In the years following, the SJM grew slowly but steadily, until it became increasingly cramped in the Monastery of Mussenhausen. Intermittent differences of opinion with the diocese of Augsburg led to a further move in 1996, this time to Blindenmarkt in Austria, where the community received from J. Bentlage a stately historical building by the name of “Schloss Auhof“. With approval of the diocese, the house was canonically erected as a residence. And so a new stage in the development of the Order was begun.
In the course of the move to Blindenmarkt, Fr. Hönisch decided to take the philosophical and theological training of the candidates for the Priesthood - alongside their spiritual formation - into his own hands. To this end, he also founded in the new Austrian settlement a small institute under the patronage of St. Peter Canisius. With the endorsement of Rome and the practical help of professor-friends, who came regularly (and come still) in scores for lectures at the Auhof, the Study House of St. Peter Canisius has been able since this time to offer the necessary courses for the training of Priests. This has been a great advantage for the students themselves, who could now receive the greatest part of their education under one roof.
Meanwhile, the order opened up ever new fields of pastoral work, far over the borders of Germany: The care of parishes in Germany, Austria and France; Boarding Schools - first in Zwettl (lower Austria), later then in Münster (North-Rhine Westphalia); Mission stations with schools and kindergartens in Romania and Kazachstan; the direction of an in-house publishing company; the publication of the Order’s own magazine; the construction of a recording studio; an apostolate in France for youth far from the Church; offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; the founding of a Third Order for laity, and last but not least, the spiritual care of scouting groups - as previously, a key focus of the SJM. Furthermore, it was always a concern for Fr. Hönisch that some priests were free after their ordination to further their studies at international Universities.In short, although the number of religious and priests has steadily grown from the beginning, the demand for priests over the years has but more quickly grown. The Harvest is great, but the labourers are few (Mt. 9:37).