A New Model of
Marian Education for the Family
On the Feast of the Assumption, 2003, a group of families gathered around the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary to remember the original vision set forth by Fr. Josef Kentenich in 1914 for educating the new person in the new community: “Under the protection of Mary, we want to learn to educate ourselves to be firm, free, priestly personalities.” These words inaugurated the Schoenstatt Collegium of Austin, a partnership of parents working with teachers to provide classroom and home instruction for children in preschool to high school.
Regina Mater organized in 2006 as an independent lay apostolate and 501c3 following the principles of the Schoenstatt Collegium. Since 2008 we have operated out of the Maronite facilities in central Austin. This year we added a second location to house our growing high school enrollment within a few blocks of the main campus. Over 110 students are enrolled in the program from nearly forty families, representing over a dozen parishes and zip codes. Through the gift of generous donors, we plan to build a permanent home for our program in northeast Travis County.
We treasure many traditions from our founding Sisters, such as our St. Martin’s Day and St. Nicholas celebrations, daily chapel with the “Father Phone,” the Family Colloquium, classroom and school shrines for our Mother Thrice Admirable, yearly school mottos, and childlike devotion to the Blessed Mother.
Our original vision for developmentally sensitive, pure, sensory, joyful, and faith-filled instruction has inspired Regina Mater to implement the primary Montessori environment, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and differentiated liberal arts learning.