Today the term Schoenstatt does not only connects to Vallendar, the place of incorporation, near Koblenz with the resident communities, but also to an international movement whose spirituality and many associated training centers and their support, as well as a variety of symbols, images and fonts. A special role is played by the veneration of the Mother of God with her miraculous image, their sanctuaries, the replicas of the “Original Shrine”, and many wayside shrines, to the pilgrims grace images taken its beginning by João Possobon in Brazil and now has almost spread over the whole world.
As part of this distribution primarily in Latin America also social institutions emerged that take care of street children and especially sick and unemployed people. From the Schoenstatt spirituality supported kindergartens and schools are worldwide on the rise. Also, scientific seminars and work deals with the Schoenstatt spirituality, complementing the international life process of moving. The goldsmiths and art workshop of the brothers of Mary is based in Vallendar on the Rhine in the district of Schoenstatt. This is the origin of the International Schoenstatt Movement and also the seat of the communities of the Schoenstatt Movement.
One of these communities is the Schoenstatt Institute of Brothers of Mary, which is a shareholder of the Gold- and Silversmith, established by the Member, Paul M. Rothgerber, gold- and silversmith.
Paul M. Rothgerber was a trained goldsmith, when he joined the Institute and continued with his knowledge of a variety of symbols and objects from the Schoenstatt spirituality into concrete forms of precious metal. This creative process and especially the reaction in life is typical of the Schoenstatt spirituality.
Religious truths shall be visible in life, and a tangible experience. Symbols, people and places are connecting links for the perception of the higher divine order.