cura José Gabriel Brochero, Argentinean priest canonized by Pope Francis on 16 October. Fr. Maximiliano Bartel was elected regional superior of the Fathers of Plata. Attached from a distance A course of the community celebrated their perpetual consecration duringRead More
CUBA, Bishop Wilfredo Pino Estévez • Fr. Roland Montes, a Schoenstatt Priest from the Diocese of Guantánamo-Baracoa, is currently studying in Rome and collaborates with schoenstatt.org. He sent us a report from his bishop about his visit to the parishes most affected by Hurricane Matthew. There were no deaths, thus, the media ignores the damages suffered in Cuba, where entire cities were destroyed and the people need food, water, clothes, everything. However, faith is not lacking… I truly do not know how to begin to describe what I experienced duringRead More
CUBA/INTERNATIONAL, Maria Fischer Over 850 dead in Haiti, eight in the Dominican Republic – the damage done by Hurricane Matthew cannot be measured as yet. Many places cannot be reached, because bridges have collapsed, landslides closed roads, and floods cut them off from the outside world. An initial assessment reckons with the destruction of twenty thousand homes. All this has happened to a country that hasn’t fully recovered from the severe earthquake of 2010 and is the poorest country of the American continent. Parts of eastern Cuba have been hitRead More
P. Alberto E. Eronti – Argentina • September!  September is a month that brings countless memories to our Schoenstatt Family.  Two significant dates, among others, are tied to the father of our Family:  September 13, 1965 and September 15, 1968.  The first marks the end of the exile and the second his death. I had the blessing of knowing our Father in 1966.  From then until his home going, I was able to see and hear him on different occasions.  What caught my attention from the first moment and capturedRead More
PARAGUAY, by Amín Ahmad SDB • My name is Amín; I am a religious, Salesian of Don Bosco.  I am 25 years old. Seven years ago, when I began my vocational road, at least once a month, I always went to the Shrine and prayed to the Blessed Mother for my vocation. Today in my religious life, I concretely feel the Blessed Mother’s closeness.  When something does not go well for me or I have a problem, and I do not have options for solving it, I place it inRead More