Ladies of Schoenstatt
Life in the Covenant – Right in the Center
“We belong on the street… We go right to the center,” this is how the founder, Father Joseph Kentenich, characterized what he expected of the Secular Institute “Ladies of Schoenstatt”, consecrated life according to the evangelical counsels among people who often think differently and with values that differ. They remain in their professions and want to actively contribute to the Christian formation of their environment.
Founded in 1946, the international community is part of the Schoenstatt Movement and is formed by this spirituality. Their model is Mary. In the covenant of love with her, the members walk the path of following Christ in the midst of the world and their professions. Spiritual life and apostolic commitment are mutually dependent and complementary.
The symbol of the vocation and mission of every member of the Ladies of Schoenstatt is the Unity Cross, symbol of the living bond with Jesus and the Blessed Mother. This cross recalls and visualizes the deepest source of community.
Since the members generally live alone, personal contacts, regular meetings, and continuous spiritual accompaniment are indispensable aids. The shrine at the Central House in Schoenstatt is a spiritual home and a place of strengthening. A deep inner bond with the community, which sees itself as a family, and the identification with the mission of the Institute give strength to the necessary commitment.
The Institute of the Ladies of Schoenstatt is present in:
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Congo, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.
Latin America: https://www.señoradeschoenstatt.org/