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Before Closing the Year 2016

Before closing the year 2016 missionaries from Atltanta, Georgia, gathered to renew their commitment, to crown the images of the Pilgrim Mother, and send out two new missionaries, for the new year 2017.

These missionaries wish everyone a blessed year 2017, and send us a quote from Father Kentenich:

“Remain loyally united, and do not forget: ‘Love conquers everything!'”

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Arizona’s Grand Crowning

By Sally LeRoy


In Arizona we were blessed to celebrate the crowning of the Queen of the Three Graces on Saturday, November 19, 2016. This is also the birthday of Father Joseph Kentenich, the founder of Schoenstatt. The procession was lovely! The Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. John Ebbesmier, the Pastor of St. Joachim and St. Anne parish, was glorious.  He also officiated the crowning our Pilgrim Mother “Queen of the Three Graces on the Move!”

We completed our joyful morning by stating that we receive these when:  1) we, as missionaries take our Pilgrim Mothers to others, such as nursing homes, hospitals, people in need of her visit. When we do that, we all have the feeling of “being at home with her at our side.”  2) we let the Blessed Mother work and transform our hearts, that is, the grace of inner transformation, and 3) when we share the joy of Mary’s presence in our lives with others, that is the grace of apostolic fruitfulness.


We are grateful to Fr. John for saying “yes” to celebrating our special Holy Mass and for his meaningful homily.  A word of thanks also to all missionaries, for recognizing our gift and taking the Pilgrim Mother to those in need.  We are called to be witnesses in the world and go forth with her to those who are at our side.  Also, a word of gratitude to all those who helped, Barb, Steve and Jessica – whose music touched our hearts! To Mary Alvin, for doing the first reading, Jeremiah and Mark, who did an excellent job as altar servers. Thanks also to all the procession participants, each and everyone who took part in our celebration!!


Finally, we lifted a prayer for the repose of the soul of Deacon Bob Meyers. He was with the national convention last year at the crowning ceremony.


Following the Mass, approximately 20 of us met at Mercer’s Restaurant for fellowship, fun and food.



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Covenants and Crowning


In preparation for the crowning, the missionaries of upstate New York, in Buffalo, renewed their covenant of love. For many years these faithful missionaries have been spreading the love for Christ and Mary, through the Pilgrim Mother.



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Mary was crowned in the Bronx, too.

By Millie Cornelio

On Friday, October 21, 2016, the families of St. Simon Stock Parish, in the Bronx, united to crown the Pilgrim MTA shrines. Esmeralda Ramos with the Daughters of Mary began the celebration with the rosary, leading the families into the Eucharistic Celebration. The Holy Mass was offered in thanksgiving for the 102nd Anniversary of Schoenstatt origins and the covenant of love.

For a better understanding of the celebration I was invited for an explanation of Schoenstatt and of the crowning.

Meals & Refreshments were served together with the delicious MTA cake, a well-known in our community.

We thank Fr. Nelson Belizario for his constant support and love to the Mother Thrice Admirable and the Schoenstatt Family. We also thank Fr. Alvaro, the main celebrant. Many more thanks to all that made of this beautiful celebration another opportunity for the community to gather as one family and learn and experience the Schoenstatt living the covenant of love.

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El frío no los detuvo.

By SRC Office

El viento frío nos hizo pensar en la pureza de la Virgen, en la mañana del sábado, 22 de octubre. Nos reunimos en la ermita del la parroquia de San Andrés, en Clifton, diócesis de Arlington. Después del desayuno, una reflexión, canciones y anuncios, pasamos a la ermita para coronar nuestras imágenes y rezar por los cristianos perseguidos, por nuestro país, y por las muchas intenciones que traemos en nuestros corazones. Recordamos de manera especial a María Sazonov, quien fue un instrumento escogido para mantener esta ermita y para fortalecer la Campaña en el área de DC.


The cool windy air of Saturday, October 22 in the morning, gave a sense of purity and of the joy the Blessed Mother must have felt when looking upon all everyone offering her a crown and trusting in her power.

The missionaries of the DC area met in Virginia, at the Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine of St. Andrew’s Parish, in Clifton, Arlington diocese. Close to 25 missionaries gathered to crown over 40 images of the Pilgrim Mother. After breakfast, a reflection, songs, and some announcements, we went to the Wayside Shrine for the crowning ceremony. The brisk air did not keep us from honoring our Mother and Queen, and asking her to intercede for our country, the persecuted Christians around the world, and our many intentions. We called to mind in a very special way Maria Sazonov who cared for the Wayside Shrine with so much love in the past and who was very instrumental in strengthening the Rosary Campaign in the DC area. With great enthusiasm we sang and prayed, that the MTA will keep us as her instruments of the three graces.




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The experience in Bayou Region was beyond expectations.

By Joan Rodrigue

We crowned our Pilgrim MTAs and recommissioned our missionaries before the 10:00 AM Holy Mass on October 22, 2016. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Father Al Davidson at St. Joseph the Worker in Pierre Part, LA. Regional Coordinator, Joan Rodrigue began the ceremony with a brief overview of the history of the Schoenstatt Movement, the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, Father Joseph Kentenich, Blessed John Pozzobon in connection to the message of some words from Our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Special emphasis was placed on why we pray for the three graces, our world and our country. Immediately following, Father Al recommissioned the missionaries, we crowned Our Lady of the Three Graces on the Move, and celebrated the Year of Mercy. Approximately 110 members of the Bayou Region of the SRC were in attendance. The Bayou Region encompasses the parishes of Assumption, Ascension, Lafourche, and Terrebonne. To prepare for our crowning, many of us began tracking the number of rosaries said from May 1 – October 22 . We spiritually traveled from Brazil across America and then from Wisconsin to Assumption Parish. We needed a total of 6552 rosaries and we were able to exceed our goal.

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Ohio gathered a crowd to crown our Queen.

By Susan Bernhold and Marlene Rutschling

Our Ohio ceremony was on October 18, the Covenant day. Please enjoy the photos below of our Mass, Schoenstatt Crowning Ceremony and dinner at Sacred Heart Church, in McArtyville.  Fr. Steve Mondiek presided the Holy Mass and the Crowning Ceremony.  We had approximately 300 people attend and many came afterwards for the dinner.  The ceremony was uplifting and joyful, as the children carried crowns and roses to honor our Blessed Mother as Queen.

At the dinner, Mike Schubert, our Diocesan Leader, gave a summary of the Leader’s Conference recently held in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He told us about the year’s new motto for 2016-17, which is: Fear Not, Proclaim the Father’s Love!  There are many people who helped with this beautiful evening, but we are most grateful to God for giving us such a loving Mother who teaches us how to grow stronger in our Catholic faith and closer to Jesus. We welcome all of the new members who are preparing for their covenants in Kettering, and Fr. Steve’s new group at Sacred Heart!

“GOD IS FATHER, GOD IS LOVE, GOOD IS EVERYTHING HE DOES.” Fr. Joseph Kentenich, Servant of God



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Crowning in the Fort Worth Diocese

By Anita Mitchell

In the Fort Worth Diocese the Crowning Ceremony was held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in the Fort Worth Diocese located in Grapevine, Texas. It was a beautiful day in the 70s under a cloudless Texas blue sky! There were 33 people in attendance who crowned 46 Pilgrim Shrines. Anita Mitchell, regional director for the Fort Worth Diocese, led the group through the ceremony. Everyone silently read the beautiful blessing that had been used for the crowns. As everyone came forward in small groups to crown each Pilgrim Shrine as Queen of the Three Graces on the move, a CD of Marian songs was played. A prayer was added for all of our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters and for our country. After all Pilgrim Shrines had been crowned, everyone recited the crowning prayer together and in conclusion sang the consecration to our Mother Thrice Admirable. Next was a procession with the Pilgrim Shrines and our Auxiliary Shrine into the Father B. Chapel where the Shrines were placed on the altar behind a rosary made up of white tea lights for the Hail Marys, blue tea lights for the Our Fathers, a miniature replica of the Auxiliary Shrine for the centerpiece and a Unity Cross. The Rosary of Three Graces was then prayed. Finally, everyone proceeded into a classroom for refreshments and for the viewing of the Schoenstatt video “A Seed for a New World.” It truly was a blessed and glorious day! It truly was a blessed and glorious day, and I am happy to report that ALL of the Pilgrim Shrines in our Fort Worth Diocese have now been crowned as Queen of the Three Graces on the move!





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Missionaries of the Pacific Northwest met in November.

By Deanna Leonard, Oregon

It is with sincere gratefulness to Our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt, that we report the success of the first regional conference of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, held November 18 – 20, 2016, in Kennewick, Washington.  Our Mother Thrice Admirable guided us and worked many little miracles to help us as we planned each detail of the conference over the course of one year.

More than 230 people from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho gathered at St. Joseph Parish, Kennewick, to learn more about Schoenstatt’s Contribution to the New Evangelization and to come together  as a Schoenstatt community in the Pacific Northwest.  Approximately 135 were from the English-speaking community and almost 100 were from the Spanish-speaking community.  It was a great blessing to have both communities  come together for a bi-lingual conference, to celebrate our mutual love for Our Blessed Mother! We were pleased that 43 married couples attended together, making up more than a quarter of the total in attendance; also, 18 girls’ youth participated and were given a separate teaching Saturday afternoon.

The presenters were Schoenstatt Fathers Marcelo Aravena and Francisco Rojas, and Sister M. Isabel Bracero. Mr. Enrique Soros did a magnificent job as Master of Ceremonies. Each of the five main conference talks were presented in either English or Spanish; headsets and simultenous translation were provided for those not understanding the language of the talk being presented.  A break-out session was offered Saturday for men and women, separately, in both language groups. Holy Mass was celebrated each of the three days, with the opportunity for confession on Saturday afternoon. The meals were prepared and served each day by the Spanish Rosary Campaign group at St. Joseph Parish and the Connell/Eltopia Knights of Columbus. We are truly grateful for the many offerings of time and talent (Mass musicians, sacristans and servers; conference decorations) given by so many that  made everything possible!

Many in attendance did not know anything about Schoenstatt and were very happy to have learned more about the Movement from their participation in the conference.  We made many new friends and contacts who are eager to be part of the Schoenstatt Movement! With confidence, we pray that our follow-up efforts will be blessed by a real growth in the Schoenstatt Movement in the Pacific Northwest.


Nothing without YOU, Dear Mother, Nothing without US!

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Crowning Events 2016


Dear Friends of the Schoenstatt’s Pilgrim Mother,

From all parts: North and South, East and West, we are receiving wonderful news about the crowning of our Queen of the Three Graces. Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, 23, have been days in which we showed our gratitude and love to the Mother of God. Some have chosen different dates, and thus secure a greater participation in the celebration. Some of the celebrations have had numerous participants and others have silently taken place in home shrines across the country. Others have been fortunate to have their pastor or a priest with them, thus saying “yes” to the Blessed Mother and to the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign – perhaps certifying and perceiving through their presence that Schoenstatt is an ‘evangelizing blessing’ for our parish communities.

Without a doubt, this last event of graces shows once again that the Pilgrim Mother is on the move, reaching to those on the periphery and seeking new horizons for the great visitation it implies. The visit of the pilgrim shrine, of Jesus and Mar, which gives us hope, educates us, and transforms the hearts of the faithful. Hundreds, thousands of homes, families, places of work, schools, hospitals, and jails have benefited from this stream of graces. Let us be grateful for this!

We are also grateful for each one of you, who have allowed the Blessed Mother to come into your homes and places of work, but also into your hearts. It is clear that if we do not allow her to come into one’s heart and community, the effort of evangelization is futile.

We are grateful also for the way in which all the coordinators and missionaries have consecrated themselves to work in advancing this crowning with dedication and tenacity. In their service we see that the instruments that cooperate with God’s work can truly become fruitful in the work of the new evangelization in our Church, called to be soul of the world. We have crowned Mary, as Queen of the Three Graces. Now we are left with the daily and slow task of bringing these graces into our lives, leading others into the heart of the Mother of God, so that they can discover in her a warm and worthy heart in the midst of the daily struggles and worries. We are left with the task of leading many others into the heart of the Mother of God, so that they can be educated with docility, and thus imitate the virtues and values of a Marian culture, a covenant culture. We are left with the task of making others aware of their mission: They are missionaries of Jesus and Mary, bringing a message of peace and love, of respect and justice, of tolerance and inclusion, of conversion and mercy.

I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that this crowning was performed almost at the end of the Year of Mercy, called upon by Pope Francis. Some of you even crowned her as Queen of Mercy – a wonderful idea which speaks of every covenant child being a missionary of divine mercy. We are called to share the mercy we have received!

Last but not least, I inform you that while the MTA was crowned, in many of our Schoenstatt centers the new year’s motto was announced – a motto that is there to motivate our life, ideas, meetings, activities, and conferences as Schoenstatt Movement: Fear not! Proclaim the Father’s love!

This motto should inspire even more the dynamics of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign. Recently, Pope Francis preached in his daily Mass in St. Martha saying that, “the Rosary is a synthesis of the mercy of God.” In other words, the Rosary is an inspiration and a proclamation that makes us aware of how God loves us without limits. This love is the one we want to announce and proclaim without fear.

May my prayers and blessing reach everyone from the shrine,

P. Marcelo Aravena

Queridos amigos del Campaña de la Virgen Peregrina de Schoenstatt,

de todas partes, desde el norte y del sur, desde el este y el oeste nos están llegando maravillosas noticias sobre la coronación de nuestra Madre, como Reina de la Tres Gracias. El día sábado 22 y el domingo 23 también han sido días de expresión de amor y gratitud a la Madre de Dios. Otros han escogido otros días para la coronación para asegurar mayor participación y convocación a las diversas celebraciones. Algunas han sido muy numerosas, otras muy solemnes y otras silenciosas en los cientos de santuarios hogares a lo largo y ancho de todo el país. Otras coronaciones han tenido el regalo de contar con la presencia sacerdotes y párrocos que han dicho sí a la Madre y a su Campaña del Rosario de Schoenstatt, tal vez intuyendo y certificando con su presencia de que Schoenstatt es una bendición evangelizadora para sus comunidades parroquiales.

Sin duda que con este último evento de gracias demuestra una vez más que la Virgen Peregrina está en salida, que va a las periferias y que está buscando nuevos horizontes para llegar con la Gran Visitación que implica ésta. La Visitación del santuario peregrino, de Jesús y María que alienta, educa y transforma los corazones de los fieles. Cientos, miles de hogares, familias, lugares de trabajo, escuelas, hospitales, cárceles se han beneficiado con esta corriente de gracias. ¡Demos gracias a Dios por ello!

Gracias a Dios también por cada uno de ustedes que han dejado entrar a la Mater no sólo a sus hogares y lugares donde trabajan, sino que también a sus corazones. Está claro que si ella no entra en el corazón de uno y de la comunidad el esfuerzo evangelizador y la enseñanza evangélica queda inerte o estéril.

Damos gracias también de una manera especial a todos los coordinadores y misioneros que con gran entrega y tenacidad se consagraron al trabajo de promover la coronación. Sin el trabajo consciente de ellos no habría sido posible esta nueva irrupción de gracias en nuestras comunidades. En ellos y su servicio queda claro que los instrumentos humanos que colaboran con la obra de Dios pueden ser muy fecundos y verdaderos agentes de una Nueva Evangelización en nuestra Iglesia que está llamada a ser alma del mundo.

Se ha coronado a María como Reina de las tres gracias. Ahora queda la tarea diaria y lenta de llevar a la vida estas gracias llevando a otros al corazón de la Madre para que en ella descubran un nuevo hogar cálido y digno en medio de sus desafíos y preocupaciones diarias. Queda la tarea de conducir a otros al corazón de la Madre para que se dejen educar con docilidad y así imitar las más bellas virtudes y valores de una cultura mariana que es la cultura de la Alianza. Queda la tarea de hacer conscientes a otros de que tienen una maravillosa misión, de que son misioneros de Jesús y María que llevan a otros un mensaje de paz y amor, de respeto y justicia, de tolerancia e inclusión, de conversión y misericordia.

También quiero llamar la atención de que esta coronación se realizó casi al concluir el Año de la Misericordia convocado por el Papa Francisco. Incluso algunos de ustedes aprovecharon de coronar también a María como Reina de la Misericordia. Una hermosa idea que pone en relieve que cada aliado de la Madre es un misionero de la Misericordia divina. Hemos recibido misericordia para compartirla con otros.

 Finalmente, pero no menos importante les informo que mientras se coronaba a nuestra Madre en todos los centros de Schoenstatt se proclamaba el nuevo lema de año que animará la vida, las ideas, reuniones, actividades y conferencias múltiples del Movimiento de Schoenstatt. El lema nuestro dice: ¡No temas, proclama el amor del Padre! Pienso que este lema debe inspirar aún más nuestra vida como Campaña del Rosario. El Papa Francisco dio hace poco en su prédica de la misa diaria en la Casa Santa Marta, que el “rosario es una síntesis de la misericordia de Dios”. Es decir, el rosario es una inspiración y un anuncio para darnos cuenta cómo Dios nos ama y sin límites. Ese amor queremos anunciarlo y proclamarlo sin temor.

 A todos vaya y reciban mi oración y bendición desde el santuario.

 Fr. Marcelo Aravena



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