Schoenstatt Girls' Group
Aquinas, we believe that our students deserve every opportunity to explore and deepen their faith life. Through the most generous gift of their time and efforts, the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth and the youth sister from the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary are able to provide this opportunity to our girls by offering them the ability to participate in Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth Groups right here at Aquinas.
Schoenstatt is an apostolic movement within the Catholic Church, which fosters spiritual renewal, with our Blessed Mother as a very special guide and role model. Who better to emulate as a Christian than the woman that our Lord chose to be His mother? Just as Mary brought Christ to the world, we as Christians want to bring Christ to others!
Schoenstatt was founded on October 18, 1914, by Father Josef Kentenich in a small shrine in Schoenstatt, Germany. The movement became international during World War II and since then has spread to more than 40 countries. In many of these countries, the members of Schoenstatt have also built replicas of the original shrine. In the United States, we have Schoenstatt Shrines and centers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Nebraska, Florida, and Texas.
SCHOENSTATT: A LAY MOVEMENT
Schoenstatt is one of a number of Catholic lay movements that were founded in the 20th century, perhaps as a supernatural response to a world that was becoming increasingly secular and devoid of spirituality. Schoenstatt collaborates with other lay movements in evangelizing the world of today through the renewal of our faith commitment in daily life.
Schoenstatt’s spirituality centers around the Schoenstatt Shrine and our covenant of love with the Mother Thrice Admirable. Through an active belief in God’s daily guidance and by giving ourselves as instruments to the Mother Thrice Admirable, we want to renew the world in Christ for the glory of God.
Schoenstatt’s spirituality answers the desire to renew the human heart and the desire to teach others how to reanimate their hearts with the love and joy of Christ. Most importantly, Schoenstatt provides laity with the means to maintain this burning love and our Christian identity at work, at home, and in our day-to-day lives. This spirituality invites us to be aware of the opportunity we have to change the world around us by bringing God's love into the small, everyday actions of our daily lives.
Schoenstatt shares its vision through various ministries. There are Schoenstatt Priests, Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, Schoenstatt Families, Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth, and Schoenstatt Boys’ Youth. The Girls’ Youth in Wisconsin is led by the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth leaders themselves and coordinated by the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary in Waukesha.
The Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth program has three levels:
- Mary's Little Crowns: groups for girls ages 6-9
- Marian Apostles: groups for girls ages 10-12/13
- Schoenstatt Youth: groups for girls ages 13 through college
The sisters and members of the Girls’ Youth come to Aquinas to hold monthly group meetings. The sisters also host weekend retreats throughout the year and summer camps for girls 10 and older, as well as summer day camps for girls ages 6-9 at the Schoenstatt Center in Waukesha.
We are excited to be able to offer this very special opportunity to grow in faith, understanding, and love of God in the Holy Trinity through the Blessed Mother and the Schoenstatt Girls’ Youth.
If you have further questions about Schoenstatt or the girls’ groups, please contact the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary:
Sr. M. Paula
W284 N698 Cherry Lane
Waukesha, WI 53188