Welcome to our website!
We are the Schoenstatt Girls and Young Women of the United States! As the Father’s Holy Springtime (Ver Sacrum Patris) we want to live our faith in our everyday lives and, through the covenant of love with our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen, and Victress of Schoenstatt, we want to be formed into her images for the world!
The Schoenstatt Girls and Young Women is a branch of the International Schoenstatt Movement, which was founded in Germany by Fr. Joseph Kentenich in the 1914. Amongst the many branches of the Movement, we are specifically here to serve girls and young women who are seeking a closer relationship to Christ through Mary. Schoenstatt has always had a special place for young people! Our branch officially came into being on August 15th, 1931 and made its way to the US in the late fifties.
Our main aims are:
- The education and formation of girls and young women according to the God willed image of womanhood as reflected in Mary.
- The deepening of the truths of our Catholic faith, as well as the fostering of prayer and the spiritual life through Schoenstatt’s spirituality.
This spirituality includes:
- Belief in God’s loving, wise and fatherly providence, which guides and directs our lives
- The awareness of our baptismal covenant, which is secured and deepened through the covenant of love with Mary, the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt
- The reality that each person is given a unique mission by God, and is therefore called to be an instrument in his hand for the renewal of the world in Christ through Mary.
Schoenstatt is for us not just another after-school activity among all the others, but rather a way of life that enables us to think clearly, to decide firmly, and to love purely in accordance with the calling to holiness that is essential to the Christian life.
For the year 2019-2020, the leaders of the SGYW here in the United States chose the motto:
Grow Boldly– The first part of the motto is the continuation of the mottos from the past two years. We laid the foundation, we burned fearlessly, and now we look to the future as we grow boldly. Grow boldly – what does that mean? “A bold thought, nearly too bold for the public, but not too bold for you” (JK). We want to be rooted in our faith, in our covenant, and in our VSP Queen and become authentic women. Being rooted in her gives us the opportunity for maturation and is an incentive for our self-education. We want to educate ourselves to move past our comfort zones and to proclaim Schoenstatt boldly into our world – through our lives.
Dare to Love – We have a mission. Our Blessed Mother has dared us to love. This is no easy feat. This will be a daily battle, a daily sacrifice, a daily struggle. We must reach for the heights of sanctity by accepting this dare. This dare challenges us to go beyond ourselves in every aspect of our lives. Our homes, our families, our churches, our schools, our workplaces, and all our relationships must be subjected to our apostolic mission of love. We are fulfilling the words of the Founding Document, “Prove to me first that you really love me, that you take your resolution seriously” (JK).
Growing into who God calls us to be in a bold and firm way – this must happen before we go out and before we can dare to love.