Schoenstatt Fathers Tag

SWITZERLAND, Claudia Baesa • A group of pilgrims from Geneva, Nyon and Lausanne gathered at the Cistercian Abbey of the Maigrauge, Fribourg, Switzerland on July 18th and 19th for a retreat preached by Fr. Edwin Germann from the Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers. The retreat’s theme was the discovery and deepening of the personal ideal. The days of reflection began with a Mass at the Shrine of Fribourg concelebrated by Fathers Edwin Germann and Hubert Vonlanthen. During the celebration one of the retreatants sealed his Covenant of Love with Mary.Read More
NIGERIA, by Father Juan Pablo Catoggio, Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers in Nigeria • Lately a new government has been elected, as the country has lived democratically for sixteen years. Before this election, the PDP –Popular Democratic Party– governed, however this time, it lost the election. Now a coalition –the APC, All Progressive Party, is governing. Everything, the elections, and the transition occurred through a clean democratic process. The outgoing president, Jonathan Goodluck, is a (non-Catholic) Christian, the new one, Muhammadu Buhari, is a Muslim. The great dramas of NigeriaRead More
PARAGUAY, Communication team of the Shrine of Tupãrenda/mda • On Sunday, 31 May, Father Antonio Cosp celebrated and Father Oscar Saldívar con-celebrated Holy Mass in Tupãrenda. It was the highlight of the month of May with many important events and especially on this 31st, which are mentioned below: 56 years of the Schoenstatt Movement’s founding in Paraguay. 44 years of the first Holy Mass Father Antonio, the current rector of the Schoenstatt National Shrine in Tupãrenda, celebrated. 30 years of the Rosary Campaign in Paraguay. Third milestone of Schoenstatt: theRead More
PARAGUAY, by Father José Pontes and the editorial team of “Tupãrenda” Magazine/ORG • Father José Pontes encouraged a small group of Schoenstatters that has traveled every two months for six years to Chaco,an indigenous community, 500 Km. from Asunción, with the desire of carrying out many projects in favor of these very needy brothers/sisters.  The initiative is called “Covenant Solidarity,” an expression created by the schoenstatt.org “Dreamteam” in 2012, and that goes out for the first time from this place to the great joy of the team. Gift for giftRead More
CHILE, Bellavista, by Juan Molina, Schoenstatt Fathers seminarian • On the morning of Saturday, April 25th, in Holy Spirit church of the Bellavista Shrine, deacons were ordained for the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers; they are: Felipe Antonio Pérez and Gonzalo Illianes Fuertes from Chile, Juan Andrés Le Vraux from Argentina, and Julio Rodrígues Afonso from Brazil. Bishop Pedro Ossandón presided at the ordination. Years in the waiting, at half-past ten in the morning, the procession began from the Province House to the church, which was beginning to fill. TwoRead More
ARGENTINA, Claudia Echenique. Every year, on the last Sunday in February, the Schoenstatt Family of Región Gran, Buenos Aires, has an appointment; it is on the calendar for coming together and beginning the activities:  the Feast of Zion.  The Fathers of the Region (Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Nigeria and Italy) conclude their annual meeting and have an Open House for the entire Family.  On this year’s occasion, there was also a farewell:  Bishop Francisco Piltilli celebrated his final Feast of Zion before assuming the position of Bishop of Encarnación, Paraguay.Read More