Preface by Card. Stanisław Ryłko

  A constant feature of the life of the Church The burgeoning of associations of the laity, which are such a typical feature of the contemporary Church, is by no means unprecedented in the Church’s history. As John Paul II has said, across the centuries "we have constantly seen the phenomenon of groups of varying sizes being spontaneously urged on to join together, driven by a... Read more

Associations of the Faithful. Directory

  • Adsis Communities
    Adsis Communities

    OFFICIAL NAME   Adsis Communities   ALSO KNOWN AS Adsis   ESTABLISHED 1964   HISTORY The Adsis Communities were founded in Bilbao, Spain, by Father José Luis Pérez Alvarez. The members include men and women from all states of life, and from the beginning it was intended to... Read more

  • Amigonian Cooperators
    Amigonian Cooperators

    OFFICIAL NAME   Amigonian Cooperators   ACRONYM A.Cs   ESTABLISHED 1992   HISTORY The Amigonian Cooperators was instituted by the Capuchin Tertiaries (Amigonian Fathers). Their work among the laity following the charism of the Capuchin Bishop Luis Amigó y Ferrer (1854-1934)... Read more

  • Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt
    Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt

    OFFICIAL NAME   Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt   ALSO KNOWN AS Schoenstatt Movement   ESTABLISHED 1914   HISTORY The Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt was founded by a young Pallotine priest, Josef Kentenich (1885-1968) who was given the pastoral care of a student house at... Read more

  • Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships
    Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships

    OFFICIAL NAME   Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships   ALSO KNOWN AS Catholic Fraternity   ESTABLISHED 1990   HISTORY The Catholic Fraternity was created at the initiative of a number of Catholic Charismatic Communities belonging to the... Read more

  • Catholic Integrated Community
    Catholic Integrated Community

    OFFICIAL NAME   Catholic Integrated Community ACRONYM KIG - (Katholische Integrierte Gemeinde) ESTABLISHED 1945 HISTORY The Catholic Integrated Community was established in Munich in Germany, under the name "Junger Bund" immediately in the wake of the Second World War and the tragic... Read more

  • Catholic International Education Office
    Catholic International Education Office

    OFFICIAL NAME   Catholic International Education Office ACRONYM OIEC (Office International de l’Enseignement Catholique) ESTABLISHED 1952 HISTORY OIEC was founded in Lucerne, Switzerland by a group of people who felt it appropriate to establish relations for cooperation in the field of... Read more

  • Cenacolo Community

    OFFICIAL NAME   CENACOLO COMMUNITY ESTABLISHED 1983 HISTORY the Cenacolo Community was founded on a hilltop in Saluzzo (Cuneo, Italy) on July 16, 1983, on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, by Sr. Rita Petrozzi (Mother Elvira). After years of waiting and prayer, she received the... Read more

  • Chemin Neuf Community
    Chemin Neuf Community

    OFFICIAL NAME   Chemin Neuf Community   ACRONYM CCN (Communauté "Chemin Neuf")   ESTABLISHED 1973   HISTORY CCN was created in 1973 in Lyon, France, by a Charismatic Renewal prayer group, at the initiative of the Jesuit priest, Father Laurent Fabre. The Community was... Read more

  • Christian Life Community
    Christian Life Community

    OFFICIAL NAME   Christian Life Community   ACRONYM CVX   ESTABLISHED 1952   HISTORY The origins of CVX date back to the Marian Congregations created in 1563 by the Jesuit priest Jean Leunis and a group of students from the Roman College who wished to follow in the footsteps of... Read more

  • Christian Life Movement
    Christian Life Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME   Christian Life Movement   ACRONYM CLM   ESTABLISHED 1985   HISTORY CLM was founded in Lima, Peru, by Luis Fernando Figari, drawing on the initiatives and experiences during the 1970s of the members of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, which Figari founded, and... Read more

  • Claire Amitié
    Claire Amitié

    OFFICIAL NAME Claire Amitié   ESTABLISHED 1946   HISTORY Claire Amitié was established in France by Thérèse Cornille (1917-1989) a young woman trained in Catholic Action and Young Christian Workers, who at the age of 29 decided to devote her life to the service of girls and young women... Read more

  • Comunità Domenico Tardini Association
    Comunità Domenico Tardini Association

    OFFICIAL NAME "Comunità Domenico Tardini" Association   ESTABLISHED 1980   HISTORY The Association was founded on the principles put forward by Cardinal Domenico Tardini. He felt called to devote himself to children - to whom Jesus attributed the highest dignity in the Kingdom... Read more

  • Cooperators of Opus Dei

    OFFICIAL NAME Cooperators of Opus Dei    IDENTITY The Cooperators of Opus Dei are men and women who belong to an association inseparably linked to the Opus Dei Prelature, although they are not incorporated in the Prelature. The Cooperators, together with the faithful of the Prelature,... Read more

  • Couples for Christ
    Couples for Christ

    OFFICIAL NAME Couples for Christ ACRONYM CFC ESTABLISHED 1981 HISTORY The Couples for Christ Association was established in Manila, Philippines, by 16 married couples belonging to a Catholic Charismatic Renewal prayer group. It works for Christian couples wishing to deepen their faith by helping... Read more

  • Emmanuel Community
    Emmanuel Community

    OFFICIAL NAME Emmanuel Community   ESTABLISHED 1972   HISTORY The Emmanuel Community was founded in Paris, France, by Pierre Goursat (1914-1991) and Martine Laffitte-Catta based on the experience of a Charismatic Renewal prayer group. It was originally only for lay people, both single and... Read more

  • Encounters of Married Couples
    Encounters of Married Couples

    OFFICIAL NAME Encounters of Married Couples   ALSO KNOWN AS Dialogues   ESTABLISHED 1978   HISTORY Dialogues was established in Poland by a married couple Irena and Jerzy Grzybowscy together with Stanisław Boguszewski, a Polish national living in Canada through whom they learned... Read more

  • Encounters of Youth Promotion
    Encounters of Youth Promotion

    OFFICIAL NAME Encounters of Youth Promotion   AKRONYM EYP   ESTABLISHED 1968   HISTORY EYP was established in Medellín, Colombia, by the Spanish priest, Father José Maria Pujadas Ferrer following an international course on the dynamics of apostolic youth groups organised in Bogota... Read more

  • Fondacio. Christians for the World
    Fondacio. Christians for the World

    OFFICIAL NAME Fondacio. Christians for the World   ALSO KNOWN AS Fondacio   ESTABLISHED 1974   HISTORY Fondacio was established in France under the name of Christian Formation Community, in the wake of Catholic Charismatic Renewal and at the initiative of Jean-Michel Rousseau, a... Read more

  • Foyers de Charité

    OFFICIAL NAME Foyers de Charité   ESTABLISHED 1936   HISTORY Foyers de Charité was instituted following a meeting between Marthe Robin (1902-1981) and Father Georges Finet, who was to become her spiritual director. Marthe Robin, who had been ill from the age of 16, offered herself to the... Read more

  • Franciscans of Mary
    Franciscans of Mary

    OFFICIAL NAME        Franciscans of Mary   ALSO KNOWN AS     Missionaries of Gratitude   AKRONYM     FM   NAME IN OTHER LANGUAGES     Spanish: Franciscanos de María. French: Franciscains de Marie. Italian:... Read more

  • Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld

    OFFICIAL NAME Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld   ACRONYM FCF   ESTABLISHED 1991   HISTORY FCF was established at Bayonne, France, by a group of women of 20 nationalities who had shared a long experience of the Jesus Caritas Fraternity (today a Secular Institute). It is one of the... Read more

  • Fraternity of Communion and Liberation
    Fraternity of Communion and Liberation

    OFFICIAL NAME Fraternity of Communion and Liberation   ACRONYM CL   ALSO KNOWN AS Communion and Liberation   ESTABLISHED 1954   HISTORY At the beginning of the 1950s, realising the need to rebuild the Christian presence in the student world, Father Luigi Giussani, a professor... Read more

  • Fraternity of St Thomas Aquinas Groups
    Fraternity of St Thomas Aquinas Groups

    OFFICIAL NAME Fraternity of St Thomas Aquinas Groups   ACRONYM FASTA (Fraternidad de Agrupaciones Santo Tomás de Aquino)   ESTABLISHED 1962   HISTORY FASTA was established in Leones, Argentina, by Fr Aníbal Ernesto Fosbery OP, in response to the prompting of Vatican II to promote... Read more

  • Heart's Home
    Heart's Home

    OFFICIAL NAME Heart's Home   ESTABLISHED 1990   HISTORY Heart’s Home was founded in Paraná, Argentina, by Fr Thierry de Roucy, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Servants of Jesus and Mary at the time, to create small communities to take in neglected, abandoned or abused... Read more

  • Heralds of the Gospel
    Heralds of the Gospel

    OFFICIAL NAME Heralds of the Gospel   ACRONYM EP (from the Latin name of the association Evangelii Praecones)   ESTABLISHED 1999   HISTORY EP dates back to the 1960s when a group of young Catholics from São Paulo, Brazil, led by João Scognamiglio Clá Días, Pedro Paulo de Figueiredo... Read more

  • Holy Family Association
    Holy Family Association

    OFFICIAL NAME Holy Family Association   ESTABLISHED 1892   HISTORY The Holy Family Association took up the legacy of the Pious Association of Christian Families, established in 1892 by Leo XIII with his Brief Neminem Fugit to bring together all the different movements and associations... Read more

  • Home of the mother
    Home of the mother

    OFFICIAL NAME Hogar de la Madre de todos los hombres, Madre de la Juventud ALSO KNOWN AS Hogar de la Madre  ACRONYM HM NAME IN OTHER LANGUAGES English: Home of the Mother (HM). French: Foyer de la Mère (FM). Italian: Focolare della Madre (FM). ESTABLISHED 1982 HISTORY The Hogar de la Madre... Read more

  • Institute for World Evangelisation
    Institute for World Evangelisation

    OFFICIAL NAME Institute for World Evangelisation   ALSO KNOWN AS ICPE Mission   ESTABLISHED 1985   HISTORY ICPE Mission was founded in Malta by Mario and Anna Cappello, supported by the leaders and members of the Glory of God International Covenant Community, a Catholic Charismatic... Read more

  • Intercontinental Christian Fraternity of the Chronic Sick and Physically Disabled

    OFFICIAL NAME Intercontinental Christian Fraternity of the Chronic Sick and Physically Disabled   ACRONYM FCIPMH (Fraternité Chrétienne Intercontinentale des Personnes Malades Chroniques et Handicappées Physiques)   ALSO KNOWN AS Frater   ESTABLISHED 1945   HISTORY Frater was... Read more

  • International Alliance of Catholic Knights
    International Alliance of Catholic Knights

    OFFICIAL NAME International Alliance of Catholic Knights   ACRONYM IACK   ESTABLISHED 1979   HISTORY IACK was founded in the United Kingdom by the Orders of Catholic Knights from Britain, the United States, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. It was approved by the... Read more

  • International Association of Caterinati
    International Association of Caterinati

    OFFICIAL NAME International Association of "Caterinati"   ESTABLISHED 1970   HISTORY The International Association of followers of Saint Catherine of Siena was founded in Siena by Archbishop Mario Ismaele Castellano OP on the same day that Pope Paul VI proclaimed St Catherine... Read more

  • International Association of Charities
    International Association of Charities

      OFFICIAL NAME International Association of Charities ACRONYM AIC (Association Internationale des Charités) ESTABLISHED 1971 HISTORY The AIC dates back to 1617, the year in which St Vincent de Paul gathered together a group of women at Châtillon-les-Dombes, France, creating the first attempts... Read more

  • International Association of Faith and Light
    International Association of Faith and Light

    OFFICIAL NAME International Association of Faith and Light   ALSO KNOWN AS Faith and Light International   ESTABLISHED 1971   HISTORY Faith and Light International came into being following a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, in 1971 organised by Jean Vanier and Marie Hélène Mathieu in... Read more

  • International Association of Missionaries of Political Charity
    International Association of Missionaries of Political Charity

    OFFICIAL NAME International Association of Missionaries of Political Charity   ESTABLISHED 1976   HISTORY The International Association of Missionaries of Political Charity was originally founded in Milan by Alfredo Luciani as European Christian Social Action, a movement dedicated to... Read more

  • International Catholic Centre for Cooperation with UNESCO
    International Catholic Centre for Cooperation with UNESCO

    OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Centre for Cooperation with UNESCO   ACRONYM CCIC (Centre Catholique International de Coopération avec l’UNESCO)   ESTABLISHED 1947   HISTORY CCIC was established in the same year as UNESCO, to guarantee a Catholic presence in this new United... Read more

  • International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services
    International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services

      OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services   ACRONYM ICCRS   ESTABLISHED 1978   HISTORY The origins of ICCRS go back to 1970 when an International Communications Office (ICO) began operating at Ann Arbor (Michigan) at Notre Dame University, to keep... Read more

  • International Catholic Child Bureau
    International Catholic Child Bureau

    OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Child Bureau ACRONYM BICE (Bureau International Catholique de l’Enfance) ESTABLISHED 1948 HISTORY BICE was founded in Paris as a tool to serve those who, in the Catholic world, are working to establish the rights of children and to ensure their comprehensive... Read more

  • International Catholic Committee for Gypsies

    OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Committee for Gypsies   ACRONYM CCIT (Comité Catholique International pour les Tsiganes)   ESTABLISHED 1976   HISTORY CCIT was created following a number of informal meetings organised in Paris, France, at the beginning of the 1970s by the French... Read more

  • International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants
    International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants

    OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medical Social Assistants ACRONYM CICIAMS (Comité International Catholique des Infirmières et Assistantes Médico-Sociales) ESTABLISHED 1933 HISTORY CICIAMS came into being in Lourdes, France, under the name "International Study... Read more

  • International Catholic Conference of Guiding
    International Catholic Conference of Guiding

    OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Conference of Guiding ACRONYM ICCG ESTABLISHED 1965 HISTORY ICCG was originally established by some 20 organisations belonging to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The first meetings of Catholic Guide leaders from different countries began in... Read more

  • International Catholic Conference of Scouting
    International Catholic Conference of Scouting

    OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Conference of Scouting   ACRONYM ICCS   ESTABLISHED 1948   HISTORY ICCS started out as the International Office of Catholic Scouts, which was created in 1920 at the first World Jamboree, by the French Jesuit Jacques Sevin (Scouts de France),... Read more

  • International Catholic Migration Commission
    International Catholic Migration Commission

    OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Migration Commission   ACRONYM ICMC   ESTABLISHED 1951   HISTORY ICMC was established in order to deal with the massive movement of refugees following the upheavals caused by the Second World War, and also in order to restore to millions of people... Read more

  • International Catholic Movemente for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs
    International Catholic Movemente for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs

    OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Movemente for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs   ACRONYM ICMICA-Pax Romana   ESTABLISHED 1947   HISTORY Officially founded in Rome, Pax Romana-ICMICA was established historically and sociologically by the members of the International Movement of... Read more

  • International Catholic Society for Girls
    International Catholic Society for Girls

        OFFICIAL NAME International Catholic Society for Girls ACRONYM ACISJF (Association Catholique Internationale de Services pour la Jeunesse Féminine) ESTABLISHED 1897 HISTORY ACISJF was the first Catholic international association for girls, founded in Friburg in Switzerland in 1897 by... Read more

  • International Christian Union of Business Executives
    International Christian Union of Business Executives

    OFFICIAL NAME International Christian Union of Business Executives   ACRONYM UNIAPAC (after the original name of the Association: Union Internationale des Associations Patronales Catholiques)   ESTABLISHED 1931   HISTORY UNIAPAC began as the International Conference of Associations... Read more

  • International Confederation of Professional Associations of Domestic Workers

    OFFICIAL NAME International Confederation of Professional Associations of Domestic Workers   ACRONYM IAG (Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Berufsverbände Christlischer Arbeitnehmerinnen in der Hauswirtschaft)   ESTABLISHED 1959   HISTORY The first moves were made to found the... Read more

  • International Confederation of the Society of St Vincent de Paul
    International Confederation of the Society of St Vincent de Paul

    OFFICIAL NAME International Confederation of the Society of St Vincent de Paul   ACRONYM SSVP   ESTABLISHED 1833   HISTORY The SSVP was founded in Paris as a result of a Conference on Law and History organised by the journalist Emmanuel Bailly for university undergraduates at a time... Read more

  • International Confederation of the Volunteers of Suffering Centers
    International Confederation of the Volunteers of Suffering Centers

    OFFICIAL NAME International Confederation of the Volunteers of Suffering Centers   ALSO KNOWN AS International Confederation CVS (Centri Volontari della Sofferenza)   ESTABLISHED 1943   HISTORY International Confederation CVS was created in Rome by Monsignor Luigi Novarese... Read more

  • International Coordination of Young Christian Workers

      OFFICIAL NAME International Coordination of Young Christian Workers ACRONYM ICYCW ESTABLISHED 1987 HISTORY The Young Christian Workers (YCW) was founded in Belgium in 1925 at the initiative of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn who was then a young priest. The experience of this group of young working... Read more

  • International Council of Catholic Men
    International Council of Catholic Men

    OFFICIAL NAME International Council of Catholic Men   ACRONYM FIHC-Unum Omnes (Fédération Internationale des Hommes Catholiques)   ESTABLISHED 1948   HISTORY Unum Omnes started out as the International Federation of Men’s Associations of Catholic Action, created by the Italian... Read more

  • International Federation of Catholic Associations of the Blind
    International Federation of Catholic Associations of the Blind

    OFFICIAL NAME International Federation of Catholic Associations of the Blind   ACRONYM FIDACA (Fédération Internationale des Associations Catholiques d’Aveugles)   ESTABLISHED 1981   HISTORY FIDACA was founded in the 1980s in Landschlacht, Switzerland, by Catholic national... Read more

  • International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations
    International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations

    OFFICIAL NAME International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations   ACRONYM FIAMC (Fédération Internationale des Associations Médicales Catholiques)   ESTABLISHED 1966   HISTORY The first association of Catholic physicians was founded in France in 1884 in response to the... Read more

  • International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements
    International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements

      OFFICIAL NAME International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements   ACRONYM FIMCAP (Fédération Internationale des Mouvements Catholiques d’Action Paroissiale)   ESTABLISHED 1962   HISTORY The origins of FIMCAP date back to the 1950s when the leaders of Catholic... Read more

  • International Federation of Catholic Pharmacists

    OFFICIAL NAME International Federation of Catholic Pharmacists   ACRONYM FIPC (Fédération Internationale des Pharmaciens Catholiques)   ESTABLISHED 1950   HISTORY The first steps towards establishing the FIPC were taken in the 1930s by associations of Catholic pharmacists in Belgium... Read more

  • International Federation of Catholic Universities
    International Federation of Catholic Universities

    OFFICIAL NAME International Federation of Catholic Universities   ACRONYM IFCU   ESTABLISHED 1948   HISTORY The first moves to create a federation of Catholic universities were made in 1924, thanks to the work of the Catholic Universities of Milan (Italy) and Nijmegen (Netherlands).... Read more

  • International Federation of L'Arche Communities
    International Federation of L'Arche Communities

    OFFICIAL NAME International Federation of L'Arche Communities   ALSO KNOWN AS L’Arche International   ESTABLISHED 1964   HISTORY   L’Arche was founded as a result of a chance encounter. In 1963, Jean Vanier, then a philosophy teacher in Canada, went to visit Father Thomas... Read more

  • International Federation of Pueri Cantores
    International Federation of Pueri Cantores

    OFFICIAL NAME International Federation of Pueri Cantores   ACRONYM FIPC (Foederatio Internationalis Pueri Cantores)   ESTABLISHED 1907   HISTORY FIPC began as the Schola cantorum of the Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois, founded in Paris, France, by two music students, Paul... Read more

  • International Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movements

    OFFICIAL NAME International Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movements   ACRONYM FIMARC (Fédération Internationale des Mouvements Adultes Ruraux Catholiques)   ESTABLISHED 1964   HISTORY FIMARC was established in Fatima, Portugal by rural adult Catholic movements from various... Read more

  • International Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movements
    International Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movements

    OFFICIAL NAME International Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movements   ACRONYM FIMARC (Fédération Internationale des Mouvements Adultes Ruraux Catholiques)   ESTABLISHED 1964   HISTORY FIMARC was established in Fatima, Portugal by rural adult Catholic movements from various... Read more

  • International Forum of Catholic Action
    International Forum of Catholic Action

    OFFICIAL NAME International Forum of Catholic Action   ACRONYM IFCA   ESTABLISHED 1991   HISTORY IFCA was established by the Catholic Action movements of Argentina, Spain, Austria, Malta, Mexico and Italy, following the 1987 Synod on the vocation and mission of the laity in the... Read more

  • International Independent Christian Youth

    OFFICIAL NAME International Independent Christian Youth   ACRONYM JICI (Jeunesse Indépendente Chrétienne Internationale)   ESTABLISHED 1931   HISTORY Independent Christian Youth was established in France in the 1930s by a number of young people from middle-class and aristocratic... Read more

  • International Kolping Society
    International Kolping Society

    OFFICIAL NAME International Kolping Society   ACRONYM IKS   ALSO KNOWN AS Kolping International   ESTABLISHED 1849   HISTORY IKS was founded in Cologne, Germany, by a young priest, Adolph Kolping, to contribute to seeking solutions to the urgent social problems that had been... Read more

  • International Military Apostolate

    OFFICIAL NAME International Military Apostolate   ACRONYM AMI (Apostolat Militaire International)   ESTABLISHED 1965   HISTORY AMI was founded in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, by Catholic military personnel of 10 countries. They felt the need for a means of disseminating and... Read more

  • International Movement of Apostolate in the Independent Social Milieus
    International Movement of Apostolate in the Independent Social Milieus

    OFFICIAL NAME International Movement of Apostolate in the Independent Social Milieus   ACRONYM MIAMSI (Mouvement International d’Apostolat des Milieux Sociaux Indépendants)   ESTABLISHED 1963   HISTORY At the beginning of the 1940s, in the wake of the activity being encouraged by... Read more

  • International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth
    International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth

    OFFICIAL NAME International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth   ACRONYM MIJARC (Mouvement International de la Jeunesse Agricole et Rurale Catholique)   ESTABLISHED 1954   HISTORY MIJARC was established in Brussels, Belgium, by a number of national Catholic... Read more

  • International Movement of Catholic Students
    International Movement of Catholic Students

    OFFICIAL NAME International Movement of Catholic Students ACRONYM IMCS-Pax Romana ESTABLISHED 1921 HISTORY IMCS-Pax Romana was established at Fribourg, Switzerland, as "Pax Romana", at the service of the University world in that period of history in which Pius XI’s idea of Catholic... Read more

  • International Movement of the Apostolate for Children
    International Movement of the Apostolate for Children

    OFFICIAL NAME International Movement of the Apostolate for Children   ACRONYM MIDADE (Mouvement International d’Apostolat des Enfants)   ESTABLISHED 1966   HISTORY The origins of MIDADE date back to 1936 when Fr Gaston Courtois instituted the Coeurs vaillants et Âmes vaillantes... Read more

  • International Union of Catholic Esperantists
    International Union of Catholic Esperantists

    OFFICIAL NAME International Union of Catholic Esperantists   ACRONYM IKUE (Internacia Katolika Unuigo Esperantista)   ALSO KNOWN AS Catholic Esperantists   ESTABLISHED 1910   HISTORY IKUE was instituted at the Institut Catholique in Paris, France, by a group of Catholic... Read more

  • International Union of Catholic Jurists

    OFFICIAL NAME International Union of Catholic Jurists   ACRONYM UIJC (Union Internationale des Juristes Catholiques)   ESTABLISHED 1986   HISTORY The UIJC has its origins in associations of Catholic lawyers in different countries, beginning in the 1940s. Following the Second World... Read more

  • International Union of European Guides and Scouts European Scouting Federation
    International Union of European Guides and Scouts European Scouting Federation

    OFFICIAL NAME International Union of European Guides and Scouts European Scouting Federation   ACRONYM UIGSE-FSE (Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d’Europe - Fédération du Scoutisme Européen)   ALSO KNOWN AS CES - Confederation of European... Read more

  • International Young Catholic Students

    OFFICIAL NAME International Young Catholic Students   ACRONYM IYCS   ESTABLISHED 1946   HISTORY Young Catholic Students was created in Europe as part of the Catholic Action movements that began to spread in the 1920s. Progress was interrupted by the Second World War, but its... Read more

  • Lay Claretian Movement
    Lay Claretian Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME Lay Claretian Movement   ACRONYM MSC (Movimiento de Seglares Claretianos)   ALSO KNOWN AS Lay Claretians   ESTABLISHED 1983   HISTORY MSC was founded at Villa de Leiva, in Colombia, by the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians). They decided... Read more

  • Legion of Mary
    Legion of Mary

    OFFICIAL NAME Legion of Mary   ESTABLISHED 1921   HISTORY The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland, by a group of 15 people under the guidance of Frank Duff, a young civil servant with the Department of Finance, as a new form of apostolate, paying visits to the sick and needy in... Read more

  • Life Ascending International

    OFFICIAL NAME Life Ascending International   ACRONYM VMI (Vie Montante Internationale)   ESTABLISHED 1985   HISTORY The Vie Montante (Life Ascending) experience began in Paris in the 1950s when groups of elderly Christians began to meet with André d’Humières. It was founded as an... Read more

  • Light-Life Movement
    Light-Life Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME Light-Life Movement   ACRONYM RŚŻ (Ruch Światło-Życie)   ALSO KNOWN AS Light and Life   ESTABLISHED   1954   HISTORY The beginnings of Light and Life go back to the 1950s when, under the guidance of Fr Franciszek Blachnicki (1921-1987) the experience of the... Read more

  • Living In Spirituality Movement
    Living In Spirituality Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME "Living In" Spirituality Movement   ESTABLISHED 1958   HISTORY The "Living In" Spirituality Movement was founded by Father Nicola Giordano after he was inspired by the place where the apostle Paul was martyred near the Tre Fontane in Rome. It spread... Read more

  • Marianist Lay Communities
    Marianist Lay Communities

    OFFICIAL NAME Marianist Lay Communities   ACRONYM MLC   ESTABLISHED 1993   HISTORY The MLC have emerged from the Marian Congregations that were brought into being by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade (1761- 1850) in Bordeaux, France, in 1800 to guide the lay faithful in serious... Read more

  • Memores Domini Lay Association

      OFFICIAL NAME Memores Domini Lay Association ALSO KNOWN AS Memores Domini or Adult Group ESTABLISHED 1964 HISTORY The Memores Domini were established in Milan under the guidance of Fr Luigi Giussani by a number of lay people who had previously been members of Gioventù Studentesca (Student... Read more

  • Militia Christi
    Militia Christi

    OFFICIAL NAME Militia Christi ACRONYM MJC (Militia of Jesus Christ) ESTABLISHED 1209 HISTORY MJC was founded in 1209, influenced by St Dominic and the Dominican friars. Encouraged across the centuries by numerous popes, it developed as an order of chivalry whose members, courageous faithful members... Read more

  • Militia of the Immaculata

    OFFICIAL NAME Militia of the Immaculata   ACRONYM M.I. (Militia Immaculatae)   ESTABLISHED 1917   HISTORY M.I. was founded in Rome at the International College of the Conventual Franciscans - which at that time was the "St Bonaventure" Pontifical Theological Faculty -, by... Read more

  • Missionary Community of Villaregia

    OFFICIAL NAME Missionary Community of Villaregia   ACRONYM CMV   ESTABLISHED 1981   HISTORY CMV was founded following a meeting in Cagliari at the beginning of 1975 between Father Luigi Prandin and Maria Luigia Corona, who discovered they had a common specific vocation to communion... Read more

  • Missionary Contemplative Movement "P. De Foucauld"
    Missionary Contemplative Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME Missionary Contemplative Movement "P. De Foucauld"   ALSO KNOWN AS Centro Missionario "P. de Foucauld"   ESTABLISHED 1951   HISTORY The Movement has its origins in a community to help street children founded in Cuneo as "Boys’ Town" by Fr... Read more

  • Nuovi Orizzonti
    Nuovi Orizzonti

    OFFICIAL NAME   Nuovi Orizzonti ESTABLISHED     1993 HISTORY     In 1990 Chiara Amirante began to walk to Termini railway station at night to respond to the emergency of social disorientation. She met the more desperate young people addicted to drugs, alone,... Read more

  • Oasis Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME OASIS MOVEMENT   ESTABLISHED 1950   HISTORY The Oasis Movement was founded in Rome on 1 November 1950, the day of the promulgation of the dogma of the Assumption of our Lady, by a group of students who took up the proposal made by Fr Virginio Rotondi S.J. to commit their... Read more

  • PAN AMERICAN CATHOLIC Health Care Association
    PAN AMERICAN CATHOLIC Health Care Association

    Acronym: PACHCA HISTORY The late John Cardinal O’Connor(died…) of the Archdiocese of New York was committed to advancing the Health Pastoral of the Church throughout the Americas. In doing so, he organized an annual Pan American Catholic Health Care Dialogue, bringing together representatives of... Read more

  • Pope John XXIII Community Association
    Pope John XXIII Community Association

    OFFICIAL NAME "Pope John XXIII Community" Association   ALSO KNOWN AS Pope John XXIII Community   ESTABLISHED 1968   HISTORY At the end of the 1950s, convinced of the importance of being present with the young people to whom he was teaching religion, Father Oreste Benzi (a... Read more

  • Prayer and Life Workshops
    Prayer and Life Workshops

    OFFICIAL NAME Prayer and Life Workshops   ACRONYM TOV (Talleres de Oración y Vida)   ESTABLISHED 1984   HISTORY TOV was founded in Santiago de Chile by Fr Ignacio Larrañaga, a Basque Capuchin Franciscan, who saw the lack of a methodological approach to prayer in various ecclesial... Read more

  • Pro Deo et Fratribus - Famiglia di Maria Association
    Pro Deo et Fratribus - Famiglia di Maria Association

    OFFICIAL NAME “Pro Deo et Fratribus - Famiglia di Maria” Association   ACRONYM PDF-FM   ESTABLISHED 1968   HISTORY PDF-FM was founded in 1968 at Sessa Aurunca (Caserta) by Bishop Pavel Hnilica SJ, to generate support for the persecuted Church in Eastern Europe. It was originally... Read more

  • Promoting Group of the Movement for a Better World

    OFFICIAL NAME Promoting Group of the Movement for a Better World   ACRONYM PG of the MBW   ALSO KNOWN AS Service of Community Animation   ESTABLISHED 1952   HISTORY The Movement for a Better World was established in Rome in response to the appeal for renewal launched by Pius... Read more

  • Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement
    Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME Regnum Christi Apostolic Movement   ESTABLISHED 1959   HISTORY Regnum Christi was founded in Mexico by Fr Macial Maciel, the founder of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, sharing its spirituality focused on a personal love for Jesus... Read more

  • SERMIG
    SERMIG

    OFFICIAL NAME SERMIG   ESTABLISHED 1964   HISTORY Sermig (Servizio Missionario Giovani - Missionary service of young people) was founded by Ernesto Olivero with his wife and some young people at the Turin Diocesan Missionary Office as a missionary support group, to eliminate the scourge... Read more

  • Salesian Cooperators Association
    Salesian Cooperators Association

    OFFICIAL NAME Salesian Cooperators Association   ACRONYM ACS (Associazione Cooperatori Salesiani)   ALSO KNOWN AS Salesian Cooperators   ESTABLISHED 1841   HISTORY The Salesian Cooperators date back to the origins of Don Bosco’s apostolic project to help poor, abandoned boys:... Read more

  • Salesian Youth Movement
    Salesian Youth Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME Salesian Youth Movement   ACRONYM SYM   ESTABLISHED 1988   HISTORY SYM was founded on the centenary of the death of Don Bosco, the founder and father of the Salesian family. Don Bosco’s passion for education notwithstanding, he could never have imagined a movement and... Read more

  • Sanguis Christi Union

    OFFICIAL NAME Sanguis Christi Union   ACRONYM USC (Unione Sanguis Christi)   ESTABLISHED 1808   HISTORY The USC was founded in Rome, at the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere, by Canon Francesco Albertini, who called it the "Pious Association in Honour of The Most Precious... Read more

  • Sant'Egidio Community
    Sant'Egidio Community

    OFFICIAL NAME Sant'Egidio Community   ALSO KNOWN AS Sant’Egidio   ESTABLISHED 1968   HISTORY The Community of Sant’Egidio was established in Rome by Andrea Riccardi. In the climate of renewal created by Vatican II, he began to gather together a group of high school students, of... Read more

  • Schoenstatt Women's Apostolic Union
    Schoenstatt Women's Apostolic Union

    OFFICIAL NAME Schoenstatt Women's Apostolic Union   ESTABLISHED 1920   HISTORY The Schoenstatt Women’s Apostolic Union has its roots in the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement, founded by Fr Josef Kentenich (see page 22) and in the Apostolic Union, and was the first association generated by... Read more

  • School of the Cross

    OFFICIAL NAME School of the Cross   ESTABLISHED 1965   HISTORY School of the Cross was founded in the rural parish of St Isidro Labrador, in the diocese of Villarhermosa, Mexico, by Fr Francisco Javier Asencio Dávalos, a professed brother of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the... Read more

  • Secular Missionary Carmel
    Secular Missionary Carmel

    OFFICIAL NAME Secular Missionary Carmel   ACRONYM CMS (Carmelo Misionero Seglar)   ESTABLISHED 1988   HISTORY The CMS was founded by Marelia Suárez, a young lay Catholic, attracted to Carmelite spirituality and the missionary dynamism of Fr Francisco Palau. In 1987 she put a proposal... Read more

  • Seguimi Lay Group of Human-Christian Promotion
    Seguimi Lay Group of Human-Christian Promotion

    OFFICIAL NAME "Seguimi" Lay Group of Human-Christian Promotion   ALSO KNOWN AS "Seguimi"   ESTABLISHED 1965   HISTORY The pre-foundation phase of "Seguimi" dates back to the 1960s, and occurred in two cities: Modena and Rome. In Modena, a large group of... Read more

  • Shalom Catholic Community
    Shalom Catholic Community

      OFFICIAL NAME Shalom Catholic Community ESTABLISHED 1982 HISTORY The Shalom Catholic Community was created at the initiative of a group of undergraduates headed by Moysés Louro de Azevedo Filho. With the encouragement of the Archbishop of Fortaleza (Brazil), they opened a pizza restaurant... Read more

  • Silent Workers of the Cross Association
    Silent Workers of the Cross Association

    OFFICIAL NAME Silent Workers of the Cross Association   ACRONYM SODC   ALSO KNOWN AS Silenziosi Operai della Croce   ESTABLISHED 1950   HISTORY SODC was established in order to direct and coordinate and guarantee continuity to the Apostolate of the Suffering (see page 131) which... Read more

  • St Benedict Patron of Europe Association

    OFFICIAL NAME St Benedict Patron of Europe Association ACRONYM ASBPE (Associatio Sanctus Benedictus Patronus Europae) ESTABLISHED 1967 HISTORY ASBPE was founded after the proclamation of St Benedict as the Patron of Europe in 1964 by Paul VI in his Apostolic Letter Pacis Nuntius. Considering the... Read more

  • St Francis de Sales Association

    OFFICIAL NAME St Francis de Sales Association   ALSO KNOWN AS Lay branch of the Society of the Daughters of St Francis de Sales   ESTABLISHED 1872   HISTORY The origins of the Association date back to 1872 when Abbé Henri Chaumont and Caroline Colchen Carré de Malberg set up a group... Read more

  • Teams of Our Lady
    Teams of Our Lady

    OFFICIAL NAME Teams of Our Lady   ACRONYM END (Équipes Notre-Dame)   ESTABLISHED 1947   HISTORY The Teams of Our Lady movement came into being in France at the end of the 1930s through a number of married couples who began to meet every month in each other’s houses under the... Read more

  • Teresian Apostolic Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME Teresian Apostolic Movement   ACRONYM TAM   ESTABLISHED 1977   HISTORY TAM has its origins in the Archconfraternity of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and Teresa of Jesus founded in 1873 by St Henry de Ossó in Tortosa, Spain, for young women wishing to fully live... Read more

  • Teresian Association
    Teresian Association

        OFFICIAL NAME Teresian Association   ACRONYM T.A.   ESTABLISHED 1911   HISTORY The T.A. originated in Covadonga (Asturias), in Spain, where it was started by Fr Pedro Poveda Castroverde, who was canonised by John Paul II in 2003. In view of the prevailing mentality that... Read more

  • Union of Catholic Apostolate
    Union of Catholic Apostolate

    OFFICIAL NAME Union of Catholic Apostolate   ACRONYM UAC (Unione dell’Apostolato Cattolico)   ESTABLISHED 1835   HISTORY UAC was founded by St Vincenzo Pallotti (1795-1850) a Roman priest. After Holy Mass one day, he was inspired by the Lord to establish "a Pious Union to... Read more

  • Work of Mary

    OFFICIAL NAME Work of Mary   ALSO KNOWN AS Focolare Movement   ESTABLISHED 1943   HISTORY At the beginning of the 1940s, in the climate of hatred and violence of the Second World War, Chiara Lubich - a young elementary school teacher in Trent, her native city, whose thirst for truth... Read more

  • Work of Nazareth

    OFFICIAL NAME Work of Nazareth ACRONYM ODN (Opera di Nàzaret) ALSO KNOWN AS Movimento di Compagnia (Compagnia) ESTABLISHED 1964 HISTORY ODN was founded in Reggio Emilia as a de facto association with a group of young people in the early 1960s who gathered around Professor Giovanni Riva. As... Read more

  • Work of Saint John of Avila

    OFFICIAL NAME Work of Saint John of Avila   ESTABLISHED 1919   HISTORY The Work of Saint John of Avila was founded in Valencia, Spain, by Fr José Soto Chuliá (1887-1975) who, as a parish priest, realised the need to create groups of faithful within the parishes living according to their... Read more

  • Work of Saint Teresa

    OFFICIAL NAME Work of Saint Teresa   ESTABLISHED 1938   HISTORY The Work of Saint Teresa was founded at Málaga, Spain, by Fr José Soto Chuliá (1887-1975). Driven by a great zeal for priests and wishing to help them in every way possible, he began to think of the possibility of training... Read more

  • World Apostolate of Fatima
    World Apostolate of Fatima

      OFFICIAL NAME       World Apostolate of Fatima AKRONYM   W.A.F. ESTABLISHED      1999 HISTORY     W.A.F. was formerly known as the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima. It was founded as a parish organization in St. Mary’s... Read more

  • World Catholic Association for Communication
    World Catholic Association for Communication

    OFFICIAL NAME World Catholic Association for Communication   ALSO KNOWN AS SIGNIS   ESTABLISHED 2001   HISTORY SIGNIS was founded by merging two organisations that had existed since 1928: OCIC, the International Catholic Organisation for Cinema, and UNDA, the International Catholic... Read more

  • World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Mary Help of Christians
    World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Mary Help of Christians

    OFFICIAL NAME World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Mary Help of Christians   ALSO KNOWN AS Past Pupils of the FMA (Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice)   ESTABLISHED 1908   HISTORY Early in the 20th century, a group of former Oratorian pupils from Turin, under the guidance of Fr... Read more

  • World Federation of the Eucharistic Works of the Church

    OFFICIAL NAME World Federation of the Eucharistic Works of the Church   ESTABLISHED 1962   HISTORY The Federation was established at a meeting of representatives of National Nocturnal Adoration Societies, organised in Rome by the Venerable Archconfraternity of the Nocturnal Adoration of... Read more

  • World Movement of Christian Workers
    World Movement of Christian Workers

    OFFICIAL NAME World Movement of Christian Workers   AKRONYM WMCW   ESTABLISHED 1966   HISTORY WMCW was created by the workers’ associations of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands in the 1950s, when they decided to join forces to create an international... Read more

  • World Organisation of Former Pupils of Catholic Education
    World Organisation of Former Pupils of Catholic Education

    OFFICIAL NAME World Organisation of Former Pupils of Catholic Education   ACRONYM OMAEC (Organisation Mondiale des Anciens et Anciennes Élèves de l’Enseignement Catholique)   ESTABLISHED 1967   HISTORY The idea of setting up associations of former pupils of Catholic schools - some... Read more

  • World Organisation of the Cursillo Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME World Organisation of the Cursillo Movement   ACRONYM OMCC (Organismo Mundial de Cursillos de Cristiandad)   ESTABLISHED 1980   HISTORY OMCC was established as an organisation to coordinate the Cursillos de Cristiandad Movement that was founded in Majorca, Spain, at... Read more

  • World Union of Catholic Teachers

    OFFICIAL NAME World Union of Catholic Teachers ACRONYM WUCT ESTABLISHED 1951 HISTORY WUCT dates back to 1908 when the Presidents of the Catholic teachers’ associations of Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany launched the idea, at a meeting organised to deal with problems in... Read more

  • World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations
    World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations

    OFFICIAL NAME World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations ACRONYM WUCWO ESTABLISHED 1910 HISTORY In 1910, a group of European and Latin American women, with the support of the International Catholic Society for Girls (see page 122) created the International Union of Catholic Women’s Leagues to... Read more

  • Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME)
    Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME)

    ESTABLISHED 1968 HISTORY Marriage Encounter traces its roots to Spain. In working with young people in the parish, the Diocesan Laborer priest Gabriel Calvo realized how important it is for the growth and upbringing of children for parents to live in harmony. He designed an instrument that would... Read more


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