Where to find us!
Set in idyllic grounds, the Shrine, Retreat House and Provincial House of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary are in Constantia. Here countless numbers of people find tranquillity, harmony and their own unique calling in life. To quote the Archbishop of Cape Town, Stephen Brislin: “Schoenstatt, Constantia, is the heart of the Archdiocese.”
“Maryland” is situated in Hanover Park where our Sisters provide an oasis of peace and natural- spiritual nourishment in their Shrine and Centre in an area challenged by drugs and gang warfare. Through the presence of Our Lady, all who visit Maryland receive a new sense of dignity, nobility and strength for everyday life.
Villa Maria in Tamboerskloof is a residence for female students and has an Educare on the property. This “City Shrine” attracts business people and others who long to breathe in a more uplifting atmosphere than one finds in the city. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is an added attraction for all who wish to keep company with the Lord and His Mother.
In Cathcart, Eastern Cape, close to Queenstown, one finds the first Schoenstatt Shrine in Africa, built in 1949. Pioneer missionaries sent there in 1935 were unfamiliar with the language and culture of Africa but through untiring missionary service, the Sisters won the hearts of the people in their manifold needs. Our Lady’s presence in the Shrine is a tangible reality for all who visit her as is the presence of Father Kentenich the founder who visited Cathcart in 1948.
In Johannesburg, the city of gold, there lies a more precious treasure, the Schoenstatt Shrine at Bedford View. From there Our Lady draws business people and others to her heart and challenges them to “build a better world”. Pilgrims, mothers, families, young and old visit the Shrine regularly. There they discover the inner riches of the heart in the midst of a bustling city.
In 1962 the first Sister left South Africa for Scotland, and Schoenstatt took root! Some time later, the Shrine and Centre at Campsie Glen in the vicinity of Glasgow, were built. Together they provide a combination of idyllic natural and supernatural beauty. Schoenstatt has made its mark on the people of Scotland, not least through the presence of Our Lady in her Shrine, the hard work of the Sisters and the involvement of many lay people.