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Today, September 15, 2022, the liturgical calendar invites us to the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. One day after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we also think of her who stood beneath the cross and in John received all of us as her spiritual children. Today, the Schoenstatt Family also commemorates the death of Father Joseph Kentenich (1885-1968), father and founder of the Schoenstatt Work. His life’s charism was to proclaim the two-in-oneness of Jesus and Mary which is especially prominent on Golgotha.
The process for the beatification and canonization of Father Kentenich was opened on February 10, 1975, in Trier, Germany. Of his published and unpublished writings (letters, notes of presentations, personal writings, etc.), which comprise almost 100,000 pages, about 32,000 documents, have been catalogued. Research was carried out in 111 ecclesiastical and civil archives in different countries. About 200 people who knew Fr. Kentenich personally and worked with him were heard as witnesses. His “call of holiness” is widespread. People from over 90 countries have so far contacted Father Kentenich’s secretariat in Germany. Almost two million answers to prayer are documented.
On May 3, 2022, the Bishop of Trier, Stephan Ackermann, in whose diocese Schoenstatt is located, issued a communiqué in which he announced that he was suspending the diocesan beatification process for Father Kentenich. The suspension of Father Kentenich’s beatification process does not mean that the case is closed and over. “Suspension” in this context means that the bishop and those who act responsibly on his behalf are not actively advancing the process at this time.
Therefore, on the part of the Schoenstatt Family, the “call of holiness” of Fr. Kentenich can be spread as usual. The Church’s judgment on the holiness of Fr. Kentenich should not be prejudged.
What can we do? The Father Kentenich secretariat recommends the following:
- Prayers for a favorable process
- Living the charismas of Father Kentenich and proclaiming them
- Passing on to others informative materials and prayer texts
- Reporting testimonies, answers to petitions and intentions to: JKSecretariat@schsrsmary.org
- Financial support through donations
Gratefully remembering you in the Confidentia Shrine,
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary
Desde el Santuario lidera … Lazos con María
Somos una familia mexicana establecidos al Norte de Houston, lejos de nuestro país, tratando de adaptarnos a nuestra nueva vida y cultura, tuvimos la suerte de educar a nuestros 3 hijos: Pamela 27, Josemiguel 23, Cynthia 21 años con la ayuda de nuestra Mater Tres Veces Admirable de Schoenstatt hace más de 15 años; siendo invitados al Movimiento en el año 2007.
En aquel tiempo tuvimos la fortuna que la Hermana Mara Medina y el Padre Patricio Rodriguez trabajando muy duro para coordinar los grupos de Houston se dieron un tiempo para formar un grupo de niñas y otro de niños para educarlos los sábados una vez al mes, esto enriqueció mucho la educación de nuestros hijos para integrarlos al Movimiento de Schoenstatt que estábamos viviendo.
En abril 08 del 2017, en el Santuario de la Confianza en Lamar, Tex., sellamos nuestra Alianza de Amor Matrimonial a cargo del Padre Raimundo Costa, acompañados de nuestro grupo “Fortaleza de Maria”.
El significado de nuestra Alianza nos llevó a descubrir un momento único, real, tomados de las manos dimos el SI a nuestra Madre Santísima en el Altar. Ese fin de semana fue clave, nuestra Fe estaba expuesta abierta al corazón de María y sentimos la transformación que nuestras vidas dieron en todos los aspectos, eso nos llevó a volver el siguiente fin de semana a Lamar, Tex., hospedándonos en el Centro, pero ahora acompañados por nuestros 3 hijos.
El mismo año nos fuimos preparando y conquistando cada símbolo para la bendición de nuestro Santuario Hogar, los símbolos con los que ofrecimos nuestro Capital de Gracias fueron los siguientes: Pam: Espíritu Santo, Josémiguel: San José, Cynthia: Corona, Miguel: Cruz, Nancy: Lampara o vela, tomando conciencia de la importancia de cada uno de ellos.
Se llego el día tan esperado el 28 de octubre, un día hermoso de otoño listos para la Ceremonia y bendición precedida por el Padre Raimundo Costa., nuestro Santuario Hogar “Lazos con María” se estableció y ella vino para quedarse. a través de nuestro Santuario Hogar confirmamos que el lugar lo escogió nuestra MTA y ella nos dio su cobijamiento, nos educa y nos da un camino de vivir para conquistar la entrega hacia el Padre.
La casa de Nancy y Miguel, nuestra “Casa” ya no solo es nuestra es de nuestra Madre que acepto unirse a nuestra vida y se transformó en un “Hogar” de acogimiento, donde nos conduce a cada miembro de la familia a refugiarnos por nuestras preocupaciones, relajarnos, reponer fuerzas y aprender a aceptar lo que la vida nos ofrece bueno o malo, con la bendición y Gracias recibidas de nuestra MTA.
El Santuario ha sido nuestra Fortaleza en tiempos muy difíciles y desesperados donde hemos experimentado con enfermedades inesperadas y desconocidas difícil de asimilar, hemos seguido en el Movimiento con algunas responsabilidades que gracias a eso pudimos sostenernos y fortalecernos como familia, creo que si no estuviéramos en el movimiento no hubiéramos podido salir adelante por tanto caos en nuestras vidas. Vimos como en esos momentos nos unimos aún mas como familia, tratando de buscar soluciones y nos aferramos y conectamos con la Cruz de la Unidad viviendo el sufrimiento, orando al Padre que hubiera una Esperanza y que aceptábamos que se ha hiciera su voluntad y no la nuestra!
Y así paso en el momento menos esperado después de seguir tratando nuestras metas, pasados 3 años en menos de 11 días se acomodó todo para programar una cirugía cerebral de alto riesgo para nuestro hijo Josemiguel, llegado el día con una espera eterna en el hospital, nos dieron la noticia que todo había salido bien, un Milagro de nuestra MTA y de nuestro fundador Padre Kentenich a quien le pedimos su intercesión y agradecemos infinitamente.
Otro de nuestros testimonios respecto al sufrimiento y dolor de perder a mi madre la Sra. Mary Silva, fue que mi corazón también se sentía muerto, nada me daba alivio o me hacía sentir mejor, ya no tenía lagrimas me embargaba la tristeza y una llamada del Padre Raimundo, me hizo reaccionar y sentirme feliz, aliviada al ver las gracias que Dios y nuestra Madre nos había enviado, el día que mi Madre muere fue el mismo día que nuestro Padre Fundador José Kentenich había muerto 15 de Septiembre y con la misma edad! fue la señal que necesitaba para aceptar la perdida de mi madre.
Creemos que el Movimiento, nuestro Padre Fundador, la Alianza de Amor y el Santuario Hogar han ido llenando nuestras vidas y vemos la confianza y Esperanza para vivir el “Nada sin Ti, Nada sin nosotros”.
Familia Cisneros Silva, Houston, Texas
Lead from the Shrine… Lazos con María (Bonded with Mary)
We are a Mexican family established north of Houston, far from our country, trying to adapt to our new life and culture. We were lucky enough to educate our 3 children, Pamela 27, Josemiguel 23, and Cynthia 21, with the help of our Mother Three Times Admirable of Schoenstatt. Our journey began more than 15 years ago in 2007 (delete comma) when we were (delete being) invited to the Movement.
At that time we were fortunate that Sister Mara Medina and Father Patricio Rodriguez were working very hard to coordinate the groups in Houston, and they took the time to form a Girls’ Group and a Boy’s Group. They met once a month on a Saturday. This enriched our children’s education and it helped them to integrate into the Schoenstatt Movement that we belonged to.
On April 08, 2017, we sealed our Covenant of Matrimonial? Love at the Confidentia Shrine in Lamar, Tx. presided by Father Raimundo Costa. We were accompanied by our group “Fortaleza de Maria”.
The meaning of our Covenant led us to discover a unique, real moment, holding hands we said YES to our Holy Mother at the altar. That weekend was key, our Faith was exposed open to the heart of Maria and we felt the transformation in all aspects of our lives, which led us to return to Lamar, TX the following weekend and we stayed at the Center accompanied by our 3 children.
The same year, 2017, we prepared and conquered the name and each symbol for the blessing of our Home Shrine: Lazos con María (Bonds with Medry), We offered our Capital of Graces for the following symbols: Pam: Holy Spirit, Josemiguel: Saint Joseph, Cynthia: Crown, Miguel: Cross, Nancy: Lamp or candle, and we became aware of the importance of each of them.
The long-awaited day arrived on October 28, it was a beautiful autumn day ready for the ceremony and blessing presided by Father Raimundo Costa. Our Home Shrine “Lazos con Maria” was established and she came to stay. Through our Home Shrine we confirm that the place was chosen by our MTA and she shelters, educates us and gives us a way of life to conquer and surrender to the Father.
Our “House”, Nancy and Miguel’s house, is no longer only ours, it is our Mother’s who agreed to join our life and became a foster “Home”, where she leads each member of the family to take refuge in our concerns, relax, regain strength and learn to accept what life offers us good or bad, with the blessings and graces received from our MTA.
The Shrine has been our Fortress in very difficult and desperate times where we have experienced unexpected and unknown diseases that are difficult to assimilate. We have continued in the Movement with some responsibilities and thanks to that we were able to sustain and strengthen ourselves as a family, I believe that if we did not belong to the movement, we would not have been able to get ahead because of all the chaos in our lives. We saw how in those moments we united even more as a family, trying to find solutions and clinging to and connecting with the Unity Cross enduring suffering, praying to the Father that there was hope, and we accepted that his will had been done and not ours!
And so it happened, at the least expected moment after continuing to try to achieve our goals, then after 3 years in less than 11 days, everything was arranged to schedule a high-risk brain surgery for our son Josemiguel. The day arrived with an eternal wait in the hospital, they gave us the news that everything had gone well. It was a miracle of our MTA and of our Father and Founder JK whom we had asked for intercession and we thank him infinitely.
Another of our testimonies regarding the suffering and pain of losing my mother, Mrs. Mary Silva, was that my heart also felt dead, nothing gave me relief or made me feel better, I no longer had tears, and I was overwhelmed by sadness. A call from Father Raimundo, made me react and feel happy, relieved to see the graces that God and our Mother had sent us. My Mother died on September 15th, the same day that our Founding Father Joseph Kentenich had died and they were the same age! It was the sign I needed to accept the loss of my mother.
We believe that the Movement, our father and founder, the covenant of love, and the Home Shrine have filled our lives and we experience the trust and hope to live:
“Nothing without You, Nothing without us”.
Having felt the sheltering and the transformation in our hearts during all these years, it can be said that it is difficult, we are not a perfect family we have a lot to work on but we try as a couple to take one step at a time even though daily life places many obstacles in various aspects of our lives; however, one of our joys as a couple is living and organizing some apostolates with our Schoenstatt family, such as the Family Mass (picnic) in the Houston area and this year the invitation to organize the Pilgrimage to Milwaukee, Wi.
Our longing as a couple was to visit the Milwaukee Shrine. Years ago, we told Father Raimundo Costa about our dreams, and he told us that’s beautiful but that we had to go on a Pilgrimage.
We planned everything since they gave us the date to visit the Center, and the big day arrived, on August 26, 2022. Our intention as pilgrims was to continue educating ourselves and knowing the historic places that our Father Founder visited and lived during the years of his exile.
Every morning we enjoyed Holy Mass in the International Shrine and in the chapel of the Provincial House with the beautiful voices of the sisters who preferred to sing quietly so as not to clash. We loved going to the House Chapel to join the Robin family for morning and night prayers. We visited the Shrine next to the Fr. J. Kentenich monument every morning and thanked the Blessed Mother for allowing us to come here.
Sister Maria Victoria prepared a wonderful itinerary for us. One of the first places we visited and had time to observe, touch and read, was the Father House at the Retreat Center. Likewise, meeting Sister Elizabeth who told us about her testimony and all the details that she lived with Father J. Kentenich, our admiration grew even more for Father’s love towards the people close to him.
Father’s close coexistence with the families was extraordinarily that of a Father of a family. We were very captivated by the testimony of the Villalon family, who were originally from Chile and who came to visit our father in Milwaukee on several occasions. We could see all the fruits that these visits brought forth, one of them, was their daughter, Sister Maria Victoria.
Another simply beautiful testimony was with Sister M. Eileen who invited us to visit the Movement House where Father Kentenich gave the Monday Night talks to the couples. Her experiences with Father were very emotional and we felt that it was Father Kentenich who spoke to us. A need to listen to Father Kentenich’s voice arose within us, which was presented to us on several occasions as a very special gift without being planned.
From there we went to one of our Founder’s favorite places, Calvary Cemetery. It was a special joy for us to tour the place where he walked and to see the bench where he sat to meditate and chat with those who visited him.
In Milwaukee, we of course visited the Exile Shrine built by the Pallottine Fathers in 1954 and saw the building where Father lived.
The Founder Shrine was the first shrine built in the USA in Madison, Wi. it is filled with spirituality and graces. There we undoubtedly experienced our Father and Founder’s presence with us. They were very emotional moments with a very beautiful dynamic that Sister Maria presented to us and with the blessing that we received with our Father’s voice. That day remained forever engraved in our hearts and we returned to Texas with a great desire to return with more families to share the unique experience which calls us to a New Beginning.
Nancy and Miguel Angel Cisneros, Apostolic Family League, Houston, Austin, TX
My sister Melba and I are the only ones living at home, but our home shrine becomes the liveliest when the immediate family (7 brothers & sisters, 16 nieces & nephews, 20 great nieces & nephews) and friends come to visit.
The most obvious symbol in the shrine is the crown on our MTA on which all 43 members of the Valdez family, as well as deceased grandparents, are represented. The other most important symbol, besides the jar for contributions to the capital of grace, is the scepter that represents our Mother Thrice Admirable reigning as queen of our household & family side by side with our king, Jesus Christ. The Sacred Heart of Jesus was enthroned in my home the same day prior to my home shrine dedication on October 26, 1991. We crowned the Mother Thrice Admirable in thanksgiving as Queen of Courage & Perseverance on February 18, 1989.
Women’s League, Corpus Christi, Texas
Greetings from the Confidentia Shrine,
Today, on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, we commemorate the day in 1968 when God called our father and founder, Father Kentenich, into eternity. We truly owe him much! Just imagine if he had not responded to God’s call to the priesthood and to make the covenant of love of the Blessed Mother on our behalf on October 18, 1914. What would have become of you and me without Schoenstatt and therefore Father Kentenich?
This year’s motto summons us to detect Divine Providence in our lives and to trust that, from the shrine, a new initiative of grace for our time permeates the whole world. In gratitude, we are invited to help promote Father Kentenich’s beatification. Among the many possibilities to do so, did you know that there are people around the world who are praying daily for F. Kentenich’s canonization? If you feel the call to join one of these silent prayer groups or want to know more, please contact Marcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-347-7575.
These are also the last weeks we spend with our motto Lead from the Shrine with Trust in Divine Providence and Charity to All! The annual delegates convention will take place October 8-10 in Waukesha and our new motto will be discerned. Please pray for this gathering and stay tuned for its results.
With Prayers from the Confidentia Shrine,
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary