Joseph Kentenich was born in Gymnich near Cologne in In , he went to the Saint Vincent orphanage in Oberhausen. At his admittance to this orphanage, his mother dedicated him to Mary, the Mother of God. Eight-year old Joseph very consciously went along with this dedication as his mother spoke.
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The book of his life is our book written by God. It was a life in which God was the beginning, the center, and the goal. It was a life with a message from God to these times.
When he was eight years old his single mother had to leave him in the care of an orphanage. On the day of his arrival she entrusted her son to the Blessed Mother Mary. From then on, she should be his Mother and Educator. Later he himself would say that this consecration was decisive for his entire life. Priest and Educator It was clear to him already very early: He wanted to be a priest.
He experienced the guidance of God and the education of his Mother Mary that enabled him to overcome difficulties and obstacles along the way to this goal. In the community assigned him to be the spiritual director for the students in their newly built House of Studies in Vallendar-Schoenstatt. Kentenich, October 27, The Founding Led by various events that he interpreted as signs from God, Father Kentenich inspired his students to unite themselves with Mary. Their daily striving to live in an authentically Christian way became an invitation to Mary to unite herself in a special way with the little chapel of St.
Michael in Schoenstatt and to make this chapel into a place of grace. What happened on that October 18, , is now called the covenant of love. Father Kentenich later confessed that this step was the greatest risk of his life.
Prisoner of the Nazis From , Father Kentenich was the leader of a growing ecclesial movement. His work spread to other countries and continents. Because of his religious influence on so many people, Father Kentenich was arrested in September and transported to the concentration camp of Dachau in He saw his return home to Schoenstatt on May 20, , as a victory of the Blessed Mother.
He then set out to strengthen and further her work, also in other countries. The Exile Father Kentenich interpreted the events of the time, the great changes in society and Church, and the spiritual streams behind them. In his communities he attempted to give living answers to the present and future times through orientation and education. However, his thinking was not yet understood by Church authorities prior to the Second Vatican Council.
In he was ordered by Rome to leave Schoenstatt. This difficult time of testing of the founder and his foundation ended only on October 22, On that day, Pope Paul VI gave Schoenstatt his apostolic blessing, and Father Kentenich promised him that Schoenstatt would help the Church to fulfill its post-conciliar mission.
Father Kentenich could return to Schoenstatt on Christmas Eve Father and Founder In the three years following the exile, Father Kentenich made himself available to his communities and many individuals through personal conversations, letters, discussions, and talks. Though his message was the same, it was deepened and sealed by the tests and experiences of many decades.
The covenant of love with Mary grew to the heights of the covenant of love with the Triune God. His own experience of the merciful love of God the Father allowed him to become even more a father for many people.
After celebrating his first holy Mass in the newly built Church of the Blessed Trinity on Mount Schoenstatt, he died in the sacristy. He is also buried there. Since then this place has become a place of pilgrimage and prayer for many people from all over the world. They come to ask Father Kentenich for his intercession before God for their intentions.
They thank him for the help they have experienced. They entrust themselves to him and choose him to be their father and educator — for his mission continues from eternity. The ecclesial process of his beatification and canonization was opened in in the diocese of Trier. Prayer for the Father Kentenich Year September 15, — September 15, for the canonization of Father Joseph Kentenich: God our Father, In Father Kentenich you have given us a father and a prophet, a witness and a herald of your message for our time, enkindled by the Holy Spirit.
Give us of his fire. Give us of his founder spirit. Let his charism be so alive in us that we can shape the future of the Church and society. May his vision be our vision: In the power of the covenant of love, a new world is to arise — a world in which people form a covenant culture wherever they live and work.
Father in heaven, we ask you: Accept Father Kentenich into the company of the saints recognized by the Church. Open the door to him and his mission everywhere so that he can guide many people on the way to the fullness of life, the way to you.
Father Joseph Kentenich – the founder
As a spiritual director and teacher at the Pallottine seminary in Schoenstatt, Germany, he was inspired to found the Schoenstatt movement in The Schoenstatt movement is essentially an education movement with a very strong Marian dimension. As an educator of youth and a zealous promoter of the Catholic apostolate, Fr. Kentenich sought to bring about a spiritual, moral, and anthropological renewal in the world through Mary. Kentenich was arrested by the Gestapo and put into prison. In , due to medical reasons, he was given the opportunity to avoid time in a concentration camp, but he made a resolution to offer up his suffering for the Schoenstatt movement.
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He was at the ripe age of These words were a faithful reflection of his life. He was born on November 18th in the little town of Gymnich Germany. At the age of nine he was placed in an orphanage in Oberhausen where he remained for the next five years. He began his novitiate in After six years of difficult trials — very fragile health, a crisis of faith which lasted for years and a first rejection by his superiors dealing with his priestly ordination — he is ordained a Minister of Christ on July 8, He then begins a career which will end almost 60 years later when he dies suddenly on September 15, , on Mt.
Because his parents were not married and never married , Joseph was born in the house of his maternal grandparents, Anna Maria and Matthias Kentenich, where he spent the first years of his life. The boy attended a school there for a few months. After her brother remarried on 25 June , Katharina and her son returned to Gymnich. Katharina had to look for a permanent job in order to support her child. Joseph Kentenich was sent to St.
Fr. Joseph Kentenich: Founder of the Schoenstatt Movement & Friend of the Rosary
The Founder: Fr. Joseph Kentenich The Founder: Fr. During that time, he set in place the foundations for his Work: the Schoenstatt Family. In the following years, he formed the priestly and lay communities which comprise Schoenstatt, and in he began the foundation for the different Schoenstatt Secular Institutes. He was detained by the Gestapo in September of