Together for Europe Tag

FRANCE, Editors of schoenstatt.org, with material from AICA • In the early hours of 7 May 2019, the Canadian philosopher and theologian, Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities that serve people with disabilities and their families, died at the age of 90. — On his flight to Macedonia Pope Francis was informed about the death of Jean Vanier and prayed for him and the entire L’Arche community. After meeting Jean Vanier in March 2014, the Pope described him as “a man who smiles and encounters others”. Active and enthusiasticRead More
Maria Fischer • At the end of September Fr Dr Michael Joh. Marmann celebrated his eightieth birthday in Schoenstatt with many who had accompanied him on his path through life – as a Schoenstatt Father, as Leader of the Schoenstatt Movement in Germany when it entered into the covenant of love for our people, as well as the year when we commemorated Fr Kentenich’s hundredth birthday. He saw the re-unification of Germany (“God acts in our history”), and was Superior General of the Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers and ChairmanRead More
ITALY/ROME, Gian Francesco Romano • Among consolidated successes and new challenges on March 25, 2017, Europe celebrated sixty years of concrete commitment to achieve a united, peaceful and harmonious continent also in the diversity of its members.  To celebrate this milestone, and especially to entrust to God the future of the continent, today less clear than in the past, the members of numerous Christian Movements met again in Rome on the anniversary’s afternoon and had an international vigil of ecumenical prayer.  Schoenstatt also participated in the event and played aRead More
Together for Europe, Beatriz Lauenroth • The “European Adventure” officially began 60 years ago with the signing of the Treaties of Rome. On the 25th March 1957, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy and the Benelux Countries signed a series of contracts laying “the foundations of an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe“ (Preamble to the Treaty). Today once more, the focus will be on Rome. On the 25th March 2017, European Heads of State will meet in Rome to offer a sign of unity in the contextRead More
From Archbishop Emeritus Robert Zollitsch DD, Freiburg, Member of the Institute of Schoenstatt Diocesan Priests • When I watch the news about the wave of refugees and their camps in Greece on TV; when I read the press reports on the number of asylum seekers or even the arson attacks on homes for asylum seekers, I sometimes think: How would it be if I was one of them and had to experience personally what they are going through? So it is one of my greatest aims to make the peopleRead More
TOGETHER FOR EUROPE by Fr. Hans-Martin Samietz • We were surprised.  Eighty collaborators of the Schoenstatt Movement gathered on Sunday to celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at the Munich Schoenstatt Center.  Throughout the weekend, Christians kept the city of Munich in suspense with the congress and the “Together for Europe” rally. And Schoenstatt was in the middle of it Eighty-nine Schoenstatters had registered for the congress. Schoenstatt held the third place, according to the number of participants.  Moreover, it was estimated that there would be up to 120 Schoenstatters involvedRead More
GERMANY, By Bishop Michael Gerber, Auxiliary Bishop Freiburg • The last Eucharistic celebration in a chapel that will no longer be a chapel is a sad occasion.  However, this celebration had a totally unexpected angle… For more than sixty years, St. Pirmin’s Seminary in Sasbach, near Achern, Germany, served as a place where youths obtained their baccalaureates.  Approximately 160 of them were ordained as priests.  Schoenstatt Fathers Heinrich Walter, Franz Widmaier and many others were among them.  Inspired by Fr. Tillmann Beller who was in charge of the Schoenstatt Boys’Read More
TOGETHER FOR EUROPE – Impressions of the Ecumenical prayers on 2 July 2016 • In the morning of 2 July, the morning of the Rally at the Stachus, out in the open and surrounded by shopping, strolling, or telephoning pedestrians on their way to watch football, a participant at the Congress “Together for Europe” managed to visit all six churches within which Christians of very different confessions had gathered simultaneously for ecumenical prayer. It was the conclusion of the Congress and spiritual preparation for the rally. The other participants decidedRead More
TOGETHER FOR EUROPE – Impressions of the conclusion of the Congress on 1 July 2016 • While she was reading the Sacred Scriptures, Salomy thought of her experiences on this second day of the Congress “Together for Europe”. She had read an exciting story from the Old Testament, in this case, that of Elias who maintained that if you only pray ardently and trustingly enough to God for rain, this God would hear him and let it rain. … After a nerve-racking wait a tiny little cloud appeared on theRead More
TOGETHER FOR EUROPE – Impressions of 1 July 2016, morning • “That’s awesome that’s absolutely awesome!” Manuela Miller didn’t spend much time with the welcome. She and her husband, Peter, were collaborating in one of the nineteen forums on the first day of the Congress “Together for Europe”, but they didn’t have much to say about that. Their main concern was their experience of the openness for one another, the togetherness they had experienced from the first day of the congress in the countless people they met – old andRead More