A relocation became necessary only a few months after the founding of the SJM in May 1988, when four new scouts wished to join the young community. The Parish House in Wickstadt was too small for eight people. It was just at this time that Fr Hönisch received the kind offer from Bishop Stimpfle of Augsburg to settle the community in the old Capuchin Monastery of Mussenhausen - where on the 21st of September 1988 the first formation course began. Thus Allgäu became the birthplace of the SJM.
During this initial period, many concrete questions had to be clarified. It soon became clear that the SJM would not become a community of secular priests, but rather a religious order, whose members would live-out their freely-chosen commitment through the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Mussenhausen is a small place in Allgäu with an old pilgrimage to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whose icon is venerated in the local Baroque Church. In the year 1700, a pilgrim-priest moved into the bordering chaplain house, the so-called "Klösterl". From 1858 the cloister was inhabited by Capuchins. Later, the house was once again vacated - and therefore free for a new, young community.
Additionally, it became clear that the spirituality of the community should be especially shaped by the charism of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, at the centre of whose life and work stood the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls.
Furthermore, it was decided that the SJM should be an active order, whose members would live on the strength of an interior closeness with Christ.
As well, the scouting roots of the first members were not to be overlooked: from the beginning, the spiritual care of scouting groups was a special focus of the SJM.
On the other hand, in everyday life, a deliberately frugal and simple lifestyle should be maintained - an ideal naturally fostered by conditions in the cloister at Mussenhausen.
During these first years, the community also came into contact with the Tridentine form of the Mass and came to treasure it as a source of enrichment for the spiritual life. Therefore permission was also sought to be able to celebrate the old form of the Mass, in addition to the use of the new Missal of Pope Paul VI. In this way, long before the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, the SJM came to celebrate the forma ordinaria and the forma extraordinaria side-by-side.
The spiritual formation of the future priests was undertaken by Fr. Hönisch himself. He was supported in the first years by Abbé Pierre Gaudray, a French priest, who lived with the community in the Monastery at Mussenhausen. The young religious were sent for their philosophical and theological studies to the international Seminary of the Fraternity of St. Peter in near-by Wigratzbad. In their free time they supported, to the best of their ability, the scout groups in the area.
Each year, new candidates entered the community, sometimes already seminarians. Therefore the first Priestly Ordinations were able to be celebrated already at the 11th of February 1992. Now the reach of the Order expanded rapidly. From this point on, it was no longer Fr. Hönisch alone who was active as a priest in the care of souls, but the newly ordained also worked in parishes and in youth work.
Thus the question of recognition by the Church became more urgent. The joy was great when the message was received from Rome, that the Apostolic See was ready to establish the young order as a Congregation of Pontifical Right.