Congress preparation


Small Pentecost


Small Pentecost

Worldwide questionnaire

In addition to the basic questionnaire, which was conducted at the beginning of 2020, an online survey was launched in March 2021. The aim was to obtain a broad spectrum of opinions, a colorful mosaic of the current life of the Schoenstatt Movement worldwide. About 1600 responses were received.

1- The answers to the question about currents and fields of action reflect the great diversity of the international Movement. Here are just a few of the most frequently mentioned areas: Family, social and political commitment, commitment to local centers, prayer/prayer initiatives, new evangelization/transmitting the faith/pastoral work, educational projects.

2- The question regarding sources of motivation also shows a variety of motivations for getting involved in Schoenstatt. The most frequent responses here were: Living relationship with God, personal meaning of the Covenant of Love, personal growth/gratitude, passing on what has been received, home and attachment, conviction of Schoenstatt’s mission in this day and age.

3- The third question, regarding the direction in which Schoenstatt could change in the coming years, resulted in the following clusters: embodying the Church in a new way (in the sense of a vision), more emphasis on community and communication (within all Schoenstatt communities), structural changes, living more decisively (as a Christian/Schoenstatter), recognizing and living Father Kentenich’s mission more deeply, a “Schoenstatt on the move”, strengthening the fields of family and youth, signs of the times/pastoral care.

The small Pentecost as a path
to the Congress 2022

The flame of the Holy Spirit that we ask for in the Pentecost Congress is nourished by the richness of the national Schoenstatt Movements. Each country was invited to assert this richness by the end of 2021 through a “small Pentecost”.

To describe life currents through which the Schoenstatt charism becomes fruitful: in the local churches, socially within the educational, social, economic, and political commitment. Furthermore, an effort was made to name central life processes and projects that showed the special strengths of the national Schoenstatt Movements. Each country was able to indicate in which area it would like to have an exchange with other countries. A total of 22 countries participated in this initiative and shared in the work of the Holy Spirit. These contributions were evaluated from the perspective of: What is tangible, innovative with an impact, and what reflects the work of the Spirit? 

Three thematic areas were identified:

  •  The external missionary – keyword: missionary responsibility;
  • Inwardly, corresponding processes that more clearly bring to light synodality as a basic structural pattern in our movement.
  • With regard to our self-understanding: several new initiatives such as intensive Schoenstatt courses, in which we try to think about Schoenstatt from very different perspectives and then pass it on.

In these three fields there are best practice examples from different countries that could also be a source of inspiration for other countries.

Schoenstatt International e.V.

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