Arnstein Fathers

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Signet of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary

The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (actually Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament , in Latin Congregatio Sacrorum Cordium Jesus et Mariae necnon adorationis perpetuae Sanctissimi Sacramenti Altaris , religious symbol SSCC) are a religious order in the Catholic Church . The popular name Arnsteiner Fathers goes back to the first community in Germany founded in 1919, the pilgrimage site of the Arnstein Monastery in Obernhof an der Lahn .


The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary was founded at Christmas 1800 by the French priest Pierre Coudrin and the noblewoman Henriette Aymer de la Chevalerie . In 1817 she received papal recognition.

Father Coudrin, who was secretly ordained a priest during the French Revolution , worked for years as a pastor in the underground. Henriette Aymer de la Chevalerie was imprisoned during the revolution for supporting priests who were loyal to the Church, including Coudrin. On Christmas night of 1800, both of them took their religious vows and thus established a rapidly developing religious community . In France, the religious community and her brothers after the location of the French were the parent company in the Paris suburb Picpus under the name Picpus Society or Picpus Fathers or Picpus Missionaries known.

By founding their order, Coudrin and Aymer de la Chevalerie wanted to help rebuild the French church that had been destroyed by the French Revolution. The primary goal was to take care of the poor, especially the poor, for whom they built schools. 1826, the Picpus Fathers began the mission to the Hawaiian Islands . The mission in Chile began in 1834. From then on the congregation developed into a mission community. However, it always remained committed to its founding ideal, the alleviation of the physical needs of the people.

In 1920, one year after the founding of the convent in the Arnstein monastery, the German province was founded. The first Sacred Heart pilgrimage to the Arnstein Monastery took place in 1924 .

The Arnstein Fathers today

At the end of 2018, the Arnstein Fathers left the Arnstein Monastery in Obernhof an der Lahn due to aging and a lack of young people in the religious order. At last only five priests lived in the monastery. The provincial chapter announced in 2015 that there were no brothers available to maintain the convent.

Well-known Fathers

facts and figures

  • The community currently includes 611 religious priests and 118 religious brothers and novices who are active in 35 countries around the world. In Germany, the religious order has 42 brothers (as of 2017) and they are mainly dedicated to pastoral care for young people. The religious branch for women has around 700 sisters worldwide and has branches in many countries.
  • The spirituality of the Congregation is marked by devotion to the hearts of Jesus and Mary . A particular expression of this veneration is the "exaltation of the heart of Jesus" to the throne, which goes back to Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey .
  • The generalate of the religious community is in Rome . The seat of the Teutonic Order Province is in Werne .


The Arnstein Fathers maintained two Catholic schools in Germany , the Johannes-Gymnasium Lahnstein in Lahnstein (until 2007) and the St. Christophorus Gymnasium in Werne (until 1982). At both schools, the Arnstein Fathers campaigned for an upbringing based on their principles.

General Superior

  • 1800–1837 Marie-Joseph Coudrin
  • 1837-1853 Pierre-Dominique-Marcellin Bonamie
  • 1853-1869 Euthyme Rouchouze
  • 1870-1911 Marcellin Bousquet
  • 1912–1938 Flavien Prat
  • 1938–1958 Jean du Cœur de Jésus d'Elbée
  • 1958-1970 Henry Systermans
  • 1970–1982 Jan Scheepens
  • 1982-1994 Patrick Bradley
  • 1994-2006 Enrique Losada Adame
  • 2006–2018 Javier Álvarez-Ossorio Ramos
  • 2019– 0000Alberto Toutin Cataldo

See also


  • Ignace de la Croix Baños: La dévotion aux Sacrés Coeurs de Jésus et de Marie dans la Congrégation des Sacrés Coeurs . Rome 1956.
  • Karl Suso Frank : Art. Picpusgesellschaft . In: Lexicon for Theology and Church (LThK), 3rd ed., Vol. 8: Pearson to Samuel . Herder, Freiburg 1999, col. 285-286.
  • Juan Vicente González Carrera: El Padre Coudrin, la madre Aymer y su comunidad (= Etudes Picpuciennes , vol. 8). Leberit, Rome 1978.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c Karl Suso Frank: Art. Picpusgesellschaft . In: Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche , 3rd ed., Vol. 8, Col. 285–286.
  2. Adieu, Arsteiner Fathers . In: Der Sonntag - church newspaper for the diocese of Limburg . December 9, 2018
  3. What will happen to the Arnstein Monastery? Internet portal of the Catholic Church in Germany, accessed on August 24, 2018 .
  4. Arnsteiner Order has to leave the monastery soon: How did it come about? ( [accessed on August 24, 2018]).
  5. Annuario Pontificio , 2017 edition, p. 1414.
  6. What hope do we live from . In: Apostle . 2018, No. 2, August, p. 4.
  7. Ignace de la Croix Baños: La dévotion aux Sacrés Coeurs de Jésus et de Marie dans la Congrégation des Sacrés Coeurs . Rome 1956.
  8. ^ Father Martin Königstein SSCC: Our community has a new Superior General. In: September 2018, accessed May 19, 2019 .