Stephanie Bast

Born 1965, trained as an electrical appliance mechanic and later as an electrical engineer. Since 1996 she has been working as a parish housekeeper in various parishes. Lives in Nittenau/Germany. Belongs to the Professional Women of the Schoenstatt Movement.

Which experiences have shaped you as a woman?

  • During my childhood and youth, the upbringing of my parents encouraged me to seek and develop my gifts and talents.
  • I was sheltered in the family with my parents and had the feeling that I could always go to them and talk to them about everything.
  • The youth work of the Schoenstatt Youth. Here one could deal with oneself and seek one’s personal ideal.
  • If one follows one’s own personal path, many things are possible. When I was 16 years old, I was trained in a typical male profession, my family gave me all the freedom I needed. My ” being a woman ” in a male profession was never a problem for me. Even during my later further training and work as an electrical engineer I always received good support as a woman because it was “my” way.
  • In the Schoenstatt Movement I got to know the Blessed Mother as a role model and experienced her as the way to a fulfilled life.
  • I have also experienced various women as role models.
  • The community with the ” professional women ” has had a great impact on me.  The community meetings, retreats, recreational activities in which we dealt with our faith have enriched me greatly. We are very connected in our spiritual togetherness, even if we don’t see each other for a long time or don’t hear anything from each other. When you are at a meeting again, it is as if you had just been together.
  • To discover God’s unconditional YES to me and to experience that He says to me: “… because you are precious and valuable in my eyes” (Is. 43).

Where have you experienced God in your life?

  • In many little everyday things like in my garden, in beautiful flowers, in good conversations with friends, in Holy Mass, in prayer…
  • I experienced the help of God when I found a good solution for my mother’s placement in a retirement home.  There she is satisfied with her current situation.
  • When my father was already seriously ill and we knew that he would die within the next few hours, I had the feeling that I was not alone in that situation and that his last path was now leading to God.  God is there and takes him by the hand into a new life.
  • A special place for me to meet God was Assisi/Carceri.  In the seclusion and peace of a small chapel I felt God very close. An important decision for my further career and life path was pending and there I felt carried by God and I could make a decision.
  • When I changed my career and took a completely new path, I knew that God was walking with me.
  • In many encounters with people I have had in the rectory and in the parish.
  • The many people I was allowed to get to know.

What do you see as the challenge for women today?

  • To be open to the rapidly changing society and not to lose oneself in the process.
  • As a woman of today, to find the right balance in family, career and society.

What do you want to change through your life in this world?

  • Through my life and my faith to be open for all people I meet.
  • Through my encounters with others who are interested in faith, I want to enter into conversation about God.