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Impulses for daily living

50 Years ago. The last hour in the life of Father Kentenich. It was a Sunday morning, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The bells on Mount Schoenstatt, sounding[…]

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Father Kentenich – one who enables us to love

Impulses for Daily Living 2|2018 Father Kentenich –  one who enables us to love   Father Kentenich had space in his heart to take in the most different persons. Without[…]

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Youth yearn for “safe spaces”!

Youth yearn for “safe spaces” to discover their authenticity Young people today need a safe space where they can be authentic, where they can truly be themselves. These were the[…]

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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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Find our five Shrines in South Africa

Places of Pilgrimage and Prayer

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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.”

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!