The spiritual center of our community can be found in Schoenstatt, Germany on “Berg Nazareth” (Mount Nazareth). The Shrine of the Families and our Institute Shrine can be found there where the Blessed Mother has taken up her abode, blesses and strengthens marriages and families in a special way. She is our center and life source.
Our vacation and conference centers, the House of the Family (Haus der Familie) and House Nazareth (Haus Nazareth) can also be found there next to our spiritual center.
Shrine of the Families
The Shrine of the Families was built and sacrificed for by all three family communities as a gift of gratitude to Our Lady for our founder’s homecoming in 1965 from exile in Milwaukee, USA.
The shrine was blessed on September19, 1971 with the participation of many families from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, North and South America.
The Shrine of the Families represents the unity of the entire family movement and is a symbol of our mutual mission.
Our Institute Shrine is the focal point and life source of our community. At the moment this can be found in the form of a home shrine in House Nazareth. This will in the future find its proper place on the top of Mount Nazareth.
We regard the Institute Shrine as the uniting heart of our community. Every individual member, every couple, every course and every community has its spiritual home in Schoenstatt, Germany where we are united in prayer and the covenant of love. From there we receive the graces required to fulfil our unique mission.