Switzerland Tag

GERMANY/SWITZERLAND, Melanie and Ulrich Grauert • From the 27th of November to the 01st of December it was time again. Finally! Silent retreat for leaders with Fr. Michael Hagan of the Schoenstatt Fathers. The business year was slowly ending, the budgets for the coming year were more or less finalized, the forces were once again strained in the final spurt towards Christmas, and this short time out from Sunday evening to Thursday noon came just at the right time. — You could just about cut yourself out of the denselyRead More
BURUNDI, Maria Fischer with Material from https://www.peres-schoenstatt.org • July 18, 2020, Covenant Day, in front of the Shrine of the Schoenstatt Fathers in Switzerland. A breathtaking view of Lake Lucerne. But we are talking about Africa, because we are standing here with two Swiss Africa veterans, Father Zingg and Father Barmettler, and we share their joy at the ordination of three Schoenstatt Fathers on this day, in Burundi. And they recount to us…— The Schoenstatt Family and the pilgrims who belong to the Shrine of Mount Sion Gikungu in Bujumbura hadRead 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
SWITZERLAND/ITALY, Editors • How are things getting on with the “country rooms” in the International Schoenstatt Centre in Belmonte? Is there any progress? Has anyone seen a photo of one of these rooms for which we have sent pictures, crosses and other objects? – Questions that have arrived time and again with the editors of schoenstatt.org. Thanks to Brigitte Krompass, who is working at present as a volunteer in Belmonte, we have received information after a long pause – this time because of a youth group from Switzerland. The SwissRead More
GERMANY, Klemens M. Holländer • During this Holy Year of Mercy and as a Schoenstatt Brother of Mary, I decided to get on the road to Rome.  What made me undertake this project? Firstly, gratitude for everything accomplished in life and for my recuperation. What urged me to undertake this project?  Firstly, gratitude for everything I accomplished in life and my recuperation. In addition to this, I add a change in my professional life. These were the reasons to begin this pilgrimage and to follow Pope Francis’ call. Then, thereRead More
Fr. Egon M. Zillekens • At the decisive moment no one took a photo. It was good that that was so, because we had to look for and find a photo that possibly expressed better than any other what the decision-makers of the regional Priests’ Federation from Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and the Czech Republic had experienced in the afternoon of 25 October towards the end of their annual regional conference, and what the Priests’ Federation of this territory wants to do in the coming year. The photo shows our ProphetRead More
SWITZERLAND, Urban Gehrig • Last year most likely the majority of the Leitungsteamtreffen (LTT) (Leaders’ Gathering) members from the Swiss Family Branch asked themselves “Good, and now what do we do with it?”  In September 2015 under Maria Fischer’s direction, they worked vigorously and attentively on a communication concept for the Swiss Family Branch that included three questions and their answers: WHAT do I want to achieve?  To reinforce families WHO do I want to reach?  Christian families and couples who want to grow WHAT MESSAGE do we want toRead More
Maria Fischer • 18 August was a very special Covenant Day in the Belmonte International Shrine; it was very universal and very exciting.  Everything began on the eve of with a question from Fr. Rolando Montes, of the Schoenstatt Federation of Diocesan Priests from Cuba, who recently arrived in Rome. He began his post-graduate studies on 1 September; he hopes to finish with a thesis about Kentenich communication. “I am trying to check the Holy Mass schedule for the 18th in Belmonte.  I have not accomplished this.  Can you helpRead More
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
SWITZERLAND, Claudia Rohner • Eight couples and their children met on Sunday, 19 April 2015 for the third Family Day at Friedberg, Gossau. The theme this year was “Combining Family and Work Creatively – a new dimension”. It is a challenge for every married couple, so the couples were looking forward to the talk given by Melanie and Ulrich Grauert who had confronted themselves intensively with it. While the children were welcomed by the young baby sitter and went off to play, the individual participants introduced themselves briefly and relatedRead More