What is Schoenstatt?
A beautiful place
A Place Of Grace
A Place of Pilgrimage
"Shelter me in your richness!"
A Beautiful Place
Schoenstatt is a German word meaning “beautiful place”, it is a place of grace and pilgrimage a religious centre and a Shrine dedicated to Mary. The first Schoenstatt shrine, called the Original, or Mother Shrine is located in Germany, near Koblenz on the river Rhine. Furthermore, it has become an international centre welcoming pilgrims from all over the world and hosting international events. During the past one hundred years all over the world replicas of the first Shrine have been built and blessed and the places where they have been erected have been named Schoenstatt. Thus these places have become spiritual centres of the international Apostolic Movement.
"The power of the Most High will overshadow you."
A place of grace
Although God is everywhere he often chooses places to encounter us. Many have testified that from the Schoenstatt Shrine they have received graces and blessings. It offers us those graces in particular which we need to become free and firm personalities. In every Shrine our Eucharistic Lord is present in the tabernacle, and Our Blessed Mother dwells there in a special way. She is venerated under the title: Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt.
"God's power can transform man completly."
A Place of Pilgrimage
A pilgrimage is a journey a pilgrim makes to a sacred place for the purpose of encountering God, bringing petitions and offerings. Through the prayers and sacrifices of the first Schoenstatt members, Schoenstatt has become a place of pilgrimage and a place of encounter with the Blessed Mother and God our loving Father. Throughout the world, the doors of the Shrine are open welcoming people from all different backgrounds to spend a moment in prayer. Therefore thousands of people cross the threshold of the Shrine each day bringing their prayers and gifts of love. Some people make yearly, monthly, weekly and even daily pilgrimages to Our Blessed Mother experiencing a time of peace in their lives and receiving answers to their prayers.