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Fr. Diogo Barata on behalf of the Schoenstatt Fathers of Spain | Letter to the Schoenstatt Movement of Spain • The Schoenstatt Fathers from Spain want to share with you a first reflection on the news that have appeared in the last few hours. It is an investigation of recently declassified historical files that have brought to light accusations of alleged abuses by our founder. Father Joseph Kentenich – as we all know him – was removed from his work as a result of an apostolic visitation in the earlyRead 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
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
INDIA, P. Pablo Pol/Maria Fischer • They are the first new deacons of the Schoenstatt Fathers in 2020. On January 16, 2020, Monsignor Udumala Bala Showreddy, Bishop of Warangal, India, ordained 12 seminarians of the Schoenstatt Fathers Secular Institute as deacons. — Father Juan Pablo Catoggio, Superior General, and Father Pablo Pol, general ecclesiastical administrator of the Institute, and rector of the Original Shrine in Schoenstatt were also present. Of the 12 new deacons on the way to the priesthood, eight come from the state of Kerala, and four areRead More
ARGENTINA, Silvia Sibay • The Schoenstatt Family from Tucumán was looking forward to November 9th – and with good reason! In the afternoon, the first Schoenstatt Father from Tucumán was ordained as a priest. — It was with great joy that we saw the Fathers arrive from the other dioceses who would accompany this event, some of whom are very close to us, and above all Bishop Francisco Pistilli, Bishop of the Diocese of Encarnación, Paraguay, who would consecrate us. The Schoenstatt Fathers who live and work in Tucumán hadRead More
ARGENTINA/PARAGUAY, Rocío Galo • For the Schoenstatt Family of Chaco, Argentina, witnessing the reception of the Sion tunic by the Schoenstatt Fathers’ novices, who began their way of formation toward the priesthood of Christ, was an immense gift.— On Saturday, July 6th, in Santa Maria de la Trinidad Church, at Tupãrenda, Ypacaraí, at Paraguay’s National Schoenstatt Shrine, the Mass that took place was very special and touching for those who had the privilege of meeting a young man from Chaco, Juan Cruz Colombo, who felt the call and gave hisRead More
PARAGUAY, Novitiate of the Schoenstatt Fathers • With joy, the Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers invites you to participate in the Reception of Sion Alb on Saturday, 6 July 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Santa Maria de la Trinidad Church at the Tupãrenda, Ypacaraí, Paraguay, Schoenstatt Shrine. In this Eucharistic celebration, the novices will receive their Sion Alb as a sign of belonging to our community. — The current novitiate course began on March with the celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph.  The Master of Novices is Father PabloRead More
NIGERIA, Okpala Michael I. • The priesthood is a gift from God to the Church and the world. Through the ministry of the priesthood, the sacrifice of Christ, and Christ himself, is made present in the sacred Body and Blood of Christ, God meets humanity in its utter miserableness, and, humanity is drawn up into the mercy of God. Heaven thus meets earth, and, earth is led heavenwards. This is the ministry that our four brothers have undertaken today. — Anointed with the Holy Spirit On this day, 25 MayRead More
NIGERIA, Agaptus Ihediuba /Maria Fischer • The Schoenstatt Movement in Nigeria is young and small – but very apostolic. Students of the Schoenstatt Fathers visited a prison, Schoenstatt Youth reached out to an orphanage, and spiritual offers for young people were but a few of the apostolic works serving people in this West African country.— January 18th was a special Covenant Day. As the International Schoenstatt Youth gathered in Costa Rica in preparation for World Youth Day, all of the students of the Schoenstatt Fathers, together with the Rector, Fr.Read More