Sisters of Mary Tag

ITALY, Pamela Fabiano • On Sunday, 5 May, Sr Bernadete Maria Barbara Ganz (59), a member of the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, died in Bonn, Germany. – For the Italian Schoenstatt Family, particularly in Rome, the illness and death of Sr Bernadete caused great pain. Since 2017 she lived and worked in Rome as Superior of the house of the Sisters of Mary at the Cor Ecclesiae Shrine on the Via Aurelia Antica, where she served the Schoenstatt Family. We remember her joyful attitude to service,Read More

Posted On 07.08.2017In Covenant Life

75 Years …

GERMANY, Roberto M. González • Normally, great jubilees or birthday celebrations are always something big and filled with joy.  This year has not been the exception as we get to celebrate the birth of twins born in an unexpected place, in “the city of death, of madmen and slaves,” (Fr. J.K.) hell on earth, the 1942 summer of hunger – Dachau Concentration Camp. We speak of the founding commemoration of the Family Institutes and the Brothers of Mary. These twins were born only two hours apart, in a very complicatedRead More
GERMANY, Sabine Merdes and María Fischer • “Dietershausen is facing its most sorrowful time since many decades – this coming Sunday the first Sisters of Mary will be leaving and the whole village is shocked. … Now it is certain and you can read it in the local newspapers…” That was the initial reaction at the beginning of October when the news reached the media and the Schoenstatt Family in the diocese of Fulda. As a result of combining provinces, the current provincial centre of the Schoenstatt Sisters of MaryRead More

Posted On 18.10.2015In Covenant Life

God’s Surprises

BRAZIL, Mechthild Jahn and Renate Dekker • The Blessed Mother is loyal. Just as she followed our Father into exile in Milwaukee, so she has remained faithful to us. She has chosen a little place just in our parish of St John the Evangelist in Biguaçu, in Florianopolis. Already during our visit to Germany we heard that a shrine was to be built in the province of Santa Catarina, but no one knew where. Through telephone calls and a search on Google Maps we discovered the place. Once we arrivedRead More
BRAZIL, Karen Bueno in maeperegrina.org.br • A square with a Father’s name, or better put, a Father and Founder’s. Londrina/PR recently inaugurated grounds named Fr. Joseph Kentenich Square. In the Gleba Fazenda Palhano neighborhood, at the intersection of Zuinglio and Martin Luther Street now bears the name of Schoenstatt’s Founder. Alderman Rony dos Santos Alves introduced city ordinance number 12.261 because, according to him, “The first and simple reason is the square is next to the Mater Ter Admirabilis Training Center, and above all, for all the work that Fr.Read More
Around the Original Shrine, Inés Lagos • “Sister, do you have girls?” Many people who live in Vallendar or its surrounding areas and who know Schoenstatt Zeit (Time in Schoenstatt) ask this question. This “Time in Schoenstatt” gathers girls from the youths of different countries for two months in which we work in the Sisters’ different houses, and we visit the most significant places in the Movement’s history. But above all, it was about a “time for Schoenstatt”: to live Schoenstatt, to allow ourselves to be sheltered by the BlessedRead More