Shrine Tag

BOLIVIA, Alexandra Kempff • I could write an article every day on the emotions experienced in preparation for the construction of the Santa Cruz Shrine. From the euphoria and confidence that everything is possible, to the overwhelming doubt of whether we will be able to afford all the projected expenses. In between, a lot of meditation and prayer, listening to Divine Providence, and trying to avoid the confusion caused by our own voices. — Something that at the time simply seemed a curious fact In 2016, while visiting San JoséRead More
COSTA RICA, Catalina Hutt Cabezas/Ana Prieto • It was 3:30 p.m. when a small van with a group of sisters from the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), an international Salesian religious congregation, arrived at the shrine. Their main objective, together with the Salesians of Don Bosco, is the integral formation of young people. A member of their order, Maria Romero Meneses (Q.E.P.D.), a Nicaraguan Salesian religious, was beatified by John Paul II and is in the process of canonization. — I was waiting for them,Read More
ARGENTINA, Rocío Galo and Griselda Pereyra • Since April 2017, we had signed and made a loan effective for the use and potential purchase of the Dehonian Fathers’ former minor seminary property and facilities in Resistencia. Due to the fact that no agreement was reached to reduce the quoted sale price, and due to the impossibility of renewing the loan signed with the Dehonian Fathers until 31 March 2019, the Resistencia Family has begun a new stage of searching and conquering the greatly desired land for the Shrine. — RememberingRead More
ARGENTINA, Father Alberto Eronti • Twenty-five years ago, on Sunday, February 27th, 1994, the Shrine, Zion of the Father, was blessed in Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires.  Bishop Claudio Giménez Medina, then the auxiliary bishop of Asunción, Paraguay, blessed it.  After years of spiritual preparation, the Regional Schoenstatt Fathers had decided to build the Shrine, the source of grace, next to their Regional House. — For the blessing, Fathers were present from many countries:  Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Spain and Paraguay, also present were priests from the local diocese.   We hadRead More
BOLIVIA, Alexandra Kempff and Roberto Henestrosa • The history of the Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Bolivia Schoenstatt Family is a story that reflects how the Blessed Mother is capable of changing the greatest pain anyone can feel, into a transforming current nourished by giving of self and fidelity. — A light born out of sorrow More than twenty years ago, Claudio Bagnoli died in an accident.  He was Ruth and Enzo’s college-age son, and as a result of this tragedy, they founded the Schoenstatt Family in Santa Cruz.Read More
BRASIL, Renate Dekker and Mechthild Jahn • Last Sunday (03.03.2019), the first Holy Mass was celebrated in front of the Sisters of Mary’s house, where the altar for the future Santa Catarina Shrine will be located. This is also another surprise from God. Normally the Sunday Mass is celebrated in the afternoon in a tent on the large grounds of the Mother Thrice Admirable and Queen. But because it was so hot —and not many people were expected— the Mass was moved up to the Sisters’ House. When the priestRead More
COSTA RICA, Fr. José Luis Correa, Gonzalo Vega and Maria Fischer • G61, G62, G63, G64… The Schoenstatt Family Work in Costa Rica continues growing in the number of groups, the number of apostolic activities, and in depth.   As they say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida!   Life is good! — Two retreats took place at the same time on Saturday, March 2nd, at the Family of Hope Shrine in Costa Rica, and many people were blessed. The families of G44, “Forging Hope”, met for the Blessing of their Home Shrines.Read More
BRAZIL, Renate Dekker and Mechthild Jahn • Hoping, dreaming, waiting, trembling and more waiting: The time before you can start building a new shrine is long and challenging. Everyone who has recently dedicated a shrine knows this – the Schoenstatt Families in Costa Rica and Caieiras, Brazil – as well as those who are waiting, for example in San Luis, Corrientes and Resistencia in Argentina, Encarnación in Paraguay, or right now in the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil. We have had a plot for the first shrine in thisRead More
BRAZIL, by Roberto M. González • The idea for this article began almost a year ago with another approach, but in view of recent events, it will be a tribute to Manfred M. Worlitschek, a Schoenstatt Brother of Mary, who died on 30 January 2019. — Manfred’s life can be divided in two parts: The first half: his birth, studies, and entering the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary Secular Institute, and the second half, when practically beginning again from scratch, he freely decided and jointly with the community to leave hisRead More
WYD 2019/COSTA RICA, Michelle Ramírez y María Fischer • They got off the plane and went straight to Mass in the Shrine: On January 4 about 50 young people from Switzerland arrived at the “Family of Hope” Shrine in San José, Costa Rica, and were welcomed by the youth and the entire Costa Rican Schoenstatt family, with the characteristic joy and hospitality that hundreds of young people will experience in the coming days.— For a whole month, from 4 January to 5 February, about 100 German-speaking young people from SwitzerlandRead More