Couples for Christ
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 one another to revive their relationship with our Lord and to allow themselves to be renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Within a few years, the association was recognised by the Philippines Bishops’ Conference, and its new approach to evangelisation spread in the parishes as a programme for the renewal of family life. On 11 March 2000 the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed recognition of Couples for Christ as an international association of the faithful.
CFC is made up of families who have taken up Christ’s exhortation to be leaven and light in the world, and to spread the Good News of the liberation of humanity. Through their commitment to the Church’s evangelising work, promoting peace and justice, defending the poor and the oppressed, and promoting the unity of Christians, they cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit who gives life to a new humanity. Membership of CFC entails acceptance of the Christian Life Programme, of a programme of instruction designed to impart to all the members of the association the essentials of the faith, helping them to rediscover the sense of their vocation to marriage and to renew their faithfulness to God every day, to their vows which bind them as husband and wife, and to their commitment to support one another. CFC pursues its objectives through family pastoral programmes aimed at making the family a "domestic Church", and through pastoral programmes attentive to the needs of the poor.
CFC is governed by the International Council, with its headquarters at Manila, under which there are the National Councils. Under the National Councils can be Regional Councils, and under these the sectors, and under these the chapters, which are the grass roots units of CFC. Non-Catholic Christians may also become aggregate members of the association.
CFC has some 700,000 members across all ministries (Singles for Christ, Youth for Christ, Kids for Christ, Handmaids of the Lord and Servants of the Lord), and is present in 127 countries as follows: Africa and Middle East (30), Asia (37), Europe (20), North America (2), Oceania (17)South America and Caribbean (21).
In His Steps, a quarterly publication of Biblical reflection; Ugnayan, a monthly supplement in the CBCP Monitor, the official publication of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.
Couples for Christ Global Mission Center
156 20th Avenue, Bgy. Mangga, 1109 Cubao, Quezon City
Tel. [+63]2.7094868 - Fax 2.7094844