About Schoenstatt

The spirituality of Schoenstatt is decidedly marked by a practical faith in Divine Providence in daily life and by faith in the organism of attachments to persons, places, and ideals.


Decades before the Second Vatican Council, Father Kentenich foresaw with clarity that the Church needed persons and communities who were interiorly formed - and not formed in relation to their surroundings. He envisioned persons and communities who in the "spirit of being children of God" would know how to personally decide for God.

Schoenstatt considers that one of its main tasks is to keep alive the spirit of the Council and to take it to the life of the Church. Its specific work deals with creating pedagogical conditions which promote a faith which can be applied to daily life. Along with other practical means for the education of the personality, the Schoenstatt spirituality offers above all formation supported on life itself; through events, persons, and encounters, the God of life calls us to act.

In the Covenant of Love and in the attachment to the different Schoenstatt Shrines, men and women find a home in the merciful love of God which is a firm foundation for apostolic activity. They surrender themselves to the redeeming love of Christ which urges them toward evangelization.

Father Kentenich emphasized this in harmony with the Council. The objective is to form the world from within and in the Holy Spirit to carry within oneself a religious atmosphere directed toward one's surroundings. In this way, Schoenstatt secures the creation of a climate in which men and women, Christian men and women, decide freely, take initiatives, treat each other and the world with responsibility and rejoice in the variety of vocations and charisms.

In 2020, an article was published bringing up allegations against Fr. Kentenich that had been addressed previously.  Below is a transcript of the article, along with a statement from the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.