Spirituality and Mission Awareness
The Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Fathers is one of more than 20 different communities of the International Schoenstatt Work.
Many of the Schoenstatt Fathers came to know Schoenstatt through their belonging to Schoenstatt as youths, which is why each of them has an inner identification with Schoenstatt. The vocation of discipleship is linked to the service of the Movement: As a community of priests, they are called to serve the international Schoenstatt Family and its projects. There are many ways to work for the Church in the current context. Their path is that of the covenant of love and faith in God’s guidance.
The Schoenstatt Fathers have the task to further develop the charism of Father Joseph Kentenich in the world of today. This includes involvement in schools and social projects, as well as other initiatives that contribute to the education and formation of people all over the world.
The Fathers live from the sources of Schoenstatt’s spirituality. They identify with the person of the founder, Father Joseph Kentenich, and orient themselves on his experience of God, his mission consciousness, and his love for the Church. Father Kentenich’s relationship with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is a model for them; his pastoral style is orientation in action.
The community was founded as a secular institute on July 18, 1965, making it the youngest Schoenstatt community. Meanwhile, it is approved as a secular institute under papal law. This means that the members of the Institute are incardinated and can be appointed worldwide by their superiors. Depending on their pastoral tasks or internal community ministries, the members live in house communities (filiations) or as individuals (externs) at their place of assignment. In the countries and on continents, the members are organized in delegations, regions, and provinces each with their own leadership structures. The International Generalate has its seat in their central house, the Father’s House, in Schoenstatt, Germany, the place of foundation.
Currently, the members live in 19 countries and serve the Schoenstatt Movement in about 20 other countries.
These include Argentina, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, Ecuador, England, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Austria, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the United States.