Mothers are the heart of the home. Our founder, Father Joseph Kentenich, realized that all mothers have both a special charism and a special obligation to the family, to the Church, and to the world.
The mothers’ branch of the Schoenstatt Movement was founded in Germany in the early 1930s, and came to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the late 1960s. Under the guidance of the Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen, and Victress of Schoenstatt, mothers learn about and grow ever more fully into their mission as heart of the home.
The Schoenstatt spirituality is unfolded through monthly small group meetings along with retreats and days of recollection that are sponsored by the mothers’ league each year to help deepen the covenant of love and commitment to the Church and to the goals of Schoenstatt.
Schoenstatt mothers serve in a variety of roles in their parishes: They are Directors of Religious Education, they teach Christian formation classes, make hot lunches for school children, sit on the PTOs or PTAs for their parish schools, set up Eucharistic adoration, aid grieving families with funeral planning and meals, clean churches, play instruments and sing for the liturgical celebrations, lead the rosary, visit the sick, are Eucharistic ministers, plan and help run parish and school fundraisers — in short, just about any job that has to be done in a parish somewhere, a Schoenstatt mother is doing it!
The monstrance is the symbol of the mothers’ branch. The mothers strive to be both Christ-bearers and Christ-bringers. Their ultimate goal is to be another Mary to our family, to the Church, and to the world.
The mothers’ branch is open to all mothers and grandmothers of any age.