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Impulses for daily living

A Heart United with GodCommemoration in Rome of the 50th Anniversary of Father Kentenich’s DeathThis remembrance day was commemorated in Schoenstatt and in many places in the wide world prior[…]

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Schoenstatt Girls Youth Pamper Day Fundraiser (1 of 1)

Schoenstatt’s Spirituality and the Formation of the Whole Person

FundraiserDuring February, the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth organized a fundraiser to raise money for an outreach project at a nearby parish with fewer resources. The girls gave up their Sunday to[…]

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Light for the World

No time of the year is as strongly marked by humanity’s longing for light, for brightness, for silence, as the time of Advent. For many Christians, this time before Christmas[…]

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Father Joseph Kentenich- one who lived out of joy

Joy in the midst of joylessness Almost as if written on his face, Father Kentenich consistently reflected serenity, cheerfulness, and joy. This inner attitude attracted many people. How was it[…]

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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!