Ladies of Schoenstatt
Life in the Covenant – Right in the Middle
“We belong on the street… We go right in the middle,” thus the founder, Fr. Joseph Kentenich put into words what he wanted with the Secular Institute “Ladies of Schoenstatt”: consecrated life according to the evangelical counsels among people who often think differently and values that are also different. They remain in their vocations and thus want to participate in the Christian formation of their environment.
Founded in 1946, the international community is part of the Schoenstatt Movement and lives from this spirituality. The model is Mary. In the Covenant of Love with her, the members walk the path of following Christ. Spiritual life and apostolic commitment are mutually dependent and complementary.
The sign 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. It recalls the deepest source of community.
Since the members mostly 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 gives 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/