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.
Schoenstatt Mothers League: Oregon
In January/February 2020 the Schoenstatt Mothers in the state of Oregon held events during the visit of Sr. M. Deanne Niehaus. At the events the Schoenstatt Mothers and friends were introduced to the 100th Anniversary of Women in Schoenstatt preparation for the June 27, 2020 event with the National Mothers Leaders Workshop from June 25-28, 2020 at the International Schoenstatt Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The Schoenstatt Mothers in Salem held a morning of reflection on the theme of Authentic Womanhood. About twenty attended including some new women. The event ended with praying the rosary using the meditations recently published in a pamphlet from the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother. Since the Joyful mysteries of the rosary reflect the ideal of the Living Monstrance, these meditations were very powerful. Two new women could even be introduced to the praying of the rosary for the first time.
A faithful group of the Schoenstatt Mothers League met in The Dalles and invited some women who attend a parish Moms group not connected with Schoenstatt. It was a time to share the riches of what Schoenstatt can offer for daily life – through witnesses of the Schoenstatt Mothers. Prayer was offered in the presence of the Northwest Pacific Auxiliary MTA.
Various gatherings of the Schoenstatt Mothers League took place including a Mothers league group meeting, a membership circle meeting, and a Mothers league retreat. One mother originally from Texas, recently moved to Washington State, attended the retreat and got to know the other Schoenstatt Mothers in the Pacific Northwest. The Schoenstatt Mothers, as the Living Monstrance, are the soul of much of what happens in Schoenstatt in this area, for example: being coordinators and missionaries of the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother (English and Spanish speaking groups), supporters and promoters of the Schoenstatt Girls Camp each summer, encouragers of the Schoenstatt couples group, and promoters of Schoenstatt where the MTA has been enthroned in local parishes.