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Schoenstatt is …

A Place

Schoenstatt is a German word meaning “beautiful place”. Schoenstatt is a religious center, a place of pilgrimage, a Shrine dedicated to Mary.


A way of life

Schoenstatt offers a way of life in the covenant of love. “God is love” (1 John 4:16) and He invites us into a living relationship with him.


A Movement

Father Kentenich founded Schoenstatt as a “movement of renewal which, from Schoenstatt, is to form the Church and world into Christ , as Mary did.”


Latest News

All Night Vigil

Cape Town Family revives all night vigils to pray for the world

Cape Town Family revives all night vigils to pray for the world Do you ever look around at the world and feel completely hopeless? I work in media, and there[…]

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Impulses for Daily Living 3/2017

Click here to download the latest newsletter Father Joseph Kentenich – Founder of the International Schoenstatt Movement -was born on November 16, 1885, in Gymnich near Cologne and died on[…]

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Let go – Capture something greater

Let go- Capture something greater Sr. M. Emilie August Newsletter 2017 The biography of Sister Emilie shows facets of a successful, but often difficult life. She had to let go[…]

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Bicentennial celebrations

Opening of the bicentennial Celebrations It is hard to believe that the Catholic Church in Southern Africa is only 200 years old. Despite the fact that the catholic community is only a[…]

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From Small Beginnings

History of Schoenstatt

Born in an anonymous town on the banks of the River Rhine in Germany, Schoenstatt has grown to be worldwide movement of consecrated people at the service of life – both in the Church and society at large.

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Fr. Kentenich

Joseph Kentenich, born near Cologne, Germany on 16 November 1885, came from very humble beginnings but God chose him to become the founder of an international Movement

A picture of grace

In every Schoenstatt Shrine a large picture of Mary hangs above the altar. The title of this picture is: Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt – MTA!