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The MTA was enthroned in Botkins, Ohio!

By Darla Dietz

Over 150 gathered in celebration on the evening of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.  We celebrated the Holy Mass and had the ceremony of enthronement of our Mother Thrice Admirable in Immaculate Conception Church in Botkins, Ohio!  It began with a beautiful procession of children carrying roses for our MTA. The wooden frame was hand made and the crown was designed  by Jeff and Deb Banks. The MTA was enthroned with the title: Mary, Mother of the New Evangelization. A nice reception was held downstairs after Holy Mass and the Enthronement. Special thanks to all for this special day in honor of our Mother and Queen.


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We are called to be missionaries of the covenant!

At the convention our MCs, Albert and Maru García, from Texas, reminded us that the face of Schoenstatt around the world is the apostolate of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother. That is so true! And, we are her missionaries! We carry her mission with us wherever we go, wherever we take her. As we gathered this weekend of the national convention, we welcomed representatives from over 15 states, from: Alabama, California ,  Florida ,  Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,  New York,  Ohio,  Oregon,  Texas,  Virginia, Washington state, Washington DC, and Wisconsin.

In the past three years, we had focused very strongly on the three graces from the shrine. Through them we have become aware of the importance of our continuous cooperation with God’s grace. This year, the theme of our convention took us a step further in our commitment with the apostolate as we said: Our Covenant for the Church. We prayed and we also sang it to a beautiful melody made by one of the Schoenstatt Sisters. The goal was to leave the Retreat Center with sufficient tools, guidelines, and material to introduce our pilgrims and missionaries to the covenant of love. Through us others may discover the richness of Schoenstatt’s message and spirituality.

When we look back to the convention weekend, we can say that the goal was accomplished.  We left the place knowing that we have been sent out as missionaries. On that account, we need to embrace our reality as people on a mission with the heart of a missionary. Many sacrifices are part and parcel of our common tasks. But, that fact should not keep us from daring to go there where we are needed.

Inspired by the words spoken in 2010 by Father Guillermo Carmona, Schoenstatt Father from Argentina, we pondered on the character of the missionary. This is the person who:

  • Takes the image of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt
  • from the Shrine and in union with it
  • to many people, especially families
  • so that through the rosary, the Covenant of Love, the information and the Catechesis which is received,
  • the Blessed Mother can act as the Great Missionary
  • for the renewal of families, the Church and the world.


First, we stressed and zoomed into the message of the covenant of love. What do we bring to our pilgrims? What do they need to embrace of the covenant of love? According to Father Joseph Kentenich, the founder of Schoenstatt, anyone who makes the covenant of love with the MTA only needs to embrace the Schoenstatt secret (cf. Conference 1951).  What does that mean?


We are called to believe in the

the local attachment and universal fruitfulness of our Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt.

In other words, we are called to believe that

the MTA dwells in and works from her shrine!

Therefore, we need to learn about the history of Schoenstatt. How else we will find out the process by which the MTA took possession of the shrine?


We are also called to believe in the unique

connection between Divine work of grace and free human co-operation.

Said differently, we should

Believe that God has wanted to bind the work of the MTA to our free human cooperation!


Therefore, it is important to learn about our practical faith in Divine Providence. Isn’t this how we, in Schoenstatt, highlight and bring to practical life the idea of collaborating with God’s plan for us?


Lastly, we saw how embracing the Schoenstatt secret is as simple as bringing contributions to the capital of grace. We can certainly talk to our pilgrims about it and teach them to bring their gifts of love to the Blessed Mother in the shrine or send them to the shrine. In this way, we

prove our love for the MTA through deeds, for the fruitfulness of Schoenstatt’s fountain of graces.


Of utmost importance is the idea of capturing our proofs of love in simple little things. They can range from a glance, to a small piece of paper with a note, a stone, a bean, or however we give expression to our contributions to the capital of grace. Through our work with the Pilgrim Mother we share the fire of the covenant of love with countless people, whether we speak of it or not. We simply bear that live bond in our hearts! Let us bring it to everyone as missionaries of the covenant!


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Pilgrim Mother Apostolate

Carol Mechler from Schoenstatt Illinois says,
” [In 2016], my husband and I attended the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign convention during which we crowned our Blessed Mother and her auxiliary shrines as “Queen of the Three Graces on the Move.”  I went home from the convention with the desire to share Mary’s picture of grace with my family and with my parish.  I wanted to share the experience of being surrounded by warmth and love, that God and the Blessed Mother are not ideas but persons who address me personally, who give content and meaning to my life.  I wanted to share with courage, confidence, and faithfulness the awareness of the presence of the Mother of God in the picture of grace so others could experience her blessings too, so she could bring her Son and the three pilgrimage graces of the shrine anew to our world.
The blessings and energy from the convention carried me and even affected others in helping to promote the Rosary Campaign’s Pilgrim Mother Apostolate.  My sister Chris and I experienced the Holy Spirit going ahead of us. We encountered hearts open to our MTA’s request to welcome her and her Son into their homes, even hearts resistant to Church and religious involvement.  As a result of our efforts supported by the Holy Spirit, our MTA and her covenant promises, and the stream of graces from the shrine, we started with four groups  of fifteen parish families and 5 family members. These families began to receive monthly visits.
We have a shrine for the individual visits.
In each family group, we have five families with one individual image that rotates among them, once a week. We invite them to sign up for receiving the image twelve times, that is once a month for a full week. They only have to commit for one year.
These monthly visits are accompanied by the Visit Notes meant to educate our people about Schoenstatt, the three graces of the shrine, and the apostolate of the Pilgrim Mother.  The first four months we focus on the grace of being at home and these are the topics of the reflection reading material: hospitality, prayer, faith in Divine Providence, and covenant spirituality. The next four months, we focus on the grace inner transformation: forming a new person, child likeness before God, education of our personality, and everyday sanctity. The last four visits, the people reflect on: Father Kentenich and John Pozzobon as models of apostolic fruitfulness, being an instrument in the hands of the MTA, the three pilgrimage graces from the shrine, and how we can be fruitful for the Church by serving and evangelizing.
As of 2017, we have expanded now into a second parish, where another group is receiving monthly visits of Mary’s picture of grace. We also want to support a new local pregnancy center in the process of extending our Blessed Mother’s visits. “

1) To give the Blessed Mother, our Pilgrim Mother Thrice Admirable, an opportunity to be Mother and Educator of the Domestic Church,
2) to share the richness of Schoenstatt’s Marian Spirituality,
3) to offer the reader opportunities to experience Schoenstatt spirituality with practical applications,
4) to allow the Blessed Mother opportunities to invite those she visits to enter into a Covenant of Love relationship with her.
5) Each Visit Note is meant to be teaching with a practical application that can be used for one month of spiritual striving.
1) Because the Pilgrim Mother Thrice Admirable brings Jesus and the Three Pilgrimage Graces of the Shrine to whomever she visits, she was crowned “Queen of the Three Graces on the Move” in 2016. Therefore, topics regarding the Three Pilgrimage Graces of the Shrine are discussed in the Visit notes so those receiving the Pilgrim Mother Shrine can better understand and benefit from these unique graces God has granted that the Blessed Mother should distribute from her Schoenstatt Shrines.
2) Because Schoenstatt’s Marian Spirituality is based on a Covenant of Love, the Covenant Promises of the Blessed Mother and her covenant Requests are discussed in the Visit Notes and experienced by those receiving the Pilgrim Mother Shrines.
3) Because the Blessed Mother is our Mother and Educator and Mother of the Domestic Church, she wishes to be invited into our lives and into our homes which she will transform (with our cooperation) into a shrine. Thus, topics on the Home Shrine are discussed in the Visit Notes and experienced by those receiving visits of the Pilgrim Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt.

Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt and Queen of the Three Graces on the Move, visit us your children. Walk among us, comfort us, care for us, and heal our hearts with motherly love. Bring Jesus into our homes our Domestic Church, into the homes of our dear ones who are sick, into our hospitals and nursing homes, everywhere where you and Jesus are needed. Distribute your Three Graces to warm our cold hearts, to renew us in our faith, and to deepen our personal love for Jesus your Son. With your Three Graces, educate us and form us into the New Persons in the New Community of which our father and founder, Father Joseph Kentenich, spoke about. Intercede for us that the wide halls of the holy Church be filed again to the praise and glory of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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The perspective of an attendee at the 2019 Rosary Campaign Convention!

“The weekend of June 27th to June 30th, took place at the International Retreat Center in Waukesha, for the 2019 Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign Convention. Our State of Florida was present with a small group of missionaries.

The reflection, testimonies, and group discussions were focused on the Covenant of Love as our contribution to the church. It was a gift to celebrate Saturday’s Eucharist in the basement of the St. Michael, the same place Father Kentenich celebrated with the German families.

As always, it was a joy walking with our MTA, praying the Rosary through the streets of Milwaukee, from St. Michael’s to the Exile Shrine.” -2019 attendee

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Power In My Hands Premiere

“Power In My Hands”  is a film that uncovers the beauty, timelessness and power of the rosary. Its primary purpose is to help viewers understand the power to revitalize America – a society in spiritual crisis, and instill an active response to the Blessed Mother’s plea for prayer. Hope through Jesus Christ is the ultimate goal of this film.

Throughout history, humanity has been urged to respond to great needs and spiritual crisis.  In modern times, this has been seen from the pleas of St. Pope John Paul II to Pope Benedict XVI to Pope Francis.  And the Mother of Jesus Christ has called upon humanity to respond as noted in various major approved apparitions.  We have only to look at the messages given at Fatima, Akita in Japan, Kibeho in Africa and most recently in San Nicholas in Argentina approved by the Church in 2016.

In Power In My Hands, prominent individuals and others will not only present the beauty and power of the rosary, but also share their personal witness to this power in one’s hands. Additionally, the film will feature unique stories of ordinary families and individuals from across America.  Here are a few from the cast of the film.

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Año del Padre Kentenich

Querida Familia de Schoenstatt,

La Presidencia Internacional les envía un cordial saludo desde Schoenstatt en este día de Pentecostés. En nuestro lugar de gracias y de origen imploramos para todos ustedes los dones del Espíritu en la fiesta del Espíritu Santo.

El próximo año celebramos los 50 años de la partida de nuestro Padre Fundador José Kentenich. Después de consultar a los representantes del movimiento de Schoenstatt en los distintos países, les proponemos un “Año del Padre Kentenich”, que empieza el 15 de septiembre de 2017 y culmina en el 50 aniversario de la Pascua del Padre el 15 de Septiembre de 2018.

A lo largo de este año pongamos a nuestro Fundador en el centro, su pensamiento y su mensaje, su biografía tan rica y fascinante, las respuestas que dio a los desafíos de la Iglesia y del mundo y que hoy quiere dar aún a través de nosotros. Este año nos da la oportunidad de profundizar el vínculo con nuestro Padre Fundador, para que su carisma reviva nuevamente en nosotros. Invitemos a muchas personas a conocer o a redescubrir al Padre José Kentenich como profeta de nuestro tiempo!

El santo Papa Juan Pablo II nos recordaba nuestra responsabilidad: “Ustedes están llamados a participar de la gracia que su fundador recibió y a ofrecerla a toda la Iglesia. Pues el carisma de los fundadores es una experiencia suscitada por el Espíritu, que es transmitida a sus discípulos, para que estos la vivan, la custodien, la profundicen y la desarrollen constantemente, en la comunión de la Iglesia y para bien de la Iglesia” (20.09.1985). 50 años después de su partida estamos llamados, como generación post-fundadora, a mantener vivo y actual su “espíritu fundacional”, y desde el fundamento que él mismo colocó a dar respuesta a los desafíos del presente, a ser “cofundadores” con él. Precisamente en nosotros y en nuestro servicio a la Iglesia y al mundo, en un “Schoenstatt en salida” ha de mostrarse la fecundidad del Padre Kentenich. Ese ha de ser nuestro testimonio de su santidad.

Invitamos a todos los miembros y amigos del movimiento de Schoenstatt a celebrar este Año del Padre Kentenich en los Santuarios de sus países e individualmente. Les sugerimos que se reúnan el 15 de septiembre de este año, 2017, y que unidos espiritualmente a toda la Familia de Schoenstatt en el mundo entero y a nuestro Padre y Fundador den apertura al Año del Padre Kentenich de la forma que sea más adecuada a cada lugar.

El sábado 15 de septiembre de 2018, como Familia de Schoenstatt, queremos decirle al Padre Kentenich en los diversos Santuarios y Catedrales donde celebremos: “Sí, aquí estamos! Vamos contigo!”. Y prometemos a la Iglesia colaborar con ella en su misión en el espíritu del Padre Kentenich.

En nombre de la Presidencia Internacional los saludo muy cordialmente desde el Santuario Original, unidos en la Alianza de Amor, su

P. Juan Pablo Catoggio

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A Year Dedicated to Father Kentenich

In 2018 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of our father and founder, Father Joseph Kentenich (1885-1968). We invite you to a Father Kentenich Year starting on September 15, 2017 and ending with the 50th anniversary of his passing away on September 15, 2018.

Let us focus on our father and founder for one year: on his thinking and message, on his interesting biography, and on the answers he has given to the challenges of the Church and the world [which he still] wants to give through us today. This year gives us the opportunity to deepen our relationship to Father Kentenich, so that his charism can be reawakened in us. Let us invite many people to meet Father Kentenich for the first time or to rediscover him as a prophet for our time (General Praesidium, Pentecost, 2017).

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Father Kentenich on the Holy Spirit, Words Spoken in 1965

“Let me reveal to you an important secret of holiness and happiness…” Make it your life-long resolution to withdraw for at least five minutes each day. During this time veil the images of your imagination and close the gates of your soul, especially the gates of your eyes and ears. Then look more deeply into your own heart and inner life, and recall anew that our hearts and souls are a temple of the Holy Spirit in the true sense of the word. Aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit, try to have a dialogue with him saying:


Holy Spirit,

you are the soul of my soul.

I humbly adore you.

Enlighten me, strengthen me,

guide me, comfort me.

Reveal your wishes to me

as far as this is in accordance

with the plan of the eternal God and Father.

Let me recognize what Eternal Love wants of me.

Let me recognize what I should do.

Let me recognize what I should suffer.

Let me recognize what I should quietly, humbly and thoughtfully accept, bear and endure.

Holy Spirit, let me recognize your will and the will of the Father because my whole life should be nothing but a continuous, an everlasting yes to the wishes, to the will of the eternal God and Father.


The maxim then adds: If you make an effort to do this, you will not only remain content and cheerful but also happy even in the most difficult situations and moments of suffering. Rest assured that the measure of your trials also determines the measure of grace which the Holy Spirit will bestow on you. If you so stand one test after another in your life, one day you will stand before the gates of eternity, filled with innumerable merits. You see, surrender to the Holy Spirit is the way to true holiness.

Why do I quote this prayer and maxim just today? We understand why. I hardly dare advise you to withdraw for five minutes each day and have a conversation with the Holy Spirit, a dialogue with the Holy Spirit, with the Father, and the Son. But I think I may ask you to follow this advice at least today on Pentecost.


Come, Holy Spirit, come

And from your celestial home

Shed a ray of light divine!…


We should do two things today. Perhaps I ought first to explain what this maxim implies and then ask ourselves how we should apply it in practice. Let us reflect on two statements. What are they?


  1. Our soul is a temple of the Holy Spirit.


  1. The Holy Spirit is the soul of my soul.


My soul is a temple of the Holy Spirit; that is to say, my soul and with my soul the whole person is consecrated to the Holy Spirit who dwells within. This is intelligible only in the light of faith.

Let us ask St. Paul who is our interpreter of old. He says: “Do not stifle the Spirit… and avoid any semblance of evil” (1 Thes 5:19-22).  And a second quotation: “Do nothing to sadden the Holy Spirit” (Eph 4:30). What does this mean? When do we sadden him? We sadden him when we forget him and do not think of him, when we fail to seek him (Father J. Kentenich, Excerpt from a sermon given in St. Michael’s Parish, Milwaukee, June 6, 1965).

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In a Few Days our Journey Begins

In a few days our convention begins, 

our missionaries from more than 13 states will begin to arrive, and new doors will open for us to discover how to be instruments of God in these times.

Our main goal is to evangelize the world, that is, to bring Christ and His message to others! We do so by bringing the picture of Jesus and Mary. In this way, we make him known. The graces from the shrine secure this experience for us and for others. We see how our apostolate helps rescue families, inspires youth, unites parish communities, and reaches out to places where the pastors often cannot.

Three points will be the focal points of discussion: the image, the missionary, and those who receive the image. We want to discover the dynamics of our apostolate under a new light and how we are to fulfill our mission in these times.

The image awakens love and devotion, but it also brings a message contained in the gospels. The missionary becomes fruitful through childlike attachment to Mary and willingness to build the kingdom of Christ. The ones who receive the image receive the graces and make them effective in as far as they become aware of their call to live a Christian life.

On Thursday, June 8, we will open the registration table at 2 pm and begin the program with Holy Mass at 5 pm at the Schoenstatt Center. See you soon!

En unos pocos días nuestra convención comenzará, 

nuestros misioneros de más de 13 estados llegarán, y nuevas puertas se abrirán para descubrir cómo ser instrumentos de Dios en estos tiempos. 


Como misioneros de la Virgen Peregrina descubrimos cómo nos convertimos en instrumentos de la Mater y sus tres gracias. Nuestra meta principal es evangelizar, es decir, llevar a Cristo y su mensaje a los demás. Hacemos esto portando la imagen de Jesús y María. De esta forma, damos a conocer la persona de Cristo. Las gracias del Santuario están ahí para asegurar esta experiencia para nosotros y para los demás. Vemos cómo nuestro apostolado ayuda a rescatar familias, inspira jóvenes, une comunidades parroquiales, y alcanza a dónde muchas veces los párrocos no logran llegar.


Tres puntos de enfoque guiarán el fin de semana: la imagen, el misionero, y los que reciben la imagen. Queremos descubrir lo que implica nuestro apostolado bajo una nueva luz y cómo cumplir nuestra misión en estos tiempos. \\


La imagen despierta amor y devoción, pero también lleva un mensaje contenido en los evangelios. El misionero se hace fecundo en su vínculo   filial con la Mater y en su disponibilidad a levantar el reino de Cristo. Los que reciben la imagen reciben las gracias y las hacen efectivas en tanto y cuanto viven convencidos de que tienen un llamado a vivir una vida cristiana.


El jueves, 8 de junio, comenzaremos con las inscripciones a las 2 pm. La apertura de la  convención será a las 5 pm con la Santa Misa.  ¡Nos vemos pronto!

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May 20 – A Day to Remember

On Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 1945, Father Kentenich returned to Schoenstatt from his years as a prisoner of the Nazis. The war was over, the persecution a thing of the past, and the rejoicing of his spiritual family knew no bounds. Indeed, God had seen fit to return the founder in the best of health. As Father Kentenich said to the [Schoenstatt] Sisters of Mary in Bruchsal along the route of his return:

I can tell you that I feel physically and spiritually better and fitter than at any [other] time in my life. It is apparently a sign that nothing can harm us as long as we remain faithful to the Triune God (May 19, 1945).

With Father Kentenich’s own words we join the whole Schoenstatt Family in thanking God for the great mercy of seeing our founder come back from the concentration camp of Dachau unharmed and ready to continue serving the Church and his foundation. May we also follow in his footsteps and accept all trials with patient endurance, in the spirit of Christ’s childlike surrender to his Father in Heaven (Fr. J. Niehaus, Brushstrokes #4).

I cannot thank God enough for all I have seen. It has been a great blessing, superb training,
And I have to thank everyone
Who sent me to the concentration camp.

Most of all I would love to kneel silently
Before the picture of the Mother of God,
Giving myself up wholly to the vision of the Triune Go,
And, with all of you, simply gaze, love, and praise
From now to the end of eternity.

With these words Father Kentenich and with him, the entire Schoenstatt Family, thanked God and Mary, Queen of the Concentration Camp , for the years in the hell of Dachau, years of shelteredness under [her protecting mantle], years of true inner freedom, and [of remaining totally at God’s disposal.]

Those years were as fruitful and blessed as few others had been (The Father Kentenich House).

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