A Place, a Movement, a Way of Life, a Mission
Schoenstatt, in the town of Vallendar near Koblenz, Germany, is the place of origin and the world center of the International Schoenstatt Movement. Every day pilgrims from all over the world travel to the Original Shrine, the center of Schoenstatt, both as a Marian place of pilgrimage and as an International Ecclesial Movement with twenty independent communities.
In Schoenstatt, people are looking for orientation, a home, renewed strength, and spirit to live their faith in everyday life as a way for bringing the love of Christ to the world. Schoenstatt originates in the Covenant of Love with Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Father Joseph Kentenich (1885 - 1968) along with a group of young men from the Pallotine Seminary, founded Schoenstatt when their young sodality sealed their Covenant of Love with the Blessed Mother on October 18, 1914.
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