Schoenstatt was founded the youth, with boys to be sure, but still with young people. The Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth officially came into being August 15, 1931, and it made its way to the US in the late fifties.
The goal of a Schoenstatt girl is to be a reflection of Mary, in essence a little Mary. The ideal of the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth here in the US is to be a Holy Springtime of the Father. In this culture of death that is around us we want to bring new life, new hope, new strength, an enlivening of who we are as persons, as children of a father, our God.
Every year the high school and college level Schoenstatt Girls gather together for a retreat to find a motto for the coming year to guide us in attaining our great ideal: another Mary in our world! As Schoenstatt Girls we meet in our respective groups once a month. These groups have their own ideal and symbol. Throughout the year there are camps and retreats run by the Schoenstatt Sisters open to any Catholic girl belonging to or who is interested in Schoenstatt.
Schoenstatt helps us as youth to make our faith our own. It helps us bring our faith into our daily lives. Through the covenant of love, Mary becomes our educator as well as our Mother and Queen. We give ourselves to her to form and lead as she will. Our world needs people who will stand for what they believe, people who know what they believe; people who believe in something good. Schoenstatt is a place of formation for these people. Mary will form us to into who we are.