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 1940, and came to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the 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 LIVING MONSTRANCE is the symbol of the Schoenstatt Mothers’ branch. The mothers strive to be Christ-bearers, Christ-bringers, and servers of Christ. Their ultimate goal is to be another Mary in their family, in the Church, and in the world.
The Schoenstatt Mothers’ League is open to all mothers, married women, widows, and grandmothers of any age.