Schoenstatt Federation of Women
These women live in a covenant with one another
The Schoenstatt Federation of Women is a community based upon the spirituality of Schoenstatt. Their example and companion on the way is Mary who, as the mother of Jesus,is the woman in a covenant with God.
The origin of the Federation of Woman is the founding of the “Apostolic Union” in 1919. Onthe 8th of December 1920, Gertraud of Bullion and Maria Christmann, in a privateconsecration to the Mother Thrice Admirable, presented themselves as the first womenmembers of Schoenstatt for this foundation.
Today the Schoenstatt Movement has branched out with independent branches for all walks of life. The Federation of Women is one of those branches. It consists of unmarriedwomen who form a community of life, but without living in community. The members of the Federation of Women usually live alone and work in various professions and countries. Theyare found in following countries: Germany, Argentine, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Paraguay, Poland, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland.
In the belief of God’s calling and by a mindful decision these women live “in the modern world, in a totally worldly world” (J. Kentenich). But they do not want to identify with this world: their lives, in the midst of the world, should become a sign of their covenant with God.