Schoenstatt, the Origin and World Center of the International Schoenstatt Movement

Schoenstatt is an ecclesial Movement, where everyone, each according to his individual vocation and united in covenant, serves the Church and its mission and the world God has entrusted to us.

It was born in 1914 on the battle front of a world war.  A war that became the cradle for a Schoenstatt "that goes out" as Pope Francis says, which today knows and should respond to his call to go out "onto the streets."  It goes out from the shrine in the small valley, from its own community bringing a hope that is not utopian, but is expressed through practical activities and evangelical projects that are life giving and restore the dignity of the human person, irrespective of where he finds himself.  Even at the "peripheries," Schoenstatt is called to be there with all of the associated risks and dangers.

The core of Schoenstatt's foundation is the covenant of love with Mary, the Mother of God.

This covenant of love generates culture and covenant culture is the unique expression of our way of life and work, our attachment to God, to people, to nature and culture, to the Church and the world, which always departs from the covenant of love.

Schoenstatt's commitment to this covenant culture that inspires it to go out from the shrines to the existential peripheries to "sanctuarize" the world, as Pope Francis says.


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