Welcome to Schoenstatt a Catholic lay movement that strives to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the example and guidance of Mary, the Mother of God. Schoenstatt was founded in Germany in 1914, and now across the world there are over 200 Schoenstatt Shrines reaching all nationalities. In Australia across NSW, VIC and WA we have been blessed with 3 Schoenstatt Shrines providing you a natural and supernatural home. You will experience tranquility, peace and most of all our Lady of Schoenstatt, the Mother of God.
Schoenstatt NSW Family is especially excited by the year 2014 as we are leading closer to 100 years Celebration of the original Founding of Schoenstatt in Germany. There are many continued monthly Covenant events along with special weekend retreats and even day events that will offer an opportunity to gather together and spiritually connect with Our Blessed Mother and Father.
Please check back here regularly for any upcoming events.
The First to Witness the Arrival of Schoenstatt's Second Century
Under a star filled sky, Australia was the first country in the world to welcome the arrival of Schoenstatt's second century on October 18, 2014. Weekend events planned for Saturday 18 and Sunday 19, echoed St Paul’s words found in Colossians 3:15
"ALWAYS BE THANKFUL"
Branches of the Schoenstatt Movement Celebrated Together
Movement members of the various branches gathered together to celebrate the Eucharist on the great day of the centenary. At the offertory procession, a representative from each branch bought a symbol of the groups' striving, placing it at the foot of the altar.
Significant Happenings Remembered
At the evening meal, meaningful memories from the past were recalled and savoured. Four speakers captured the attention of all, as they retraced the development of the Movement here in Sydney, and mentioned what could become future goals, before all stood to toast the arrival of Schoenstatt's second century.
Pilgrims Celebrated on Sunday 19 October
Hundreds of pilgrims were greeted by a large MTA picture on their arrival. No matter where one was, the picture behind the altar was visible. Half an hour before the celebration of the Eucharist, six young people presented a meaningful reflection, focusing on what it means to dedicate one's eyes, ears, mouth and heart to our Mother Thrice Admirable.
An amazing stillness that lasted almost nine minutes seemed to descend on the crowd gathered in front of the Shrine. At 10.30am, the choir began the opening hymn. Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Apostolic Delegate of Australia, was the main celebrant. Having previously ministered in Burundi, the Archbishop mentioned his time there, having experienced the Shrine as a place of prayer, hope and reconciliation in times of danger and tension.
The petitions in the Prayers of the Faithful mirrored the needs and the variety of languages spoken by those present, showing that our Mother Thrice Admirable has indeed drawn people from a variety of national backgrounds to her Shrine in Mulgoa.
A Multicultural Celebration
Songs and dances presented in the afternoon included items originally from Spain, India, Germany, Philippines and Bangladesh. In both song and dance, all were united in praise and thanksgiving to God, for the gift of Schoenstatt one hundred years ago.
Mother Thrice Admirable, We Trust You!
Bringing the celebrations to a close, each family had the opportunity to write a request before attaching it to a balloon and sending it heavenwards.
Every year in May, we return to Schoenstatt Shrine in Mulgoa, to renew our Covenant with Our Mother, and she brings us a sense of rejuvenation to go out in the world to take her on our various journeys amongst our Pilgrim Mother Families.
This 2014 year is a Special Year for Schoenstatt's History. This is where the Schoenstatt Family comes together to Celebrate the 100 years of the Foundation of Schoenstatt!!!
A Glorious Day: Sunday 18th May 2014 - Annual Marian Pilgrimage - Celebrating Schoenstatt's Centenary. Pontifical High Mass with Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Eucharistic Procession with four altars from the valley to the Shrine, Final Benediction at the Shrine. There was an alternative program with Anointing of the Sick and Elderly at the Shrine.