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Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Apostolate (SPMA)


“We often have no idea how and where we should start. Let us try it with the Mother of God.  She is the Great Missionary after all.  All we need to do is to introduce her into people’s hearts.  And even if it seems as though these hearts are not ready to receive her, let us at least try it! The impossible will become possible.”  J. Kentenich

The Schoenstatt Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Apostolate (SPMA) is an apostolate within the International Schoenstatt Movement.

The Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Apostolate (SPMA) began in 1950, in Santa Maria, Brazil and started in Texas in 1987.  From the Shrine, missionaries are commissioned with the Pilgrim MTA to go on pilgrimage with Mary to carry Jesus to visit families, parishes, schools, the sick and homebound.  The rosary is recited during the visit.  There she serves the needs of the people and intercedes for miracles of inner transformation in lives.  Therefore, her motherly concern for us in love of Christ urges her to come to us through the Schoenstatt Pilgrim Mother Apostolate (SPMA).  

What takes place when the Pilgrim MTA goes to visit families and homes?

When the Blessed Virgin Mary went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, her presence brought many blessings.  Not only did Mary serve Elizabeth’s physical needs, she brought the Lord with her into Elizabeth’s house.  She filled the atmosphere in the home with praises of God, prompted joy, inspired prophecy, and prepared the way for the miracle of Zechariah’s cure.  (Luke 1:39-56)

Mary wants to carry Jesus into our homes, serve our needs, and intercede for miracles in our lives.  She knows that we cannot travel easily to the great pilgrimage places like Lourdes in France, Fatima in Portugal, Schoenstatt in Germany, etc.  Therefore, her motherly concern for us and her devotion to Christ urge her to COME TO US.

To become a Missionary or join an established group, contact:

Pamela Raines 210-260-9029 (English & Spanish)
Frances Zunker 210-380-3295 (English & Spanish)
Stephen Zunker 210-380-3298

Recurring Events:

  • Commissioning of new Missionaries – once per quarter on the third Sunday of the month after Holy Mass at 3:30 p.m (contact Frances Zunker for 2024 commissioning dates)
  • Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus/Eucharistic Adoration/Rosary – every first Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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