Schoenstatt Community of Working Women
Apostolic Movement Schoenstatt
The Schoenstatt Community of Working Women consists of single women whose main field of activity and apostolate is the world of work in the power of the Covenant of Love. Following the example of Mary, Virgin, and Mother, we want to be, as Father Kentenich put it: “the extended arm of Schoenstatt in the world”. In order to achieve this, we strive to educate ourselves in everyday life and with the pedagogical means that we have received from our Father and Founder, following the example of Mary.
When the coronation current in our family was becoming, a tabernacle for the Original Shrine was the coronation gift of the Women’s Apostolic League. This event was so profound for the life of our community that the tabernacle became our symbol and ideal. Following the example of Mary, the first living tabernacle, each member of our state strives to become a living tabernacle that preserves Christ within and brings him to his brothers and sisters. The ideals of our community in different countries of the world are proof of this.
The Community strives to put into practice the following words which our Father and Founder addressed to it in 1945:
“What do we want as the Schoenstatt Women’s League? … We want to become small MTA pictures in our own way and help to form and shape small MTA pictures everywhere… So what do we want? To represent a living tabernacle and to make sure that as many living tabernacles as possible arise around us. All those who in any way give their name, their strength and their love to the League should not only help to donate the tabernacles with us but represent a single large tabernacle.” (J.
K. lecture, 6.10.1945)
We can achieve this if we are anchored in the Covenant of Love and thus in God, our Father, and if we strive every day to become a living tabernacle open to God, and also a living tabernacle open to our fellow human beings, worshipping Jesus present in the hearts of our brothers and sisters and worshipping Him even where no one else does.