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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
From Fr Stefan Keller, Chairman of the Fifth General Congress, and Fr Heinz-Martin Zipfel, Chairman of the Election Commission • Dr. Christian Löhr was elected the new Rector General of the priests’ community at the Fifth General Congress of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests taking place in the priests’ house on Berg Moriah, Schoenstatt, Germany. Helmut Rügamer was elected General Course Leader. Further elected members of the General Government are the General Consulters: Dr. Francisco A. Jimenez, Stefan Keller and Dr. Denis Ndikumana. The new General Council: Helmut Rügamer,Read More
By Msgr Peter Wolf, DD • Today, the 23 July, twenty years will have passed since Pope John Paul II beatified Karl Leisner in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. I was present and can recall how at the beginning of the Mass the Bishop of Munster, obviously departing from the planned programme, introduced Karl with enthusiastic and engaging words. In his sermon the Holy Father quoted from Karl’s diary and spoke about his relationship to Schoenstatt. He said, “Even before he was imprisoned in Dachau he had developed deep devotionRead More
By Fr. Oscar Iván Saldivar • At the close of the Easter season, the Church invites us to reflect on the “ascension” of the Lord, the Resurrected Christ, into Heaven. What does the Ascension of the Lord mean? What are we celebrating? Every Sunday we recite in the Creed: “I believe in Jesus Christ…and ascended into heaven where he is seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty.” In this Mass we celebrate the “ascension,” the Resurrected Jesus rising up into heaven. But do we understand what we areRead More
By Maria Fischer • The General Congress of the Schoenstatt Institute of Diocesan Priests begins on Saturday, 15 January, at the Priests’ House on Mount Moriah, Schoenstatt. A total of 36 priests from eight provinces will gather until the 30 January and then they will have a second gathering on 14-28 August. Delegates from the Province of Burundi, founded in 2015, who now have the right to vote, will attend for the first time. Other news: two members from the Philippines Institute have been invited to the Congress as observers;Read More