Our Apostolic Work
Our main apostolate is to help support, form and build up the Schoenstatt Movement. Whether we do this directly or indirectly, everything we do as Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary has an apostolic effect because we do it for Schoenstatt and for the Church. In addition, we see ourselves as instruments in the hands of Our Lady. Through our work we grow in a spirit of genuine co-responsibility and mutual appreciation of one another and the mission we share for the Church and world. Some of the different fields in which our sisters are involved, be it directly for the Movement or other tasks in the spirit of Schoenstatt include:
Some sisters work full-time with the Schoenstatt Movement, either with girls, women, or families. Please see “Our Mission for the Schoenstatt Movement” for more information!
Care for our Schoenstatt Shrines and Centres
Sisters are involved with all that is connected to the Shrine and Centre. They care for the sacristy, flower arrangements, upkeep of the Centre including the kitchen, dining room, reception area etc.
Various Tasks in the Service of Schoenstatt
Some sisters carry out tasks that are less public and yet important for our Schoenstatt mission. They not only care for the practical details of our family life, but they also provide an atmosphere of home and prayer for our sisters and all who visit our houses. They are busy in the sewing room and laundry, translating, forming and educating young sisters, landscaping, caring for our elderly sisters etc.
As a secular institute, we also work in a wide variety of professions to bring the spirit of Schoenstatt into the world. Some sisters live and work outside of the community as “externs,” radiating Mary’s image to their surroundings as teachers, nurses, computer analysts, accountants, university professors and lecturers, marriage counsellors and religious education coordinators, just to name a few. Any task befitting the dignity of women is appropriate for a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary.
Our Sick and Elderly Sisters
Our sick and elderly sisters are the “lightning conductors of grace” for our community and the entire Schoenstatt Work through their prayers and sacrifices. They are our greatest treasures!
All our sisters, regardless of profession, age or ability, contribute to the new evangelization as images of Mary for the Church and world.