Talk 7 - Maturity of Character Talk 8 - Perseverance
Who We Are
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. The members have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising families under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God.
Couples for Christ establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization, winning the world for Christ and Total Human Liberation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
On the 25th of April 2005, the Pontifical Council of the Laity, after due evaluation, granted Couples For Christ permanent and definitive recognition as a private international association of the faithful.
Where and How did CFC Begin?
CFC began in 1981 in Manila. Philippines, when Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon (Joy in the Lord) a covenanted Christian charismatic community. realized that to effectively renew society a conversion of both spouses. and consequently families, to Christ was necessary.
The method used consisted of bringing together a small group of prospective couples in a private home. There they were brought to a living relation-ship with Jesus Christ and to renewal in the power of the Holy Spirit through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social environment. Beginning from the first 16 couples who joined the weekly gathering, CFC became a Christian f amity life renewal which was later made available to parishes and groups of married couples who wished to live out their Christian life in an active supportive relationship with one another.
The growth of CFC stemmed from its heart for mission and evangelization and its commitment to sharing God's love with others, beginning from the basic unit - the family. It did not take long for CFC to realize that while a couple renewal was CFC to realize that while a couple renewal was essential. it would be incomplete without family renewal.
Couples for Christ (Australia) Oceania Mission Ltd
The CFC (Australia) Oceania Mission Ltd. is a lay Catholic community comprising of couples and their families, kids, youth, singles, and matured men and women. We serve in the parishes and in the diocese. Couples For Christ in Australia was established in 1988 in Sydney and is a member of the world wide ministry of Couples for Christ Global Mission Incorporated based in Manila, Philippines which is recognised as a Private Association of Christian Faithful with Pontifical right.
Our Vision: Families in the Holy Spirit Renewing the Face of the Earth. Moved by the Holy Spirit, one with the Catholic Church, blessed to witness to Christ’s love and service, Couples for Christ is a united global community of family evangelisers that sets the world on fire with the fullness of God’s transforming love. Our Mission: Building the Church of the Home and Building the Church of the Poor.
Our Family Ministries:
• CFC Kids for Christ
• CFC Youth for Christ
• CFC Singles for Christ
• CFC Handmaids of the Lord
• CFC Servants of the Lord
Our Work with the Poor program: CFC ANCOP Australia Ltd. - ANCOP is an acronym for Answering the Cry of the Poor. It works through a sponsorship Program which has continuously provided free education, housing, and conducted livelihood programs in poor communities in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands so far.
Couples For Christ - Participating in the Life of the Church
In a spirit of mutual responsibility for the growth of the Catholic Community in Australia (and Oceania), Couples For Christ continue its support in making Church life relevant to the family especially to the youths. CFC share its gifts through missionary works and services by conducting family evangelisation programs:
• Christian Life Program
• Camps for the kids & the youths,
• Retreats for single men and women,
• Marriage Preparation Program to comply with Pre-Cana requirement
• Marriage Enrichment Program for husband & wife
• Family Enrichment Program for families
• Abba Father for husbands/fathers
• Women’s Forum for wives/mothers
• Seniors Program for 60 years old & over
• National & Oceania Conferences
Couples for Christ - Seedbed of Faith and Vocations
The following are priests and seminarians who have previously joined CFC community, either as CFC-Youth for Christ or CFC-Singles for Christ:
Fr. Philip Muller - (Society of Jesus)
Fr. Joshua Scott (Goulbourn/ Canberra Diocese)
Bro Joshua Gaddi (Sydney Diocese)
Bro Joseph Pham (Tham Pham) - (Franciscan)
Bro William Loh (Dominican)
Bro John Jugurtis (Paulinian)
Noel Custodio (Sydney Diocese)
Darren Caballero (Sydney Diocese)
Jonathan Vala (Sydney Diocese)
Dean Tobias (Melbourne Diocese)
Adam Carlow (Parramatta Diocese)
Gertrude Lacanilao (Sisters of Immaculada - Tasmania)
We are blessed that we have many who heeded the call to religious life
Current CFC National Council Officers:
Beng De Leon - National Director
Marcy Mission - Pastoral Formation Office (PFO) Director Secretary
Emmark Eroles - Family Ministry Director
Chris Carlile - ANCOP* Director
Jay Santos - Evangelization and Mission Director
Noel Pasion - Mission Support Director (Finance, Ablaze and Home Office)
Danny Ambida - Church Relations Director
* ANCOP – Answering the Cry Of the Poor