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 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, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
The members are united by the joy of the vocation to marriage and family. They want to shape life from the power of the sacrament of marriage and in this way follow Christ. They are inspired by the spirituality of the Schoenstatt Movement, which goes back to Father Joseph Kentenich. The focus is on a personal, living a relationship with God as a loving Father. The Blessed Mother Mary, who is venerated as a mother and educator and with whom a Covenant of Love is sealed, has a special meaning.
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 is committed to others. It urges us to pass on to others our faith, the Good News of Jesus Christ, from which we ourselves live. We want to work in our society for 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 the Schoenstatt Family Movement with its manifold activities to strengthen marriage and the family.
In a time of different worldviews, values and lifestyles, the members want to strengthen each other. They want to support and assist each other in spiritual growth as personalities and as married couples. The community also strengthens the effort to pass on faith to children. In the Family Federation, the children experience a community in which God and faith naturally belong.
Very close to Vallendar-Schoenstatt, in the neighbouring town of Hillscheid in the Westerwald, the international Family Federation has its headquarters, the Josef-Kentenich-Hof.
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