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P. Tiago
Portugal, editorial team • On the night of 6 January, still during the Christmas season, Fr. Tiago Frescata, a young Schoenstatt Father in Portugal who was ordained in 2004, passed away. He had recently worked in Chile. A few months ago, he learned that he was terminally ill (due to a brain tumor diagnosed in 2019) and returned to his native Portugal “to die.” — After his priestly ordination, he spent two years serving in Santiago de Chile and returned to Portugal in 2006. He became the director for theRead More
USA, Zachary E. Larson • Among all the major events occurring around the world, one happened rather quietly: the crowning moment of a vocation. Jeff Roedel, the first Schoenstatt Father to be ordained in the USA in 16 years, became a Roman Catholic Priest on June 6th, 2020. When Archbishop Listecki laid his hands on the Wisconsinite and conferred the Holy Spirit upon him, Jeff’s work of many years reached its peak. —   Some of Jeff’s friends journeyed from afar to accompany him. I and several other members ofRead More
 USA, Maria Fischer • Deacon Jeff Roedel will be ordained to the priesthood June 6, 2020. He comes from New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA,  and has been in formation with the Schoenstatt Fathers since January 2010.— Jeff Roedel recently finished his Theology degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in September 2019, and was ordained a deacon soon after, in October. Deacon Jeff arrived in November of last year to do his parish internship at St. Patrick’s Parish in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where he will continue to work during his firstRead 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
SPAIN, Juan Zaforas and Maria Fischer “We could stay in these common places, our clichés, but they do not touch the essence of our priesthood.  When do they become real?  When do they enter the hearts of those called?  When do they really enter your heart?” asked Fr. José María García in the homily during Fr. Eduardo Segura Bueno’s first Mass, on 4 November 2018, in Madrid’s Schoenstatt Shrine.  He was encouraging him and all to be “free and brave, faithful witnesses to serve others.” — The day after Fr.Read More
ROME/THE VATICAN, by Fr. Rolando Gilbert Montes de Oca Valero, member of the Federation of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests in Cuba, studying in Rome • The morning of 4 September 2016, in Rome, dawned differently.  There was a great movement of pilgrims towards St. Peter’s; they had come from all over the world.  Joyfully, I was able to recognize the Archbishop of Bujumbura, Burundi and many other Africans.  Flags from Australia and many European countries were waving.  I met Latin Americans from many nationalities that I was able to share with,Read More
SPAIN, Miguel Lasso de la Vega • On Monday, 7 December, a Mass was celebrated in Madrid’s Serrano Shrine for Fr. José María García’s 30 years of priesthood. Memories and expressions of gratitude were shared. Thirty years at the service of the Schoenstatt Family and the Church, thirty years since Fr. José María García Sepúlveda gave his yes to be Christ’s shepherd, placing himself unconditionally in Mary’s hands to be a loyal and faithful instrument. This is what was celebrated with him on Monday, 7 December, at Serrano Shrine, withRead More
VATICAN, VIS/M. Fischer • Contemplation, service, fraternity – three aspects of priestly life that Pope Francis proposed to the participants in the general chapter of the Schoenstatt Fathers. The new Superior General, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio – whom the Holy Fathers knows personally and very well from Buenos Aires – along with the members of the General Chapter were received in audience by the Holy Father, Pope Francis on Thursday 3 September. At the end of the meeting the Pope gave three recommendations to the Schoenstatt priests. “Firstly, accompany andRead More