Our Mission for the Church
Our founder wanted us as Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary to be a blessing for the Church he loved and for which he gave his life’s strength. Just as Mary has the official task to stand at Christ’s side in the work of redemption, so we as “little Marys” want to serve the Church in her mission to draw all people to Christ and the Father.
Schoenstatt: Our Founder’s Gift to the Church
The most valuable service we can offer the Church is to be loyal to the charism of our founder and fulfil the tasks he entrusted to us regarding the Schoenstatt Movement. The entire Movement is meant to be our founder’s gift to the Church! He saw it as an answer to many of her needs. The words of Saint John Paul II to the Schoenstatt Family in 1985 confirm this: “An authentic Marian spirituality leads to a deep love for the Church.”
In addition, we place ourselves at the service of the Church through our prayer and sacrifice, by fostering the religious atmosphere of our Schoenstatt Shrines and centres of formation for all pilgrims and retreatants, both Catholic and non-Catholic, groups, parishes and individuals, and through the direct work of sisters in local parishes.
The New Evangelization
In this period of history, we believe that Schoenstatt as a Marian and apostolic movement has a special mission for the new evangelization called for by Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. As Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary we want to make a valuable contribution not only through our own evangelizing work, but also through the formation of lay people, both youth and adults, capable of bearing the spirit of the new evangelization into the Church and world.
“Schoenstatt brings a remarkable missionary dynamic into the Church. How many initiatives of evangelization and formation it offers youth, adults, men, women, and families! Above all, many people can testify that their lives have been changed here in the shrine! How many young people have experienced through Schoenstatt the joy of the faith and the beauty of being a Christian! How much missionary potential both in individuals and communities has already been uncovered here and placed at the service of the Church!”
(Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko to the Schoenstatt Family, 18th October 2013)
We Pray with Pope Francis
“Today we look at Mary and ask her to help us proclaim
the message of salvation to all and to enable new disciples
to become evangelizers in turn:
Star of the new evangelization,
help us to bear radiant witness to communion,
service, ardent and generous faith,
justice and love of the poor,
that the joy of the Gospel
may reach to the ends of the earth,
illuminating even the fringes of our world.
Mother of the living Gospel,
wellspring of happiness for God’s little ones,
pray for us.”
(Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)