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The Record April 24, 2013

SCHOENSTATT FATHER SYMBOL VISITS ST FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH HILBERT

St Francis Xavier Parish, Hilbert was privileged to welcome the travelling Schoenstatt Father Symbol on it’s Australian tour last week-end. The symbol arrived with Schoenstatt Father, Fr Prabhu from the Shrine at Mulgoa, NSW. Parish Priest Fr Kazimierz Stuglik prepared parishioners for this historic visit, happy to host the symbol on its brief visit in WA; inviting the Schoenstatt Sisters to share the symbol’s rich meaning at all Holy Masses. Parishioners came to prayerfully venerate the symbol, receiving a commemorative card for the occasion. From here the symbol continues to travel Australia and New Zealand.

The Schoenstatt Father Symbol depicts the ancient ‘Eye of God the Father’ found in many churches throughout Europe is also installed in two hundred Schoenstatt Shrines throughout the world. It carries the joyful message that God our heavenly Father loves each of us as ‘the apple of his eye’ (Psalm 17:8).
This particular symbol was a gift from Schoenstatt’s founder, Fr Kentenich in 1967. With the founder’s unexpected death in 1968, the symbol began its first world pilgrimage. Countries who had long awaited a personal visit from the founder after his exile, now welcomed the symbol as his personal gift.
In 2009 it began a second world pilgrimage, visiting all Schoenstatt Shrines to spiritually prepare, unite and invite the entire Schoenstatt Movement to celebrate Schoenstatt’s Founding Hour in 2014. It has visited Costa Rica; Brazil; Argentina; Chile and Austria and this year travels India; Italy; USA; Mexico; Philippines;
Australia; New Zealand and the Dominican Republic, touring Europe in 2014.

Schoenstatt Family members David and Philomena Theseira said:
‘It is an exciting time for us to host the ‘Father Symbol’ on its international journey.
A group of us eagerly welcomed it at Perth airport and accompanied it to the
Mt Richon Shrine, transported in a limousine.
A highlight was seeing the symbol in the Shrine and carrying it in procession at
St Francis Xavier Holy Mass.
It brought with it great enthusiasm for Schoenstatt’s 2014 Jubilee Year.’