Katharina Kentenich’s son was born in Gymnich and given the name Peter Joseph at his baptism in the Parish Church of St Kunibert in Gymnich on 19 November. In the baptismal register the 18 November is given as the day of his birth, and this day is mentioned in many documents and biographies. The research of recent years suggests that the correct date is 16 November.
Move to Strassburg and attended the primary school there. (Probably around 29.12.1891 until after June 1892)
Katharina brought her son to the Orphanage of St Vincent in Oberhausen.
Low Sunday First Holy Communion
Confirmation by Auxiliary Bishop Fischer of Cologne in the temporary church of the Sacred Heart in Oberhausen.
Joseph Kentenich is brought by Fr Savels, parish priest of the Church of the Apostles in Cologne to Ehrenbreitstein, near Koblenz. He began his classical education there in the Pallottine Mission House.
Completion of his secondary schooling. Joseph Kentenich received his school-leaving certificate.
The two years’ Novitiate began with the ritual Clothing ceremony in the Mother House of the Pallottines in Limburg on the River Lahn. The Novitiate ended on
with his First Profession.
Reception of the Tonsure.
Brother Kentenich is ill for a long time.
Reception of the Lower Orders
Ordination as Sub-Deacon
Ordination to the Deaconate
Ordination to the priesthood by Bishop Heinrich Vieter, Vicar Apostolic of Cameroon.
First Holy Mass in the chapel of the Pallottine Mission House in Limburg. Fr Kolb, the Provincial Superior, assisted, and Fr Karl Stehr preached.
Fr Kentenich appointed teacher at Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein.
Transferred to Schoenstatt, and from October appointed Spiritual Director at the College in Schoenstatt.
Fr Kentenich held a talk that later became known as the Pre-Founding Document.
The Missionary Association founded during the Christmas holidays.
Erection of the Marian Sodality in the College at Schoenstatt.
World War I started.
Fr Kentenich gave a talk which has come to be known as Schoenstatt’s Founding Document. So 18 October 1914 is Schoenstatt’s day of foundation.
On Good Friday 1915 the picture of our Lady, entitled “Mother Thrice Admirable”, was put up in the Chapel of St Michael, the meeting place of the Marian Sodality.
Fr Kentenich relieved of his post as Spiritual Director of the College at Schoenstatt.
Fr Kentenich moved temporarily to the Convent of St Augustine in Engers.
Celebration of Silver Jubilee of Ordination.
World War II started.
After a number of Fr Kentenich’s colleagues had been arrested, Fr Kentenich was questioned by the Gestapo in Schoenstatt.
Fr Kentenich had to report to the Gestapo in Koblenz. He was questioned and arrested. Start of four weeks of solitary confinement in the dark in the cellars.
Second examination after Fr Kentenich had requested it. Nothing changed in his situation.
End of solitary confinement in the dark.
First letter from prison sent to Schoenstatt.
First secret celebration of Holy Mass in the Koblenz prison.
Third examination by the Gestapo.
Fr Kentenich placed under protective custody and declared fit for concentration camp after a medical examination.
Fr Kentenich refused to apply for a second medical examination, and hence decided to go to concentration camp.
Start of transport to Dachau.
Arrival in Dachau at the Admission Block.
Taken into the “Disinfection” commando.
Transfer from Admission Block to the Block for Polish priests.
Transfer from the Block for Polish priests to the Block for German priests.
First Holy Mass in the concentration camp.
Punishment in the standing Bunker and examination by a special commission of the Gestapo.
First of three talks that together make up the “Third Founding Document” in Schoenstatt’s history.
Second talk of “Third Founding Document” on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Schoenstatt’s foundation.
Third talk of “Third Founding Document”
Release from the concentration camp. The relevant document had been signed on 24 March.
Arrival in Schoenstatt.
First October Week a Week of Thanksgiving held in Schoenstatt.
Fr Kentenich received in private audience by Pope Pius XII.
After a number of visits to Switzerland between 1945-1947, Fr Kentenich set out for South America to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. His return flight from Rio de Janeiro took him to Rome on 12 September. He arrived in Schoenstatt on 11 October.
Another visit to Switzerland, then on 29 December flew from Geneva to South Africa. Arrived in Johannesburg on 31 December.
Flight from South Africa to South America to Brazil, then Chile.
Depart from Chile to USA.
Return flight from USA to South America.
Flight from Brazil to Rome.
After a time in Switzerland returned to Schoenstatt.
Celebration of 40th Anniversary of Ordination.
Set off on third visit to South America.
Start of Papal Visitation of Schoenstatt.
Return flight to Rome
Return to Schoenstatt.
Farewell from Schoenstatt, depart for Switzerland, then on
Visit to Switzerland, then on 17 January flight from Zurich to South America
Depart from Santiago de Chile for Milwaukee in the USA. Arrival there on 21 June.
Conclusion of Papal Visitation of Schoenstatt.
Celebration of Fr Kentenich’s 70th birthday in Milwaukee
Celebration of Fr Kentenich’s Golden Jubilee of Profession.
Fr Kentenich appointed pastor to the German-speaking parish in Milwaukee. Remained in this office until his departure on 16 September 1965.
Celebration of Golden Jubilee of Ordination.
Golden Jubilee of Schoenstatt’s foundation.
Departure from Milwaukee for Rome. Arrival there 17 September.
All decisions relating to Fr Kentenich revoked at a plenary session of the Cardinals of the Holy Office. Confirmed by Pope Paul VI on 22 October.
Fr Kentenich incardinated in the Diocese of Muenster by Bishop Joseph Hoeffner.
Fr Kentenich’s 80th Birthday.
Fr Kentenich received in audience by Pope Paul VI.
Return to Schoenstatt.
13 January 11 February
residing in Rome.
Return to Schoenstatt.
Visit to Dachau concentration camp for the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Schoenstatt Brothers of Mary and the Family Institute.
Sunday, 15 September, shortly after 7 a.m.
Fr Kentenich died in the sacristy of the recently completed Church of the Blessed Trinity on Mount Schoenstatt. He had just said Holy Mass for the first time in this church.
Burial where he died.