Welcome Message from the Rector of the Shrine
Dear Schoenstatt Family and Friends:
Welcome to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt and to the website of the Schoenstatt Movement of Austin!
The Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt is a place of pilgrimage and grace dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God under the title Mother Thrice Admirable. It is the spiritual home and center of life for the Schoenstatt Movement.
By its very nature, the Shrine is a place that fosters encounter with God in prayer, in catechesis, and in the sacraments. In the Shrine we let ourselves be loved by Mary who as a mother shows us the mercy and compassion of a loving God. It is an invitation to experience the grace of inner transformation that allows us to have a profound encounter with Christ. In this way we are ready to be sent forth as missionary disciples to give witness of the joy of the Gospel.
As an Apostolic Movement of the Catholic Church we are committed with our diocese of Austin to working together in implementing the new Pastoral Plan, “Encounter that Leads to Transformation”. Each one of our programs, retreats and celebrations in the Shrine are opportunities to enable in the Church a culture of encounter that become signs and testimony of God's Kingdom in the world. They are open and available to every parish, community and individual.
I invite you to join us each month in the many different celebrations and opportunities we offer to grow in faith. Together with Mary let us create a culture of Encounter!
I wish you many blessings from the Shrine.
Father Jesus Ferras, ISP
Rector of the Shrine and Movement Director