New Vision and Life of the Founding of Schoenstatt

New Vision and Life of the Founding of Schoenstatt

Comprehensive study by Father Jonathan Niehaus, Second Edition - updated and revised in 2004, 250 pages.


Germany.  The eve of World War I.  A young priest is named spiritual director to deal with young men rebelling against the harsh rules of the school.  taking up their challenge for freedom, Father Kentenich and his youth begin a long quest to realize the new vision of a “firm, free, priestly personality,” an effort that will grow into the Schoenstatt movement.

This book, covering the years 1912-1919, examines the fascinating story of how Schoenstatt’s founding generation formed an organization that tapped into the deepest levels of Christian life.  The witness of their life in the humdrum of a boarding school and in the trenches of World War I, shows the power of the Gospel today to bring about the words of Jesus: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10, 10).

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