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Advent Reflection

Watch, pray with us and enjoy this unique Advent Reflection. 

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advent calendar

You are worth it – a journey through Advent

Every year the Schoenstatt Girls Youth have held an Advent Rally Day for primary School Girls. Due to the current Corona pandemic, this is not possible. However, we still want[…]

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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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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!