"An authentic Marian spirituality leads to a deep love for the Church."

Pope John Paul II in 1985 during an audience to the Schoenstatt Family


A family – a home – a way to Jesus at the hand of Mary

Schoenstatt is a movement of renewal in the Catholic Church that embraces the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the example and guidance of Mary. Schoenstatt was founded on October 18, 1914, by Father Joseph Kentenich in a small chapel in the Schoenstatt valley, located in the Rhine region of West-central Germany. The word “Schoenstatt” means beautiful (schön) place (statt).

Deeply devoted to Mary, the Schoenstatt Movement has repeatedly experienced new venues for a vibrant relationship in Christ and the Holy Spirit, with God the Father. Through a personal bond with Mary (covenant of love), a renewal of love on all levels leads to generous service and love for the Church.

It tries to connect faith with daily life and is a spiritual family whose many branches and communities unite to form a large, international Schoenstatt family. There are members from all vocations and ways of life.

Covenant of love

God express his love in specific relationships, opening to us his saving power.
Salvation history provides many examples of these covenants, culminating in the covenant offered in the redeeming life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Schoenstatt’s covenant of love with Mary is an original form that gives vibrant expression to, safeguards, and is a means of cultivating our covenant relationship with God.

Since the first covenant of love between Father Kentenichs  students and the blessed Mother in 1914, entered thousands of people, until today, all over the world this covenant. They want to live on Marys hand and allow her to guide them to Jesus and teach them to live a life full of love and devotion for Jesus and the world.

The Shrine – a place of grace

As a place of grace, Schoenstatt has touched the lives of millions of pilgrims. The Schoenstatt Shrine is the movement’s spiritual home and center of life. The chapel is dedicated to Mary as Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen, and Victress of Schoenstatt. In addition to the Original Shrine in Germany, there are over 200 replica daughter shrines around the world where people gather for prayer, renewal, and inspiration.

The Spirituality

As a unique spirituality in the Church, Schoenstatt has contributed to the holiness of men and women since 1914. Its characteristic features have proven effective for living the faith today. Schoenstatt's covenant spirituality is based on a sound personal relationship with God, Mary, and fellow human beings. Through instrument spirituality, Christian discipleship becomes tangible, in reaching out and encountering others.
Through a spirituality of everyday sanctity our Catholic faith transforms everyday life through the virtues of faith, hope, and love.

The Founder

Father Joseph Kentenich (1885-1968) was born in Gymnich, Germany on November 16, 1885 and became a Pallottine priest in 1910. He was a gifted educator who developed a bond of trust with his students.
Through it, he conveyed his deep love for Mary to them and led them to fervent love of God. Discerning God's will in the signs of the time, Father Kentenich and his students entered into a covenant of love with Mary in the Original Shrine. That moment was the beginning and lasting foundation of the Schoenstatt Movement.

On September 15, 1968, the feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, immediately after celebrating holy Mass, he was called home to eternity. At his request, the words Dilexit Ecclesiam (He loved the Church) were inscribed on his tomb.

Schoenstatt- a way of life

The Schoenstatt Movement includes priests, consecrated and single men and women, couples, mothers, university students, and youth. Members and pilgrims of all ages are given the possibility of participating in discussion groups that meet regularly, days of reflection, camps and family activities, retreats, and pilgrimages.
Through Schoenstatt's shrines and centers, many receive inspiration, formation, and an experience of the Church as a family of God.
Schoenstatt provides a strong network of support and spiritual nourishment for Christian families and individuals who seek to place their faith at the heart of daily life.
For many of its members, Schoenstatt is a way of life that enables them to live their calling to holiness, Christ.

This video shows some impressions
from the international Schoenstatt family,
especially from the 100. Jubilee 2014 in Schoenstatt.