Schoenstatt opened its Jubilee Year

On October 18th, the Movement opened its international year of celebrations
by Enrique Soros | Source:

On October 18th, the Schoenstatt Movement opened  its international year of celebrations. Cardinal Stanislaus Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, was the first person to enter the Original Shrine this jubilee year, representing the entire Schoenstatt Family worldwide.

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Two thousand people gathered at the Original Shrine in Schoenstatt for the opening of the jubilee year

About Schoenstatt

Schoenstatt was founded on 18 October 1914 during  very difficult times. The young Father Josef Kentenich was appointed as spiritual advisor of young boys in the seminary of the Pallottine Fathers, in the town of Schoenstatt, in the valley of the Rhine river. Fr. Kentenich and the boys consecrated themselves to the Blessed Mother in the little chapel located on the grounds of the seminary. They offered Mary their commitment to strive for sanctity, and they asked her to bless them and to dwell in that chapel, in this way sealing  a covenant of love, that would become central and essential to the future Movement. The young boys were sent to the war, where they proved their faithfulness to the Blessed Mother. She in turn blessed them deeply, transforming the chapel into a shrine where many people from around the world converge to seek a place of solace, peace, inner transformation and mission consciousness.

   Schoenstatt is now present in most of the countries of the world, with the mission of contributing to the renewal of the Church in Christ, through the intercession and guidance of Mary, with the title Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. Over 200 shrines replicas of the original one in Schoenstatt open their doors to pilgrims in all continents to fill them with the graces of Mary and Jesus, and to give them strength to strive for holiness with a serious commitment for the renewal of the world.

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Cardinal Rylko is about to enter the Original Shrine. On the left: Fr. Heinrich Walter

Opening of the Jubilee Year

Over two thousand participants gathered in Schoenstatt at the Original Shrine for the opening of the jubilee year, and hundreds of thousands around the globe participated via television or internet.  At the Schoenstatt national shrine in Tuparenda, Paraguay, 40,000 pilgrims gathered, just as every 18th of each month, to celebrate and to renew actively the covenant of love that was sealed for the first time in Schoenstatt by Father Kentenich and the boys  99 years ago.  Sr. M. Nilza da Silva, press coordinator of the Schoenstatt Movement in Brazil, tells about the celebrations in "thousands of parishes" and many cathedrals attended by tens of thousands of participants all around the country, along with their pastors and bishops. Similar cases are reported in many other countries around the world.

   The year of celebrations began in Schoenstatt on the morning of the  18th with a Mass at the Pilgrims Church, celebrated by Cardinal Rylko. During the afternoon a pilgrimage departed from the Adoration Church on Mount Schoenstatt,  where Father Kentenich's remains lie in the sacristy, the place of his death, to the Original Shrine. The main celebration of the official opening of the jubilee was held in the evening.

   Fr. Heinrich Walter, chairman of the General Presidium of the Movement, was in charge of joyfully announcing that "The jubilee year is open", which generated a great cry by the 2000 pilgrims  from the entire world, who were gathered outside the Original Shrine.

   Several teams of Schoenstatt leaders have been working for many years preparing the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Movement that will take place in Schoenstatt, Germany, on 18 October 2014 and the following  week in Rome, which will include an audience with Pope Francis; over 10,000 pilgrims from the entire world are expected.


International opening of the jubilee year in Schoenstatt

Schoenstatt's contribution to the Church and the world

Fr. Andrew Pastore, coordinator of the Communications Team, expressed that "our contribution to the Church and the world is manifested in the different projects of the five main fields of apostolate in which Schoenstatt was involved during its first 100 years, which are meant to be a gift for the Church and the world." This special gift is summarized in the "covenant culture", which is the center of the Movement and its celebrations. In October 2014 at Schoenstatt, every field will have a giant tent, where the contribution to the Church will be expressed. Those fields and tents that express the missionary projects of the apostolate in Schoenstatt are: MARRIAGE and FAMILY, YOUTH, PEDAGOGY, CHURCH and SOCIETY.

   The celebrations of the opening of the jubilee year were televised by and by the Catholic channel EWTN.  For  more  information about the celebrations of the Movement's 100th Anniversary in October 2014 at Schoenstatt and Rome visit  Pictures of the opening of the jubilee year in Schoenstatt  can be seen at:; news at


Schoenstatt is present nowdays in most of

the countries of the world,

serving the Church and helping renewing the world


Fr. Heinrich Walter and Cardinal Rylko at the opening of the jubilee year


Mass with Cardinal Rylko at the Pilgrims Church, in the morning of the 18th

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