Resuming Our Mission


Sofia Benegas, Diocesan Coordinator of the Schoenstatt Family in the Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia area, is also a missionary of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother. She shares with us how she resumed her mission with the Pilgrim MTA on Saturday, July 25.


Zuelma Gonzalez was supposed to receive the image. She belongs to my group of Schoenstatt Mothers. She is faithfully committed to pray the Rosary daily. Because the pandemic has been such a unique time, Zulema and I were wearing our face masks, keeping distance from each other. Zulema surprised me when she came out to her porch of her house with a pearl necklace—very fitting to receive our Mother and Queen. It was a very sunny morning. We coordinated the handing over of the image as something that can be imitated by others: no hugs and kisses upon greeting each other. We are in the midst of a pandemic! It was rather express!

Santos Elvia, another missionary from the Washington DC area, who also restarted the rotation of the image on Saturday, July 25, tells us:

I began to rotate my image today. I brought to someone who is sick. I simply left it on the porch and watched when she came over to pick it up. My friend has been struggling with her health, therefore I don’t have any photos of her.

It is a joy to be a missionary! The MTA has changed my life. She has truly worked miracles during this time of the pandemic. I was able to purchase a new house. Also, my husband has returned to life, so to say, after being in the clutches of death. All four of us, at home, were infected with the coronavirus, my two daughters, a 3-year-old and a 12-year-old, my husband, and I. My husband almost died from the virus. Having the MTA in my home brought us so much peace. Trust has returned to our home among us. I can say, I now live for Christ and for the Blessed Mother. I am willing to take her anywhere she is needed. Wherever she wants me to take care, I will go!