Where else would you feel that tranquility, peace and that all important divine presence but at Mt Schoenstatt, the quiet little shrine not too far from Sydney's CBD.
Situated in Mulgoa, near Penrith - an hours drive from Sydney; the shrine has become a place of pilgrimage to people from many nations and walks of life.
A personal prayer and a plea in that quaint, beautiful shrine is bound to bring about results that you desire, or so is believed by many who continue on their pilgrimage to this miracle place in faith.
Set in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings of the Mulgoa Valley in Penrith; the Mt Schoenstatt shrine is said to be made as an exact replica of an ancient chapel in Germany. The chapel building was completed in 1968. Since then many thousands have visited the place just to be in the presence of spirituality and divinity which is felt through out the property.
Walking through the beautiful gardens and the grounds of Mt Schoenstatt, you cannot forget the feeling that you are indeed in a place of worship. If you walk just behind the shrine itself, especially at dusk; you are bound to see groups of wild kangaroos in the bushland below. Occasionally you will find a sister clad in black and white roaming the grounds and greeting visitors. This scene is quite reminiscent of what one might encounter in an European country such as Austria or Switzerland.
The Sisters who manage the place would gladly give their time and sit with you for a special prayer, or even for a friendly chat.
The church, a true slice of heaven, has over night facilities if a prayerful retreat is what you seek. And many do just that, as there are groups who continually stay for praise, worship and prayer retreats.
What fascinated me the most are the silent retreats run by the different churches in these grounds. It is said that groups of people come and stay over the weekend reflecting on their lives in total silence. No distractions in any shape or form. No cellphones, and no television; just you in the presence of the divine one. How amazing this would be, only if I could actually get motivated to do it. Maybe one day for I have already added go on a silent retreat to my bucket list.
For day visitors, the sight offers toilet facilities; an information centre, and also an area where you can make a cup of coffee and have a biscuit - as well as purchase souvenirs and items of worship.
Where: 230 Fairlight Rd, Mulgoa NSW.
Why: Great place for a faith based outing.
Cost: Free admission. Stay overs incur a fee for accommodation and food.
When: All year round.