The very first Christian Life Program of Couples for Christ in South Carolina was held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in September 2005. Christian Life Programs were also conducted at Jesus our Risen Savior in Spartanburg and St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville and a home based CLP was conducted in Conway, SC.
Brief History & Overview of Couples for Christ (CFC)
Couples for Christ (CFC), formally the Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation, Inc., is a Catholic organization intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life.
It started with just 16 couples in 1981 as part of a Prayer Group called “Ligaya ng Panginoon” (LNP or “Joy of the Lord”) in the Philippines, separated from LNP in 1993 and grew to a worldwide movement. CFC is highly evangelistic driven by its global vision of “Families in the Holy Spirit Renewing the Face of the Earth” and sustained by its core values of “Pro-God, Pro-Family, Pro-Life and Pro-Poor.” Today, CFC is in more than 160 countries.
Through the course of the years other ministries were added. In 1993, CFC began to establish the Family Ministries and now we have: Kids for Christ (for children ages 4-12), Youth for Christ (for children ages 13-21), Singles for Christ (for single men and women ages 22-40), Handmaids of the Lord (for widows, mature women, divorced women and single mothers), and Servants of the Lord (for widowers, mature single men, divorced men and single fathers). In later years, in order to address the needs of the materially poor, social ministries were established gradually evolving into an umbrella organization which is now called ANCOP (ANswering the Cry Of the Poor)
CFC is called to take up the very mission of Jesus in bringing glad tidings to the poor, both spiritually and materially, through its two-fold global mission of “Building the Church of the Home and the Church of the Poor.
CFC accomplishes its mission by vigorously pursuing its four global goals of: 1.) Evangelization and Formation, 2.) Family Renewal, 3.) Total Christian Liberation, and 4.) Effective and Efficient Governance.
For Spanish speaking people, we also have the full equivalent of CFC in Spanish: Parejas Para Cristo (PPC)
In March 11, 2000, CFC was granted Vatican recognition as an International Association of the Faithful of the Pontifical Right, through the Pontifical Council for the Laity. In April 25, 2005, the Vatican confirmed CFC’s recognition and issued the definitive approval of its International Statutes.
Membership in CFC begins upon completion of the Christian Life Program (CLP). Members are made part of a small cell group called a Household which meets weekly for encouragement and mutual support in their Christian life.
CFC grows mainly through the establishment of localized units in different parishes. CFC members are organized into Household cell groups (a group of 8 to 14 individual members, or 4 to 7 couples), which are led by a Household Head. Multiple households form a Unit, multiple units form a Chapter, multiple chapters form a Cluster, and a Sector can be formed depending on the amount of clusters in the area.
CFC provides a continuing program of pastoral and spiritual formation which includes Church teachings, Scriptures, Christian relationships, recollections and retreats. We are one with the Church and regularly seek her guidance through our Spiritual Director. Its members support their parish priests and are available for parish services. CFC is a working model for the development of Basic Ecclesial Communities and can hasten the formation of a strong and vibrant parish community.