New General Council of the Schoenstatt Fathers
Today, on 22 August, on the feast day of Mary, the Queen, the General Chapter has elected the remaining members of the new General Council. The members of the new General Council are the following:
Fr Juan Pablo Catoggio (Argentina), General Superior
Fr Antonio Bracht (Brazil), First Councillor
Fr José Luis Zabala (Chile), Responsible for the Free Communities
Fr Heinrich Walter (Germany), Councillor
Fr Raúl Espina (Chile), Councillor
We have ended our day in our Shrine on Mount Sion giving thanks to our Blessed Mother for her intercession and motherly care. Surprisingly, there came a rainbow above the Shrine, while we prayed Vesper. We take it as a sign of God’s love and also as a confirmation that heaven pours its blessings upon us. It obliges us to a missionary commitment in the Covenant of love, as stated by the recent Pentecost Congress of the Schoenstatt Family.
The General Chapter will continue till the end of August. The fundamental lines of our community life and our pastoral commitment are being developed on the basis of the motions which we have received in the last year from the community members from different parts of the world.
On 3 September, Pope Francis will receive the new General Superior and the Chapter members in a private audience in Rom.
We thank the whole Schoenstatt Family and all our friends for the numberless expressions of solidarity and for their prayers. We promise that we will keep praying for you all in the coming time and at the same time, we keep counting on your prayers.