Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother
With the main objective of evangelizing families and individuals, the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother, also known as the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign, reaches out to everyone, promoting Christian values and renewing the life of prayer in homes, schools, and wherever people search for God. As part of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt, this apostolate is one of the most effective ways of making a reality the new evangelization needed in our modern times.
It began in Brazil in the year 1950, in the Schoenstatt Shrine of Santa Maria, Brazil. In 1976 it extended to other countries in South America. In the year 1985 for the centennial celebration of Father Joseph Kentenich’s birth (founder of Schoenstatt, 1885-1968) the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign was launched at an international level. Since then it has continued to spread through all continents with the same strength as it did at the beginning.
When the image of the Mother Thrice Admirable is blessed and sent out from the Schoenstatt Shrine, it is similar to Mary who went to visit her cousin Elizabeth bringing the presence of Christ with her. Mary, too, carries Christ into our homes, serves our spiritual needs, and works miracles by interceding for us before the throne of God.
In addition to encouraging the Rosary prayer, the apostolate of the Pilgrim Mother promotes our consecration to Mary. In Schoenstatt we do this through a covenant of love with Mary.
70th Anniversary of
the Birth of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother
Watch the Documentary on John Pozzobon
Find here the texts in English and Spanish for the Thanksgiving Liturgy today at 12:00pm (central time) and the Rosary tonight at 8:00pm (Central time)
On Thursday, September 10, we will unite across the USA, to commemorate 70 years of the birth of the powerful stream of graces that has reached us through the campaign of the Pilgrim Mother. The program, as you have seen, will include
- Celebration of Holy Mass at noon (central time)
- Documentary about John Pozzobon
- Rosary of Light, in front of the International Shrine of the Father Kingdom, Waukesha.
Regardless of where we are, we are able to open our hearts for the graces which the Blessed Mother wants to give us that day. Just as the God chose John Pozzobon as a special instrument to carry the image of Christ and Mary to countless people in Brazil, God chooses and uses each missionary today to fulfill the same mission. As we prepare for this celebration on September 10, there are two important details to take into consideration.
On the one hand, we should not forget that Sister M. Teresinha was able to entrust the task of visiting the families with the image of the MTA to John because he knew exactly where Mary was needed most. He was very familiar with the people in need and very much aware of who needed to learn to pray, to grow in faith, and to rely on God’s goodness in their great need. Could we not ask John Pozzobon to intercede for us in a special way that we are much more attentive and open to the people in need – not just the need, as though no individual stood behind the need. Unemployment, sickness, and lack of sacraments are circumstances that people can experience as tribulation. But, the person in need is someone who is unemployed, someone who is sick, someone who needs the sacraments. This was what distinguished John Pozzobon. He knew the people, not just their need. The Blessed Mother traveled on his shoulder to reach out to them. Can she travel today, too, on my Facebook, on my bag, on my smile, on a phone call, through so many means at our disposal… and reach out to those in need?
Sofia Benegas, Diocesan Coordinator of the Schoenstatt Family in the Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia area, is also a missionary of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother. She shares with us how she resumed her mission with the Pilgrim MTA on Saturday, July 25.
Love for Mary Enkindles Love for Christ!
All missionaries of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother are called to join the international crowning stream of #Coronamater as a response to the coronavirus. Our trust in the MTA moves us to place this great concern into her hands.
Stay home! Pray the Rosary! Crown the Pilgrim MTA!
With this simple threefold admonition we can contribute so much to our world in crisis.
Rotation of the Pilgrim MTA
The Home Shrine Network
Today, if we include the heart shrines and the pilgrim MTA shrines as part of this network, we can say that every state of the USA is connected to this web.
Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother active in the Pacific Northwest
What is the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother doing 2000 to 1400 miles away from the nearest daughter shrine in the Pacific Northwest?
Re-commissioning of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother
Missionaries were recommissioned in the Pacific Northwest at the end of January 2020, at two parishes in the Baker Diocese: Hermiston and Boardman.
Reaching Out to Everyone
At Your Service!
If you are interested in becoming a missionary or in receiving the image of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother, find the contact information for the coordinator nearest you right here.
If you need printed information about Schoenstatt, its history or later developments, you can find that here, too.
If you need to purchase MTA prints, medals, novenas, or reading material for your groups, you can find that right here, too.
W 284 N698 Cherry Lane
Waukesha, WI 53188
For all other questions please call:
Best time to call: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
between 3:00 – 6:00 PM.