International Apostolic Schoenstatt Family Federation
Living and sharing faith as a family
Father Joseph Kentenich (1885 – 1968) founded the Family Federation in 1950 together with a group of young families as an independent community within the International Schoenstatt Movement, which he had founded in 1914. For him, the family is the nucleus of every healthy order in the Church and society.
In the meantime, more than 1,800 families worldwide belong to our community. They come from 19 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rica, the United States, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Puerto Rico, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.
The members are united by the joy of the vocation to marriage and family. They seek to shape life by the power of the sacrament of marriage and in this way follow Christ. They are inspired by the spirituality of the Schoenstatt Movement, which finds its basis in the teaching of Father Joseph Kentenich. The focus is on a personal, living relationship with God as a loving Father. Devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary, who is venerated as a mother and educator and with whom a covenant of love is sealed, has a special significance.
The goal of our community is the education and formation of Christian personalities in the sense of the Catholic lay apostolate, which assumes responsibility in the Church and society and which is committed to serve others. It urges us to pass on to others our faith, the Good News of Jesus Christ, from which we ourselves live. We aspire to work in our society for a strengthening and renewal of marriage and family. But we also want, according to our abilities and possibilities, to participate in and shape the professional world, public life, and parishes. In all our efforts and our commitment to others, our primary attention is to our children.
The International Apostolic Schoenstatt Family Federation is one of the core communities of the Schoenstatt Movement and is particularly committed to serve the Schoenstatt Family League with its manifold activities to strengthen marriage and the family.
In a time of varying worldviews, values, and lifestyles, the members desire to strengthen each other. They offer support and assist each other in spiritual growth as individual personalities and as married couples. The community also supports efforts to pass on faith to children. In the Family Federation, the children experience a community in which God and faith naturally belong.
The international Family Federation has its headquarters at Josef-Kentenich-Hof, near the neighboring town of Hillscheid in the Westerwald very close to Vallendar-Schoenstatt.