Fourth Anniversary of the silence and prayer groups “Covenant of Love Fr. Joseph Kentenich”
Virtual visit in Schoenstatt: The Silence and Prayer Covenant of Love Father Joseph Kentenich Groups celebrated their fourth anniversary.
April 15th. 2021
On March 15, 2017, through WhatsApp, a new apostolate for our Schoenstatt Family was born whose main goal is to create in the Schoenstatt Family a profound bond, through prayer, with our Founding Father, Joseph Kentenich, while contributing with our Capital of Grace to his prompt canonization.
Our Blessed Mother has been by our side all this time granting us solidarity and fruitfulness. Thanks to her powerful mediation our apostolate is currently present in twenty countries with more than two thousand members participating, most of them belonging to the Schoenstatt family.
For this year’s jubilee in honor of St. Joseph, we wanted to give special thanks to God for this great blessing and celebrate these last four years of unity in Father Kentenich’s heart. We are especially grateful for all of those who full of joy, responsibility and perseverance have carried forward our Silence and Prayer groups in 20 countries around the world.
The celebration took place in Schoenstatt, Germany and was transmitted to the world via zoom. Thanks to the support given by the Sisters of Mary in Germany, we were able to go on a virtual pilgrimage to the Original Shrine where we had a beautiful moment of worship headed by Father Eduardo Aguirre Cancino, postulator in the beatification process of our Father. We then visited the Adoration Church and later met again at Father Kentenich’s tomb.
We experienced very significant moments; a candle was lit for each country that is part of this apostolate. Each group’s administrator, together with their support team and with over 300 members of the Prayer Groups, renovated our commitment to continue combining our strength as part of the International Schoenstatt Family, supporting the canonization process with our faithful and persistent prayers and united as well with those who entrust themselves to our prayers imploring our Founding Father’s intercession.
Sister M. Resia Käppeler, representing Father Kentenich’s Secretariat, placed 427 petitions and 263 thanks for his intercession on the carpet which shows the exact spot where Father Kentenich died. These were especially registered so that they can be presented during the anniversary pilgrimage.
Thanks to Sister M. Isabel Machado, our family in Brazil and Portugal also had moments of prayer in their native language.
Before ending our celebration, we received Father Eduardo’s blessing. He encouraged us to continue united in prayer, being faithful to the mission we have inherited. Sister Carolina Sandrone said farewell to us while recording the names of all of the countries present in the book in which the visitors to Father Kentenich’s tomb are recorded.
There are no words to describe the emotions we all felt; it was a very intimate moment that has set us afire and that we shall always remember with great joy. As Father Kentenich’s children we acknowledge our responsibility for the legacy that has been entrusted upon us; the responsibility to embody his charisma and offering our prayers and our contributions to the Capital of Grace for our Schoenstatt Family and for Father’s prompt canonization.
If you wish to join this apostolate, you may register your information on this form, or if you wish to register your petition or your thanks for Father Kentenich’s intercession, you may fill this form.
“Joining our strengths”
Erika Cedeño – International Coordinator
Silence and Prayer Covenant of Love FJK Groups