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Sr. M. Margareta.

Sister-MargaretaSister. M. Margareta Bittner joined the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary in 1962.  After the Novitiate, she was privileged to meet the founder of Schoenstatt, Fr Joseph Kentenich just before she sailed off to Cape Town, South Africa.  There she spent twenty years teaching and doing movement work.  In 1986 she was transferred to Scotland to work with the movement, co-ordinate the building of the Shrine and Centre and is still working here welcoming guests and visitors.  Sr. Margareta frequently visits both the North and South of Ireland as part of her work.


Sr. Mary-Elsbeth

Sister-MarySister Mary-Elsbeth Owens, born in Glasgow, joined the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary in 1983.  Her initial training took place in Schoenstatt where she spent a number of years.  In February 1992 she returned home to work at the Schoenstatt Retreat Centre here in Scotland where she worked until 2004.  From 2004-2010 she worked in Cape Town, South Africa after which she returned to Scotland.  Sr. Mary Elsbeth still works with the community in South Africa on a regular basis.


Sr. M. Claire

Sister-ClaireSr. M. Claire Gussow is English and joined the sister’s community in 1993.  She did her initial training in Schoenstatt and spent some years in the various houses there.  Then she spent seven years in Cape Town, South Africa.  She arrived in Scotland in November 2003.  Since 2008 she returned to work fulltime in her profession as a podiatrist in the NHS, returning only to the Retreat Centre  at  the weekends.


Cailein Gillespie

Cailein GillespieCailein is a philosopher theologian, and has worked in China, Russia, Iran, Malta, India, Holland and Ireland.  For 26 years he worked as an academic in Management at Strathclyde University, in Glasgow. Since early 2013 Cailein has been the Centre Manager at Schoenstatt Scotland, and designs and directs retreats, meditation and many other aspects in the life of the Centre.


Fr Michael Savage

Father Michael Savage is a priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow and has also been a member of the Schoenstatt priest’s institute since 1981.  Alongside his parish work he frequently visits the Shrine and Retreat Centre to help out with visiting Groups and celebrating mass.  He feels that going to Schoenstatt is a wonderful and necessary way to relax in the peace of the Shrine and to recharge the spiritual batteries.