Welcome to Schoenstatt
A Place, A Movement, A Way of Life, A Mission
Visit the original Schoenstatt
The word “Schoenstatt” comes from German and means “beautiful” (schön) and “place” (statt). The earliest known reference to this valley is found in a historical document from year 1143, where it is called “eyne schoene statt”, that is, a beautiful place.
“Open your heart for the spirit of God, so that He may change the course of the world.”
- Fr. Kentenich, Founder of the Movement
« I admired his openness, his concept of the Church by which he felt called to listen to the voice of the times, to question old and revered attitudes of the Church if they no longer seemed to communicate Christ’s message to the people of today. Possibly without being aware of it, he was a forerunner of Vatican II. However, everything he taught because of his love for the Church cost him a great deal of suffering… I believe that I met an authentic man of God, a saint.” Cardinal Raul Silva
Mary as the “swiftest, shortest, surest way to Christ” (J.K)
« In the shadow of the Shrine, the destiny of the Church for centuries will be decided. » (J.K.)
Covenant of Love
“Nothing without you, MTA, nothing without us”
Capital of Grace
« For the body of Christ, the Church, I supplement in my earthly life what is still lacking in the sufferings of Christ. » (Col 1:24)
“I must be responsible for the realization of religion in everyday life. Workday Sanctity” J.K.
Practical Faith in Divine Providence
« Practical faith in Divine Providence brings us countless times during our everyday life into the most vivid contact with the living God.”
To be a Christian means to be called to bear witness to God in this world. Each individual is called to do this in his or her own way, with his or her own abilities and strengths, in his or her own field of life. Schoenstatt wants to shape culture worldwide, to create a covenant culture that unites man with God in a new way.
There are five fields of life, which are particularly important to us. This is why we try to bring all our initiatives and projects around the world together: