Schoenstatt is one of the young Catholic lay movements the Church offers, with a deep charisma and the mission to transform the world in Christ, starting by oneself, striving for an inner balance and for a profound commitment to the social, moral and religious renewal of the world. Its goal is to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the example and guidance of Mary. Our mission is to educate a new type of human person, who is free, firm, and apostolic in his or her commitment to fulfill God’s will in everyday life. By educating the core of the personality of men, women, youth, children, and families, we help create a culture of love.
The presence of Schoenstatt in the world ensures the presence of participation in the mission of Mary. This mission means that Mary is the educator of the new person in Christ for the new society. In and through the Schoenstatt movement Mary goes through the world as the great educator of the people. Mary wants to give birth to Christ again. She wants to give birth to Christ in each person in a new way, in order to rescue and safeguard the endangered Christian personality, bringing about a universal and authentically Christian family and society.
Schoenstatt Movement in the Archdiocese of Washington:
Schoenstatt is active in the Archdiocese of Washington in the pastoral field, forming couples, families, men and women, young people and children. We also serve as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, catechists, coordinating the catechesis in parishes and as members of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Leaders Association. Our Movement in the U.S. is comprised of native English-speaking people and other cultures, especially Hispanic, but also Filipino, German, etc. Most meetings are in English, some are bilingual, and some directed exclusively to Hispanics, in Spanish.