The Schoenstatt Family Branch


The Family Branch is one of the key branches within the International Schoenstatt for every person is born into a Family. Ideally it is in the family where we experience love in all its forms – the love of man and wife, of parents and children, of children for one another and the love of friendship. The family is then the refuge of all that is human and Christian. 

However, today the family is in a state of siege. There is no longer a single definition or description of the family and the ‘traditional’ Christian family structure is in the minority and seems to be fast disappearing. It cannot be denied that much that was good has been destroyed. 

We Christians have every reason to see the Spirit of God at work in these signs of our times. If we have understood him correctly, he is urging us powerfully to re-fashion the home and family life as the basic cell of society. 

If the family becomes more human, society will become more human. We have to take up all that is positive in the trends of our times and use them to create a ‘new’ Christian world. 

We cannot do this on our own. We need to live in solidarity with other couples and families striving for the same values and goals. As such, the Schoenstatt Family branch offers weekends, events and family groups to foster formation, fellowship and support to families looking to journey together in faith and life.

The Founder, Father Joseph Kentenich advocated that “Married couples are actually the most perfect image and likeness of the Triune God.” To assist married couples in attaining this high goal, he developed a specific spirituality for marriage and family, an educational system of love and for love. All forms of love, sexual, erotic, spiritual and supernatural, should be united in the mutual affection and surrender of the marriage partners.



Family Branch Contacts

Bernard Toutounji – [email protected]  Ph.0416 106 871

Jane Toutounji – [email protected]  Ph.0422 986 449

Sr. M. Elizabeth Foley – [email protected]  Ph.0408 738 349

Are you a Family seeking more?

More in faith, more in support and friendship, more in…

Why not “Come and See via Zoom!

Due to the Covid restrictions in place at the moment and the uncertainty surrounding any future development, the information afternoon for couples and their children, planned for Saturday 31 July, at Schoenstatt in Mulgoa, has been changed to a Zoom meeting from 2 -3.30pm. 

The Schoenstatt movement has been running family groups in Australia for over 60 years and such groups exist to support the spiritual and religious growth of married couples and their families.

In today’s very challenging society, often hostile to faith, marriage and family, a Schoenstatt family group can be a great support in strengthening and supporting marriage and families with a real plan for grace and sanctification. Each group journeys together as a small community, where couples support one another while their children make friends with other children in a faith-filled environment.

During the Zoom meeting we will offer some input on the Schoenstatt Movement, in particular the Family Branch of the Movement, and what it can mean for families in our present day society. Couples already involved in family groups will give testimonies of what it has meant and continues to mean for them. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion with other families.

With this mode of exchange, we will only be able to involve the children in family prayer towards the end of the encounter.

If you would like to attend, please let us know by Thursday July 29. There is no cost but please register to receive the meeting link and that we are able to contact you in the case of any unexpected changes which may occur.

Please register at:


If you have any questions, please feel free to email or phone us on the details below.

Bernard and Jane Toutounji

Sr. M. Elizabeth Foley

Schoenstatt Family Movement


Bernard – [email protected] – 0416 106 871

Jane – [email protected] – 0422 986 449

Sr. M. Elizabeth – [email protected] – 0408 738 349