ROSARY CAMPAIGN CAMPAÑA DE LA VIRGEN PEREGRINA
Joao Pozzobon with the Original Pilgrim - Pilgrim MTA - Joao telling stories
The missionaries of the Blessed Mother are going to Milwaukee!
More info: info@SchoenstattDC.org
¡Vamos todos a Milwaukee!
¡Para recibir todas las gracias de la Mater en su Santuario y volver llenos de un nuevo espíritu! ¡Vamos todos!
Pasaje que compramos a $328 ida y vuelta:
This is the ticket we bought:
Local Campaign Convention in Washington, DC
Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign
Saturday, 22 May 2013
Christ the King parish, Silver Spring
Talks: Fr. José María Cortés, pastor, and Sr. Iraida Guerra
Look here for Sr. Iraida's talk:
Christ the King, Colonial Room
Music group of St. Gabriel parish, DC. Very professional!
Pilgrim MTAs, ready to go to the hearts of the people...
Angelina Sosa, Dora y Leo Estrada
Georgina Dos Santos
We sing "Madre Admirable, Madre peregrina".
Sr. Iraida with Francisco and Valeria Guzman
María Jacquet, organizer. Great organizaton, Maria!
Giant international Schoenstatt flag
María de la Luz, three images to North Carolina,
Valeria, requested one more Pilgrim MTA. One was not enough.
Gladys, with a Pilgrim MTA that Vita will bring to Lima, Peru.
Don't touch my Pilgrim MTAs :-)
How much love of Sr. Iraida and the missionaries, to bring the love of the Blessed Mother and Jesus to the brothers and sisters!
Francisco Guzmán, MC
Vita always happy
Fr. José María Cortés, pastor. Great talk on New Evangelization
Christ the King
Little Shrine brought from Schoenstatt Place, 3539 14th. St NW - Washington, where we meet every Thursday at 7:00 pm
Fr. José María Cortés
Testimonial from María Gross
Coffee break... mmmm.....
A present for Fr. José María: Rebelde de Dios, Fr. Kentenich's biography
Ana Vilche, MC
The big picture comes from North Carolina, where the Blessed Mother goes to the houses
Sonia Mondon and Georgina Dos Santos
Roxana, Maria Jacquet's daughter
Madre Admirable, Madre peregrina... a hit!
María de la Luz comes from North Carolina to get three Pilgrim MTAs. She wanted more, but we will go to NC to give the three workshops so that new missionaries may receive a Pilgrim MTA to bring it to others.
Sr. Iraida Guerra: the Campaign and New Evangelization
Great community of missionaries!
Happy face :-)
Gabriel: always ready to help!
Vita Manyari with her son Gabriel
Amy and Ashlee De León; Vita and Gabriel, at the book stand, always smiling :-)
María de la Luz, a long trip from North Carolina. The Blessed Mother calls!
St. Gabriel's music group. Thank you muchachos!! Excepcional music!
Thank you Gabriel Gross for the great video and these wonderful pictures!
Pilgrimage of Washington to the
Schoenstatt Shrine in New York
26 May 2013
A wonderful experience!
click on us to see the pictures:
Second convention of the Rosary Campaign in Washington, DC 25 August 2012:
Campaign Convention at Our Lady Of Lourdes, Bethesda, Maryland
25 February 2012
Jornada de la Virgen Peregrina, Nuestra Señora de Lourdes
25 febrero 2012
Aquí, fotos de la extraordinaria jornada, con más de 100 participantes! ¡Qué emoción! ¡Qué misión!
The Blessed Mother enters the convention hall with cheers.
Cheers to the Blessed Mother! Singing Madre Admirable, Madre Peregrina, es tu visita la qu eme ilumina...
Over 100 gathered to share this great misison.
She is the great Missionary, she will perform miracles!
Talk of Sr. Iraida with passion!
Angelita, missionary with 30 Guatemaltecos!!
Moving testimonials about the miracles of the Blessed Mother in our hearts... and more!
Yes, we are here too, accompanying our grandma Julia.
Here is the Pilgrim MTA of our grandma...
Flyer of the Campaign Convention on 25 February 2012:
Sr. Isabel Bracero, Fr. Francisco Rojas, National Advisors of the Rosary Campaign
Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign
The Rosary Campaign of the Mother
Thrice Admirable started in 1950 when
John Pozzobon in Brazil began taking the
picture of the Blessed Mother to
families, hospitals, schools, and
prisons. He carried out this mission for
35 years, walking 85,000 miles.
When Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, her presence brought many blessings. Today Mary wants to carry Jesus into our homes, serve our needs, intercede for miracles in our lives.
She wishes to
make our homes, rooms, and offices holy
places, islands of grace, sanctuaries in
the midst of the world. She wants to
spread the Kingdom of God by bringing
Christ anew to the world through us.
The Pilgrim MTA Rosary Campaign was brought to the USA in 1986. Now she is in all fifty states. This picture of grace is sent out from the Schoenstatt Shrine to bring graces and blessings of renewal to homes, offices, nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, schools, dorms, migrant workers, and shut-ins.
The MTA travels throughout the
month, going from family to family, from
home to home. A group of people make a
commitment to invite her into their
homes for a few days every month. During
her stay in a home, she is given a place
of honor. Individuals and families are
encouraged to come together to pray,
especially the Rosary, placing all their
petitions before the Blessed Mother in
Many people give witness to the fruitfulness and blessings of these visits by our Blessed Mother in the Rosary Campaign. Some of these blessings are: a deeper love for God and for others, peace, joy, a longing to share with others, strength in difficulties, miracles of conversion, family unity, and returning to the Church.
Mary wants to carry Jesus into our homes. She wants to serve our needs; she wants to intercede many miracles of graces for us. Through the Pilgrim MTA Rosary Campaign it has become possible for the shrine to have “wheels” and go out to many people to help renew the Church and world.Taken from schoenstattwisconsin.org
Here some pictures with missionaries of the Pilgrim MTA from Washington, DC
June 2011 Covenant of Love in Wisconsin of the "Virginia Grils" from the DC area
June 2011 Washington, DC at the Journey of Love in Waukesha
June 2011 Enjoying the paradise at the International Center in Waukesha
June 2011 Washington with Sr. Marie Day
29 May 2011 Washington, DC at Schoenstatt Shrine in New York, Crowning day
29 May 2011 Missionaries crowning the Blessed Mother, New York
29 May 2011 Washington Family arriving at New York Shrine
12 February 2011 New missionaries with Fr. Jesús
13 January 2011 Thursday meeting at Schoenstatt Place in Washington, DC
14 February 2011 at Schoenstatt Place Virginia & Yanira
14 February 2011 Fr. Jesús commissioned Malevis Molina
14 February 2011 at Schoenstatt Place with Fr. Jesús
14 February 2011 Fr. Jesús with María and Baltazar Martínez
December 2011 Posadas con Dora
Beginnings of an Apostolic Revolution:
John Pozzobon and the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign
from chapter 3 of Conquering All Hearts
expanding throughout the world. The
Sisters of Mary went as missionaries to
far away countries. In 1935, they
arrived in Argentina and later, in 1937,
they arrived in Uruguay. Over the years
they experienced that it was difficult
to transmit Schoenstatt without a
shrine, so they decided to build one in
Nueva Helvecia, Uruguay, where the
sisters from the district in Argentina
and Uruguay had their central house. The
shrine was built as similar as possible
to the one in Germany and blessed in
1943. That is how the daughter shrines,
replicas of the Original Shrine,
emerged. They would soon multiply in
different countries: in 1948 in Santa
Maria, Brazil; in 1949 in Bellavista,
Santiago de Chile and in
South Africa. Each of these four shrines
as well as those that would be dedicated
later were being transformed into
seedbeds for new persons in a new
community, awakening a generous giving
of self by those who allowed themselves
to be conquered by the Mother Thrice
Admirable and Father Kentenich’s
mission. From one of these shrines, in
Santa Maria, Brazil, a very special
personality emerged, a spiritual son of
Father Kentenich, who felt called to the
Schoenstatt mission to take the glories
of Mary to the whole world for the
renewal of the world in Christ in an
exceptionally original form.
was so personal, his giving of self so
radical, his loyalty to Father Kentenich
and his love of Mary so profound, his
constancy so strong, his passion for
Jesus so tested, his aspiration for
sanctity so determined, and his faith in
the mission so unshakeable, that this
humble man, who began at the age of 45
carrying out an apparently insignificant
task, ended it 35 years later by opening
an apostolic field of impressive
magnitude and universal transcendence
for the whole Church.
Pozzobon was born in Ribeirao, Rio
Grande do Sul, Brazil, on 12 December
1904. In 1932, he moved to Santa Maria.
In 1947, Father Kentenich visited this
city where the Sisters of Mary had
established themselves close to John's
house. Father Kentenich blessed the
cornerstone of the shrine which would be
consecrated the following year with the
mission of Tabor. John was present for
this celebration and he was profoundly
impressed by the charisma of the father
and founder. Little by little, he
started to feel more at home as he
discovered the transcendence of Father
Kentenich's mission. The Blessed Mother
of Schoenstatt was conquering his heart
more and more.
September 1950: A Crucial Moment for
Schoenstatt and the Church
The great day
was 10 September 1950. This would change
each minute of John’s existence, and it
would have a profound impact on the
hearts of millions of persons in the
whole world. As always, God uses the
most humble instruments for the greatest
tasks. What happened on that
Sunday? Sister M. Teresinha Gobbo,
a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary, entrusted
a large picture of the Blessed Mother of
Schoenstatt to John to take to the
people of the parish. He was
commissioned to take it to a different
house each day to encourage the people
to pray the rosary, but she told him it
was not necessary for him to pray it
every night. John strictly carried out
the assignment to take the picture to
the homes, but since he also
felt responsible, he decided to pray the
rosary every night. He began to see
through the daily rosary he shared with
families and through each visit of the
Blessed Mother, that the hearts of the
people were being transformed. So he
began to add more and more hours to what
would later be called the Schoenstatt
He traveled an incredible 87,000 miles mostly on foot visiting families, hospitals, schools, and jails in Southern Brazil, carrying the picture he had received, which weighed 24 pounds on his shoulder. He also carried a bag with materials for the apostolate, which weighed about 15 pounds. Nothing could stop him.
It is known
that God tests great people with special
love, but at the same time in a very
strict manner. He wants to be sure that
the giving of self and the confidence in
him are enduring, authentic, and
magnanimous; then the blessings will be
unlimited. The case of John was no
exception. A year after starting the
Campaign, Father Kentenich was sent into
exile. Schoenstatt continued
functioning, but without its founder.
Many bishops and pastors knew about
Father Kentenich's exile, and since they
did not know the concrete cause, they
maintained a restrained attitude toward
the Movement. Since the beginning, this
made John's mission more difficult to
carry out. That does not surprise us
since in this way a principle of divine
action is fulfilled. Father Kentenich
stated it by saying that the evidence of
a work of God is:
smallness of the instruments,
- the magnitude of the difficulties,
- and the magnitude of the success.
The same thing
occurred with the Schoenstatt Movement
that was founded a few days before the
First World War broke out when the boys
who participated in the act were sent to
the battlefront. Who could have foreseen
that a movement, marked with such severe
trials since its beginnings, would have
such a promising future?
worked in the dioceses and parishes
where he received the permission of the
bishops and the pastors. But they did
not always authorize it because of the
awkward situation that Schoenstatt was
experiencing, and sometimes they even
treated him harshly, obliging him to
abandon the people he was visiting. This
hurt him profoundly. John was giving his
life for the evangelization of the most
needy and many others, and he noticed
with sadness how from one office grace
was impeded from reaching thousands of
people. But he always obeyed with an
iron will. As a loyal pupil of Father
Kentenich, he saw the loving hand of God
through the authorities.
Pilgrim MTA Establishes Attachments and
Removes Barriers — John and the Mission
of the 31st of May
exceptional manner, Father Kentenich
synthesized and developed a new
spirituality in Church theology. But his
greatest stroke of genius consisted in
putting it into practice in daily life,
living it personally. All his efforts
were directed so that truth would be
fully reflected in life, so truth would
form and elevate life. For example, the
axiom "Mary unites grace and nature"
empowered his spirituality and
apostolate. God acts through secondary
causes, through everything that is
created, but especially through his
favorite creation, Mary. Whoever has
Mary inscribed by fire into their heart,
will have healthy attachments, since God
himself will be inscribed in their
John was not a
philosopher, nor a theologian. He wasn't
even a great thinker. His greatness
consisted in seeing a magnificent
forest, when in his hands he only had a
few seeds and worked from sunrise to
sunset to reach the unattainable goal.
the mission from Father Kentenich.
The graces to fulfill it flowed from the shrine.
Mary was the guide, the leader, and the energy.
John grew in
the world of Schoenstatt first under the
guidance of Fathers Celestino Trevisan
and Maximo Trevisan. Through them he
learned the spiritual basics of the
Movement, such as the daily spiritual
schedule, the value of the capital of
grace, the personal ideal, the covenant
of love, and the graces of the shrine.
His contact with the sisters, especially
with Sister M. Teresinha and Sister M.
Emanuele, was a source for his
understanding and spiritual growth.
Later, the Brothers of Mary began to
influence his life, especially Herman
Arendes, with whom he shared much time
in personal conversation and apostolate.
Over a period of time, Brother Herman
was transformed into an indispensable
guide and a great support and guiding
companion. Father Aquiles Rubim, rector
of the Pallottine Major Seminary, was
John's spiritual director and confessor
for many years.
But the main
source of inspiration for John was the
founder of Schoenstatt. He felt
intimately united to his person, his
mission, and his destiny. The personal
contact between the two of them was
limited, but John found ways to
establish a relationship with Father
Kentenich. On 11 July 1951, he sent him
a handwritten letter with his photograph
"so that my actual person may be
represent as closely as possible in the
Father Kentenich responded through
Sister M. Norberta: "[H]e sincerely
appreciates your letter and says that in
the shrine of our beloved MTA he
remembered you and all that is yours. He
prayed for the special blessing and
protection of the heavenly Mother for
all your deepest aspirations."
On 10 September 1980, thirty years after
starting the Campaign, John entrusted
the large picture, with which he had
traveled on pilgrimage for such a long
time, to the Sisters of Mary as an
inheritance. On this occasion he
remembered the blessing sent from the
Original Shrine by Father Kentenich:
"[T]hat wonderful blessing was the strength of this Campaign."
John is an
In the first
place, an organic man cultivates and
takes care of family attachments. If
John had a great mission in the world,
he understood that his main task was to
take good care of his wife and children.
In this way, when he began to need more
time for the Campaign, he talked with
his family about his desire and he
allowed the family to make the decision.
His children, as well as his wife, were
in agreement that John could give
himself to the evangelization. They also
expressed the desire that he should feel
free. His wife and some of his children
even accompanied him on his apostolate
on some occasions. John was a man of
great warmth, possessing a great love
for his family. His children recall that
before going out on mission, he would
leave everything prepared for them, he
would cut the wood, till the garden,
although they told him not to worry
about it, that they could do it.
Regard to the Mission of the 31st of May
recalled that in April of 1967, two
students from Chile arrived in Santa
Maria with the aim of promoting the
mission of the 31st of May and awakening
hearts so that it could be understood,
lived, and announced in preparation for
the twentieth jubilee to be celebrated
in 1969. John heard about this, and he
asked Brother Herman about the meaning
of the mission. Since after morning Mass
they returned home on the same road, the
Brother of Mary could tell John the
history and the content of 31 of May for
the Schoenstatt family: about the
organic world, the importance of how
through creation one can reach God, and
the strong sense of mission
consciousness, among other things. John
was captivated with the message, and one
morning he commented to Brother Herman:
“Then the 31st
of May is as important for Schoenstatt
as the 18 October 1914 and the 20
January 1942 events.
Something out of the ordinary can be
done related to the mission. I just got
an idea. Will you accompany me?”
“First tell me what you are planning,” responded Brother Herman.
responded John with a mischievous smile,
“First I want to know if you are willing
to accompany me.”
“Yes, I will
accompany you,” Brother Herman answered,
knowing full well that nothing bad could
come from John.
“Tomorrow morning I will tell you what it is about.”
The following morning on 24 April 1967, John gave Brother Herman a written invitation for a pilgrimage of only bread and water to depart from the Shrine of the Mother Thrice Admirable to visit Jesus in all the tabernacles of the city. As a sign of unity between Jesus and Mary, they would leave a white rose in front of each tabernacle, praying a rosary there for the fulfillment of the mission of May 31st. After Mass in the Tabor Shrine, on the 31 of May, they departed with the rosary and a large bouquet of white roses. For practical reasons, they prayed the rosary on the way, and in front of the tabernacle they only prayed one or two mysteries, where they placed the white rose as a symbol of the offering. Throughout that day they visited twenty-seven tabernacles. Brother Herman recalls that in all of his life he had never prayed so many rosaries in a single day.
immediately understood the importance of
- he instantly found a way of inserting himself and acting on it anonymously,
- he did it mischievously and with great creativity,
- it did not require the participation of many; in this case, it was only Brother Herman with him,
- before the magnitude of the mission, he offered his fulfillment of a heroic act consistent with a great giving of self and with an exceptional abundance of prayer,
- in the following days and years he would complement it with concrete work in the apostolate of the Pilgrim MTA, that takes the wholeness of the person to all homes.
John: Two Men Cry
Around 1978, John's strength was diminishing. Since 1950, he had worked practically alone in the Campaign, and he asked Mary for someone to help him, to assist him, and to continue with his task. On 7 October 1978, Mr. Ubaldo Pimentel, who knew of John's difficulties to walk and to see, approached him, offering to be “his legs and his eyes.” John was overcome and he began to cry, and Ubaldo did the same. After they consecrated themselves to Mary in the shrine, Ubaldo began to travel the vast field of action, having John as his teacher, something he continues to do today. “He was a person who drew me instantly,” Ubaldo recalls. “Before speaking to him, I saw him in the shrine, and I was drawn to him. I asked if he was John Trevisan; no, they responded: He is the famous Deacon John Pozzobon.” Ubaldo, who a few years after starting to work for the Campaign was ordained as a deacon, says that John was very humble, and he loved to work with the poor, helping them materially as well as spiritually. Ubaldo elaborated with great enthusiasm about John’s spiritual strength, faith, kindness, and unlimited generosity toward his neighbor, especially with the poorest.
"I see the
Campaign as a fruit of the father and
founder, of the step he took on 31 May
1949, as a new Cenacle for the world."
concretization of the mission of 31 of
May, of the organic vision of the world,
is fundamental for the Pilgrim MTA. She
creates attachments; she unites God with
his children; she is the intersection
between nature and grace, between God
and his creatures, and among all of us,
his children. She invites us to live a
transparent, consistent life,
integrating faith with the spiritual
processes, family life, work, and all
the relationships of the person. Since
this mission is essential for
Schoenstatt and the Campaign, and
undoubtedly, for the renewal of the
Church, it will be the guiding thread
that accompanies the Pilgrim MTA
throughout the pages of this book, as a
reflection of her work in real life. The
coordinator will meet daily with forms
of mechanistic thinking and living, in
one’s self (thank God, we are really
from this world), as well as in those
who receive the Pilgrim MTA. To know the
MTA’s mission well and the graces she
gives, is imperative for the coordinator
who wants to build a new society, to
start by forging an organic world in
their own personality and following
through to all the hearts who the Mother
of God wants to transform.
Encountered Anything Like This
For more than
twenty years I have traveled in
countries of Latin America and Europe
studying the religiosity of people. I
never found anything like the
Pozzobon phenomenon. That one simple
man conquered a million hearts to unite
monthly in a network of people praying,
is a unique deed. He started at the
bottom, in poverty, with hard work,
perspiring on the way, spread by word of
mouth, beneath the sun of an ardent and
do you remember when
you had that handful
of seeds in your hand?
to go out to sow?
they used to laugh at you,
while you tilled the field,
only for those few seeds?
when the sun was burning, and
the thirst, and the hunger?
Where did you get that passion to sow?
Where did you get the faith for the harvest?
May the degree of your love urge us.
May your commitment burn in our souls.
Esteban Uriburu, A Hero
Today, Not Tomorrow (Cape
Town, 1991), p. 23.
 Ibid, p. 23.
 Ibid, pp. 26, 71.
 Interview with Hermann Arendes, 10 October 2003.
 The four milestones of the history of Schoenstatt are of relevant importance, although not in the same way. Each one contributes in an original form to the foundation and the development of the Work.
 Interview with Deacon Ubaldo Pimentel, 28 November 2003.
 Sister M. Ivanir Castro, Adviser to the Campaign in Santa María and member of the Historic Commission of the Cause of Canonization of Deacon John Pozzobon.
 Joaquín Alliende Luco, from the prologue of 140,000 Km. Caminando con la Virgen, Salesian Press, Asuncion, Paraguay, when Father Alliende was a member of the Theological Pastoral Team of the Latin American Bishops Council, and of the Commission of Faith and Constitution of the World Council of Churches in Geneva.
Comienzos de una revolución
apostólica: tomado del
capítulo 3 de A la Conquista de
Todos los Corazones
Don Joao y la Campaña de la Virgen Peregrina de Schoenstatt
capítulo 3 de A la Conquista de
Todos los Corazones
Schoenstatt se iba expandiendo por el mundo. Las Hermanas de María iban a misionar a países lejanos. En 1935 llegan a Argentina y más tarde, en 1937, a Uruguay. Con el correr de los años experimentan que es imposible transmitir Schoenstatt sin Santuario, por lo que se deciden a construir uno en Nueva Helvecia, Uruguay –donde las Hermanas del distrito de Argentina y Uruguay tenían su casa central–, lo más fiel posible al de Alemania. Éste es bendecido en 1943. Así surgen los Santuarios filiales, réplicas del Original, que se irán multiplicando en distintos países: en 1948 en Santa María, Brasil; en 1949 en Bellavista, Santiago de Chile y en Chathcart, Sudáfrica. Cada uno de estos cuatro primeros, como los que se irían bendiciendo más tarde, se transformaban en semillero de hombres nuevos, despertando la entrega generosa de quienes se dejaban conquistar por la Madre tres veces Admirable y por la misión del P. Kentenich. Y de uno de esos santuarios, desde Santa María, Brasil, surge una personalidad muy especial, un hijo espiritual del P. Kentenich, que se sintió llamado a sumarse a la misión de Schoenstatt de llevar las glorias de María al mundo entero, para la renovación del mundo en Cristo, en forma excepcionalmente original.
Su carisma fue tan personal, su entrega tan radical, su filialidad hacia el P. Kentenich y su amor a María tan profundos, su constancia tan férrea, su pasión por Jesús tan probada, su aspiración a la santidad tan determinada y su fe en la misión tan inconmovible, que este humilde señor, que comenzó a los 45 años realizando una tarea aparentemente insignificante, terminó 35 años más tarde abriendo para la Iglesia un campo apostólico de una magnitud impresionante de trascendencia universal.
10 de septiembre de 1950: momento crucial
Visitando familias, hospitales, escuelas
y cárceles en el sur de Brasil, llegó a
la $ esta
imagen de la Virgen la increíble
cantidad de 140.000 kilómetros, la
mayoría de ellos llevando al hombro
aquella $ Peregrina de 11 kilos que
recibiera el primer día, más un bolso
con materiales de apostolado de unos
siete kilos. Nada lograba frenarlo.
- la magnitud de las dificultades,
- y la magnitud de los frutos sobrenaturales.
Virgen Peregrina estrecha vínculos,
Don Joao y la misión del 31 de Mayo vivida
Las gracias para realizarla, brotaban del Santuario.
Y la guía, la conducción, el empuje, fue María.
Don Joao creció en el mundo de Schoenstatt primero bajo la guía de los Padres Celestino Trevisán y Máximo Trevisán. A través de ellos conoció los pilares de la espiritualidad del Movimiento: el horario espiritual, el valor de los aportes al Capital de Gracias, el ideal personal, la Alianza de Amor, las gracias del Santuario… También su contacto con las Hermanas, especialmente con la Hna. M Teresinha y la Hna. M. Emanuele, fueron fuente de su conocimiento y crecimiento espiritual. Más tarde, comenzaron a tener influencia en su vida los Hermanos de María, especialmente el señor Germán Arendes, con quien compartiría muchos momentos de charla personal y de apostolado. Con el tiempo, el señor Arendes se transformó en una guía imprescindible y en un gran apoyo y compañía conductora. El P. Aquiles Rubim, rector del seminario mayor de los Palotinos, fue por muchos años director espiritual y confesor de don Joao.
Pero la principal fuente de inspiración fue para Joao el fundador de Schoenstatt. Se sintió íntimamente ligado a su persona, a su misión y a su destino. El contacto personal entre ambos fue muy escaso, pero Joao buscaba formas para relacionarse con el P. Kentenich. El 11 de julio de 1951 le envía una carta con su fotografía, “para que represente a mi persona en el Santuario –Original– de Schoenstatt, siempre que le sea posible”@. El P. Kentenich le responde a través de la Hna. M. Norberta: “… él agradece sinceramente su estimada carta y le dice que en el Santuario de la querida MTA lo ha ofrecido a Ud. y a todo lo que es suyo pidiendo la bendición y protección especiales de la Madre celestial para todas sus celosas aspiraciones”@@. El 10 de septiembre de 1980, 30 años después de haber comenzado con la Campaña, don Joao entrega en herencia a las Hermanas de María la imagen grande con la que había peregrinado por tanto tiempo, y les dice, refiriéndose a las palabras del P. Kentenich, una frase harto sencilla, pero que revela la fuente motivadora de su tarea apostólica con la Virgen Peregrina:
“… aquella maravillosa bendición fue la fuerza de esta Campaña.” @@@
Uriburu, Esteban, Héroe hoy, no
mañana, Patris Argentina, edición de
abril 2002, pág. 41
@@ Ibíd, pág. 42 @@@ Ibíd, pág. 90
Don Joao, un hombre orgánico
El hombre orgánico cultiva y cuida en primer lugar los vínculos familiares. Si bien don Joao tenía una gran misión hacia el mundo, entendió que su principal tarea era cuidar bien de su esposa y sus hijos. Así, cuando comenzó a necesitar más tiempo para la Campaña, conversó con los suyos sobre su deseo y dejó que la decisión la tomara la familia en pleno. Tanto los hijos como la esposa estaban de acuerdo en que Joao pudiera entregarse a la evangelización, y le expresaron el deseo de que se sintiera libre. Su esposa y algunos de sus hijos lo acompañaban incluso en distintas oportunidades en su apostolado. Don Joao era de gran calidez y tenía un gran amor por su familia. Recuerdan sus hijos que antes de irse a la misión, dejaba todo preparado para la familia, hachaba la leña, trabajaba la huerta, a pesar de que le decían que no se preocupara, que ellos podían hacerlo.
Entonces el 31 de Mayo es tan importante
para Schoenstatt como el 18 de octubre
de 1914 y el 20 de enero de 1942@@. Se
podría hacer algo fuera de lo común
relacionado con la misión. Se me ocurrió
una idea. ¿Me acompaña usted?
– Primero dígame qué está tramando –respondió el señor Arendes.
– No, no –respondió Joao con una sonrisa pícara–, primero quiero saber si usted está dispuesto a acompañarme.
– Bien, lo acompaño, contestó Arendes –dado que sabía que de Joao no podía venir nada malo.
– Mañana a la mañana le diré de qué se trata.
– comprendió enseguida la importancia de la misión,
– encontró al instante su inserción y protagonismo en la misma, desde una actividad anónima,
– lo hizo con picardía y gran creatividad,
– no requirió de la participación de muchos; en este caso, sólo de la suya propia y de la del señor Arendes,
– ante la magnitud de la misión, ofreció para su realización un acto heroico consistente en una gran renuncia y un caudal excepcional de oración,
– en los días y años siguientes lo complementaría con trabajo concreto en el apostolado de la Virgen Peregrina, que lleva la integralidad del hombre a todas las casas.
Entrevista al señor Germán Arendes, 10
de octubre de 2003
@@ Los cuatro hitos en la historia de Schoenstatt tienen una importancia relevante, aunque no la misma. Cada uno contribuye en forma original a la fundación y/o al desarrollo de la Obra.
Don Ubaldo y don Joao: dos hombres lloran
@ Entrevista al Diácono Ubaldo Pimentel, 28 de noviembre de 2003
La Peregrina y la misión del 31 de Mayo
@Hna. M. Ivanir Castro, Asesora de la Campaña en Santa María y miembro de la Comisión Histórica de la Causa de Canonización del diácono Joao Pozzobon
@ Alliende Luco, Joaquín, del prólogo de 140.000 Km caminando con la Virgen, Imprenta Salesiana, Asunción, Paraguay, siendo el P. Alliende miembro del equipo Teológico Pastoral del CELAM y de la Comisión de Fe y Constitución del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias en Ginebra
¿te acuerdas cuando tenías ese puñado de semillas en la mano?
¿Y del deseo irresistible de salir a sembrar?
¿Te acuerdas cuando muchos se reían de ti,
mientras arabas el campo, sólo por ese par de semillas?
¿Y del sudor cuando el sol quemaba, y de la sed, y del hambre?
¿De dónde sacaste esa pasión por la siembra?
¿De dónde esa fe en la cosecha?
Que el grado de tu amor nos cuestione.
Que tu compromiso nos queme el alma.
Joao hombre orgánico: ora et labora... contemplación y acción.
"Un hombre solo puede cambiar el mundo" Joao Pozzobon
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