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 published: 2004-05-18

She brings the graces from the Shrine - and leads people to the Shrine

Annual Convention of the Coordinators of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign in the Archdiocese of Ibadan, Nigeria - Dedication of the Shrine is scheduled for October


Misioneros de la Virgen Peregrina: Foto de grupo en el naciente Santuario de Ibadan, Nigeria

Coordinators of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign: Group photo in the growing Shrine at Ibadan, Nigeria

Koordinatoren der Pilgernden Gottesmutter: Gruppenfoto im unfertigen Heiligtum


Grupo de estudiantes de los Padres de Schoenstatt

Group of students of the Schoenstatt Fathers

Gruppe von Studenten der Schönstattpatres


Nace el primer Santuario de Nigeria

The first Schoenstatt Shrine in Nigeria is growing

Das erste Schönstatt-Heiligtum Nigerias nimmt Konturen an


La bendición del Santuario tendrá lugar el 23 de octubre

The blessing is scheduled for October 23

Die Einweihung soll am 23. Oktober sein


El futuro Santuario, encima la Casa de Formación

The future Shrine, behind: the formation house

Das zukünftige Heiligtum mit dem Studienhaus


Un grupo de estudiantes en el futuro Santuario

A group of students in the future Shrine

Eine Gruppe Theologen im zukünftigen Heiligtum


Jornada de misioneros: charla sobre el Santuario

Coordinators' Convention: Talk about the meaning of the Shrine

Koordinatoren-Treffen: Vortrag über die Bedeutung des Heiligtums


Compromiso misionero de tres nuevas misioneras

Commissioning of three new coordinators

Beauftragung von drei neuen Koordinatorinnen

Fotos: Desch © 2004




NIGERIA, Fr. Klaus Desch/Fr. Alfred Kistler. Three women and two men in April 25, 2004, were commissioned to bring the Pilgrim MTA to families in the Archdiocese of Ibadan, Nigeria. The commissioning took part during the Annual Convention of Coordinators of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign; the main subject of the meeting was the meaning of the Shrine for the Pilgrim Mother Campaign - in view of the dedication of the first Schoenstatt Shrine in Nigeria scheduled for October 23, 2004.

During the Meeting "Together for Europe" in Stuttgart, on May 8, 2004, Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community Sant'Egidio, called the movement, the church and all people of Europe to assume responsibility for Africa, and to become active in Africa. There is a new awareness of the meaning of the Schoenstatt Shrines in Africa - in South Africa, in Burundi, Tanzania, and soon in Nigeria, as well as the bigger, small or tiny beginnings in Kenya, Congo, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Chad, Ruanda, Eritrea, Benin …

Schoenstatt is present in Africa, and the graces from the Shrine reach the people there - like, for example, through the Pilgrim Mother in Nigeria.

A picture taken in the growing Shrine

April 25, 2004, the coordinators of the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign met by the growing Shrine in Ibadan. They had brought their Pilgrim MTA's, renewed their pledge, and five persons were commissioned for the first time to bring the Pilgrim Mother to the families.

Charles Ozioko gabe a talk on the meaning of the Shrine for the Pilgrim Mother. At the closing of the meeting, a picture was taken of all those working for the Pilgrim Mother, gathered in the growing Shrine - a symbol. The Pilgrim Mother brings the graces from the Shrine to many, and she will lead the people of Nigeria to the Shrine

A Shrine in construction

The roof-beams of the future Shrine are already set. Now everybody can recognize the form of the future Shrine. This little chapel has already brought much headache to the construction firm. It's a new experience to have to adjust the door at the very correct place and in that very form, to adjust the window-frames, to find fitting shingles for the roof. The workers are not used to work exactly according to construction drawings - so the bosses often have to be at the construction site to supervise the work. Good that the firm offered the work as a gift to Mary - only the material, not the work time . much more than thought before -, has to be paid.

The blessing is scheduled for October 23, 2004. The Schoenstatt Fathers are now preparing a brochure to make the new Shrine known and to invite all to collect spiritual contributions as a gift to the feast of Mary, the feast of the blessing. Nobody should come with empty hands…

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