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 action during 2020 pandemic
During this time of the Covid-19 stay-at-home order, the Schoenstatt Mothers across the USA have joined in the different initiatives of the Schoenstatt Family: Crowning the MTA in home shrines especially on March 25 and April 15, attending the Holy Week Online Retreat, joining the re-dedication of our country on May 1, virtual May Crowning, and most importantly being a living monstrance in our homes and from our homes. Some of the mothers have been courageous in trying to meet via digital media. Some meetings such as covenant and membership preparation have been postponed but will continue soon. The Ohio pilgrim covenant preparation has their candle image that includes the hands of the Father holding a rose with the words: I have you in the palm of my hands. What a fitting expression of trust during this time of uncertainty. All large and small deeds, prayers, and sacrifices have filled the capital of grace of the last two months. Let us walk like you through life, let us mirror you forever. J. Kentenich
Magnificat Day – Schoenstatt Mothers’ League – Madison, Wisconsin
March 7, 2020
On a sunny Saturday morning, forty-four women registered and attended the Magnificat Day – Lenten reflection day for women at Schoenstatt Heights on the east side of Madison. Carol Mechler, from the Schoenstatt Mothers in the St. Louis area, presented on the 100th anniversary of women in Schoenstatt theme: Apostolic in Being and Acting. With in-depth research done on how the 1995 Beijing conference for women has unfolded in 25 years of lowering the image of woman and the human person, she showed that Schoenstatt’s founder, Father Joseph Kentenich saw already in 1966 that authentic womanhood modeled after Mary is what will help women and our society most.
The day included an opening icebreaker using the Magnificat prayer introduced by two women play acting one as Mary and one as her cousin Elizabeth, Holy Mass, confession, shopping, tour of the Founder Shrine, presentation on the June 27, 2020 event for the 100th anniversary of women in Schoenstatt (Waukesha, Wisconsin), door prizes, and a lively presentation on the USA motto with the title: Stop, Drop, and Roll. Everyone received a fan (faith – action – now!) to keep the fire going forward for love of Mary from her shrine. The day ended in the Founder Shrine with the renewal of the Covenant of Love and a final blessing.
Comments about the day:
- Appreciate being with other like-minded women who are interested in making this world a better place for our children and grandchildren. The presentations inspired us to be more like Mary, our role model.
- Womanhood, authentic womanhood, is under attack from multiple fronts, and the stakes are very high. But authentic womanhood is truly beautiful.
- I can reflect Mary by doing mundane joys and drudgery with joy knowing those jobs can reflect love.
Magnificat Day – Schoenstatt Mothers League – Illinois
February 29, 2020
On leap day, the Schoenstatt Mothers from the Joliet and Chicago area met at Visitation Catholic Church in Elmhurst, Illinois. Thirty-six women attended the Magnificat Day that began with the parish Holy Mass at 8:15 am and ended at 1:00 pm. A brunch followed registration, and after the mothers settled in, presentations were given on:
- The USA motto and how it fits with the June 2020 Motto
- Mothers in the Domestic Church
- Striving to live a Virtuous Life with Mary.
Time for confession was offered throughout the event. A short introduction about the importance of renewing the covenant of love was given followed by the Schoenstatt Mothers League Associates renewal of the covenant of love, as Living Monstrance, making up the final part of the closing benediction that took place in the upstairs church. Each table was decorated with three red roses and a framed image of the Year’s Motto card: United in Mary, on Fire we go forward.
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.