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Constantia Shrine

A New Beginning

As a result of the movement’s desire to experience a Covenant Mass, the doors of the Sisters House Chapel were opened for such a Covenant Mass for the first time[…]

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Original Shrine

Message from Fr Catoggio President of the General Presidium

SCHÖNSTATT INTERNATIONAL GENERALPRÄSIDIUM Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, President General Presidium of the International Schoenstatt Work Statement on abuse accusations against Father Josef Kentenich This statement was prompted by accusations against[…]

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Listening to the talks

October Weekend – Part two

On Saturday morning, 5th November, we, the Schoenstatt Family, gathered once again at the Provincial House of the Schoenstatt Sisters. The Schoenstatt Mothers’ Union organised the registration and, to our[…]

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October Weekend Delegates

Annual October Weekend

Every year members of the Schoenstatt Movement come together in October to review the past year and to prepare for the coming year! You may ask, don’t we usually do[…]

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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!