Thursday, November 15, 2007

Catholic Movements

The Knights of Columbus
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world. It has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last 6 Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.

Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service. Works include door-to-door evangelization, parishioner visitation, prison ministry, visitation of the sick or aged, crowd contact, religious education, visiting the newly baptized, Pilgrim Virgin Statue rotations, and meeting the other spiritual needs of the parish community. Legionaries are under the guidance of a spiritual director named by the pastor. The Legion is, in essence, an extension of the heart and hands of the pastor.

Members meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion in a family setting. Then they do two hours of definite work each week in pairs and under the guidance of their spiritual director.

Life Teen
What started out as a youth group at St. Timothy's in Mesa, Arizona, has grown into the most prolific youth ministry in the Catholic Church. Every Sunday, 120,000 teenagers attend a Life Teen Mass. Our 1080 programs stretch around the globe into twenty countries.
Life Teen is an international Catholic movement that serves the Church by providing resources and faith experiences that help lead teens closer to Christ. This is accomplished through a vibrant Eucharistic spirituality and by creating widespread opportunities for teens to grow in their faith.

Marian Catechist
We are centered on the love of the Holy Eucharist, and marked by both a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and an unswerving loyalty to the Holy Father as Successor of Saint Peter in the office of Roman Pontiff.We work in the apostolate of catechesis, handing on to others the gift of Christ’s truth and love found in the Catholic Faith. We are absolutely faithful to the Magisterium.

Opus Dei
Opus Dei is a Catholic institution founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá.
Its mission is (
Finding God in daily life) to spread the message that work and the circumstances of everyday life are occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society.

Communion and Liberation
is an ecclesial movemnt whose purpose is the education to Christian maturity of its adherents and collaboration in the mission of the Church in all aspheres of contemporary life. It began in Italy in 1954 by Fr. Luigi Giussani and a founding principle is that the conviction that the Christian event, lived in communion, is the foundation of the authentic liberation of man. Communion and Liberation is today present in about 70 countries. The basic instrument for the formation of adherents is weekly catechesis called School of Community.

Regnum Christi
"This is what Regnum Christi precisely is: a movement of apostolate, a movement of evangelization, a movement in which each member wants to take seriously and responsibly the great missionary mandate Jesus Christ gave to all those who profess to be his followers. The Legionaries of Christ and the members of Regnum Christi wish to go into the entire world and preach the Gospel fearlessly, sustained by the almighty power of God, in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, who told us: I will be with you until the end of time." (Fr. Marcial Maciel, L.C., May 24, 1997)

Regnum Christi is an apostolic movement at the service of mankind and the Church. Founded by Fr. Marcial Maciel in 1959, the Regnum Christi Movement includes lay men and women, as well as deacons and priests. It contributes to spreading Christ´s message to humanity by undertaking personal, organized apostolic activity.
Regnum Christi promotes among its members a deep sense of mission and ecclesial solidarity. As a dynamic organization, it encourages them to show initiative and reminds them of their responsibility, rooted in baptism, to make faith the driving force of their daily lives in their personal, family, parochial, profession and social environments. One of the particular characteristics of the Regnum Christi Movement is its bond with the Legionaries of Christ. The founder had the inspiration to found a religious congregation as part of a broader movement encompassing laity and diocesan clergy. The Legion´s governmental structure is that prescribed by Canon Law for religious congregations.

Courage Apostolate
Courage, an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church, ministers to those with same-sex attractions and their loved ones.

We also have an outreach called
Encourage which ministers to relatives and friends of persons with same-sex attractions.

1 comment:

Daniel said...

I have a friend thinking seriously about Opus Dei. Thanks for the post and links.
Happy Thanksgiving.

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