Directory of associations

The Directory lists only the international associations of the faithful
and other ecclesial realities
formally recognized or erected by the Dicastery.
A review of all the presentation previously published in the Directory
is currently underway. This will also allow
the inclusion in the Directory of associations
that have only recently received recognition from the Holy See.
 
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Canção Nova
    Comunità Canção Nova

    Denominazione ufficiale Comunità Canção Nova Sigla CCN Storia Nel 1975, mons. Antônio Afonso de Miranda, vescovo della diocesi di Lorena (San Paolo, Brasile), colpito dalla ricchezza dell’esortazione apostolica Evangelii Nuntiandi di papa Paolo VI, affidò a don Jonas Abib, già impegnato nel lavoro... 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

  • Consolation for the World Movement
    Consolation for the World Movement

    OFFICIAL NAME Movimiento Consolación para el Mundo NAME IN OTHER LANGUAGES English: Consolation for the World Movement; French: Mouvement Consolation pour le monde. Italian: Movimento Consolazione per il mondo.   ACRONYM MCM   ESTABLISHED 1983   HISTORY The MCM was founded to serve... 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

  • Covenant of Love with the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    Covenant of Love with the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    OFFICIAL NAME Alianza de Amor con el Sagrado Corazón de Jesús   ACRONYM AASCJ   NAME IN OTHER LANGUAGES French: Alliance d’Amour avec le Sacré Cœur de Jésus. Italian: Alleanza d’Amore con il Sacro Cuore di Gesù.   ESTABLISHED 1909   HISTORY The Covenant of Love with the Sacred... 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

  • Family of Hope
    Family of Hope

    OFFICIAL NAME Família da Esperança   ALSO KNOWN AS Fazenda da Esperança   ESTABLISHED 1983   HISTORY The Family of Hope was founded in Brazil in the parish of Nossa Senhora da Gloria in the archdiocese of Aparecida, through the initiative of Fr Hans Stapel, OFM. He was moved by a... 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,... 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

  • 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

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary

    OFFICIAL NAME Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Mercy Association or Tuus Totus   ACRONYM CIM (Coeur Immaculé de Marie)   ALSO KNOWN AS Tuus Totus   ESTABLISHED 1963   HISTORY Tuus Totus was established in 1963 in Rouen in France by Mgr Jehan Dahyot-Dolivet, Proto-notary... 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... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Military Apostolate
    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... Read more