“Our mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive”
History of CFC Victoria (Melbourne)
CFC Melbourne was established in May,1991 and started in the Southwestern suburbs. Thereafter, it started to spread in the North and Southeast suburbs.
The CFC Family Ministries, namely Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD), Servants of the Lord (SOLD), Singles for Christ (SFC), Youth for Christ (YFC) and Kids for Christ (KFC), were established in the following years. Various events and activities were held by the different Family Ministries to strengthen the spiritual formation of members.
Evangelization efforts intensified after 2007 which increased the ranks of the community a hundredfold. In 2008, CFC Melbourne was only one Unit with less than 100 members. Aside from CLPs, Teachings, Retreats, and Conferences, some of the significant highlights achieved by CFC Melbourne from 2008 were:
- A Back-to-Basics Training was held for CFC leaders in 2009 to refocus the evangelization effort of the community. That same year, the HOLD Oceania Conference was hosted by CFC Melbourne. In October 2009, the late Fr Fernando Suarez, known as the “healing priest” from the Philippines, officiated in a Healing Mass in different parishes sponsored by CFC Melbourne to share God’s healing gift of body, soul and spirit.
- In May 2010, CFC Melbourne hosted the CFC Oceania Conference where delegates from the different Australian states, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea experienced the fullness of life in Christ.
- In 2011, CFC Melbourne put on the full armor of God, conducting Marriage Enrichment Retreats for its members as well as a parish-based MER at the St Paul’s Parish in Glengala. In April 2011, CFC Melbourne was invited to participate as panel resource speakers in the 3rd Australia National Family Gathering.
- In 2012, CFC Melbourne became a Chapter with 3 Units in the North, SouthWest and SouthEast.
- From 2013 -2015, SFC and YFC, conducted “Reflection Days” for Loyola College in Watsonia and Marymede College in South Morang. These retreats were given to the schools’ Year 7 and 8 students with the aim of “bringing Christ to high schools”.
- In 2013, CFC Melbourne staged the musical Teen San Pedro Calungsod with wonderful performances from CFC’s 29AD Musicionaries” who came all the way from Manila. The event was attended by over 1000 people not only from CFC Melbourne but also from other community groups and guests.
- In October 2017, the first CFC Seniors Retreat was held in Altona.
- In 2018, CFC Melbourne became a Cluster with Chapters in the North, SouthEast and SouthWest.
- In 2019, even before the Covid pandemic hit, CFC Melbourne pioneered in conducting online teachings. The first CFC Young Couples Assembly was held in St Brigid’s Parish Hall in March 2019 with Kirby and Michelle Llaban as speakers. A Missions 101 Retreat was held in July 2019 led by Fr James Kroger, Bernie Cuevas and Ruel Aguirre from the CFC Institute, Manila. A Basic Pastoral Skills Seminar for Leaders was conducted the following month of August facilitated by Lydia Villacrusis and Bernie Cuevas from Manila.
- In 2020, CFC Melbourne started the year all fired up to continue God’s work. But the series of lockdowns and restrictions due to the COVID pandemic restricted our activities to a virtual or online platform. CFC Melbourne had to adapt and conduct household meetings, Chapter prayer assemblies, teachings, fellowships and other activities via ZOOM. Even KFC, the youngest Family Ministry, conducted online gatherings.
- As the pandemic restrictions began to ease, CFC Melbourne gradually resumed face to face gatherings with eagerness and joy. In 2021, Chapter Assemblies were conducted albeit in hybrid form where some members joined online while others were in the face-to-face gathering. CLPs were also conducted face to face producing a bountiful harvest of new members.
- 2022 saw a renewed fervor to conduct assemblies, retreats, teachings, and formation programs. As of September 2022, the CFC Victoria Cluster and its Family Ministries have now over 1,300 members in Greater Melbourne spread across its 3 Chapters in the Southwest, North and Southeast and members in Regional Victoria, particularly Geelong and Sale.
The geographical areas covered by CFC Victoria are the following:
- CFC SouthEast : (Central Melbourne and the Cities of Port Phillip, Bayside, Boroondara, Glen Iris, Kingston, Monash, Whitehorse, Casey, Frankston, Greater Dandenong, Knox, Maroondah, and the Shires of Cardinia, Yarra Ranges) in suburbs such as Carlton, East Melbourne, Flemington, Kensington, St Kilda, Stonnington, Ripponlea, Malvern, Glen Iris, Black Rock, Cheltenham, Hampton, Moorabbin, Ashburton, Bentleigh, Caulfield, Elsternwick, Braeside, Chelsea, Clayron, Hetherton, Mentone, Moorabbin, Oakleigh, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Blackburn, Nunnawading, Surrey Hills, Vermont,Beaconsfield, Officer, Pakenham, Cardinia, Berwick, Clyde, Cranbourne, Doveton, Endeavor Hills, Hallam, Hampton Park, Narre Warren, Carrum downs, Frankston, Dandenong, Noble Park, Keysborough, Lyndhurst, Springvale, Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield, Rowville, Scoresby, Wantirna, Croydon, Bayswater, Ringwood, Vermont, Chirnside Park, Belgrave
- CFC SouthWest : (Cities of Hobson Bay, Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Melton, Wyndham) in suburbs such as Altona, Altona Meadows, Laverton, Williamstown, Braybrook, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Kingsville, Seddon, Footscray, Albion, Ardeer, Cairnlea, Calder Park, Deer Park, Derrimut, Hillside, Keilor, St Albans, Sunshine, Sydenham, Taylors Lakes, Tullamarine, Burnside, Caroline Springs, Diggers Rest, Fraser Rise, Melton, Mount Cotrell, Plumpton, Ravenhall, Taylors Hill, Truganina, Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing, Manor Lakes, Point Cook, Werribee, Williams Landing, Wyndham Vale
- CFC North : (Cities of Banyule, Darebin, Manningham, Moonee Valley, Merri-bek, Hume, Whittlesea, and the Shire of Nillumbik) in suburbs such as Bundoora, Eaglemont, Eltham, Greensborough, Heidelberg, Macleod, Montmorency, Rosanna, Watsonia, Bundoora, Coburg, Fairfield, Preston, Northcote, Reservoir, Thornbury, Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Moonee Ponds, Airport West, Ascot Vale, Avondale, Essendon, Flemington, Niddrie, Brunswick, Fawkner, Glenroy, Oak Park, Parkville, Pascoe Vale, Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Craigieburn, Dallas, Gladstone Park, Greenvale, Kalkallo, Meadow Heights, Merrifield, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Sunbury, Somerton, Greensborough, Diamond Creek, Doreen, Hurstbridge, Yarrambat, Donnybrook, Epping, South Morang, Humevale, Lalor, Mernda, Mill Park, Thomastown, Whittlesea, Wollert, Yan Yean
- CFC SouthWest: (Barwon SouthWest) in the city of Greater Geelong and suburbs of Anakie, Leopold, (and Grampians) in the city of Ballarat
- CFC SouthEast: (Gippsland East : Shire of Wellington) in the city of Sale
- CFC North: (Hume) in the city of Shepparton, (and Loddon/Mallee) in the city of Bendigo
Brief current activities this year
- January 2022: First Fruits Offering per Chapter
- February 2022: CFC Melbourne Leaders Retreat
- April 2022: Virtual Visita Iglesia and Way of the Cross
- May 2022: CLP (CFC SouthWest)
- June 2022: CLP (CFC SouthEast), CLP Sale (CFC SouthEast), MER 1 & 2 (CFC SouthWest)
- July 2022: YFC Entry Camp (SouthEast), CLP (CFC North),
- August 2022: CFC 31st Anniversary Gala Night and ANCOP National Ambassador Proclamation, MER 1 (CFC SouthEast)
- September 2022: YFC Entry Camp (North and SouthEast), CLP (CFC SouthWest), MER 1 &2 (CFC North)
- October 2022: CLP (CFC SouthWest), CFC Victoria Cluster Sportsfest