The Schoenstatt Men’s Federation
Shaping the Earth - Living in Daily Life Out of Faith!
The Schoenstatt Men’s Federation is a life-long lay community of married and single men. The way of life of the federation of communities was initiated in Hoerde (Dortmund; Germany) in 1919. From that arose the Schoenstatt Men’s Federation.
As a federation community, the members are called to engage as leading personalities in the service of the Schoenstatt Family and the Church, for the evangelization of society and the world. Everyone remains in his usual everyday life with his family and profession, but his personal engagement in profession, Church, parish, is in service of Schoenstatt ideals.
The central elements of the community are the religious, communal, and apostolic character of its members. The calling to the Men’s Federation includes the endeavour to be children of God and to be true fathers in the family as well as to people in everyday life. The spirit of the times and the changing life situations are constantly pondered, and answers are sought in the pronouncements of the Church and the educational norms of our father and founder.
The members of the Men’s Federation, by joining, constitute a community for life, which is referred to as a course. They remain in a lively contact with each other through regional groups that meet monthly.
There are currently Men’s Federations in Germany, Switzerland, Chile, and Argentina.