“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another”
(1 John 1:7)
The evolution of the National Resource Center for Catholic Men (NRCCM) to the National Fellowship of Catholic Men (NFCM) is a natural step forward in our ministry to Catholic men. The initial need for a National Resource Center for Catholic Men was first recognized in September 1998 when about 20 Catholic men's leaders met with several Bishops, and the USCCB Committee on Marriage and Family and Committee on Evangelism.
In March of 2001, the NRCCM was formally established with the hiring of Maurice Blumberg as the Executive Director. Maurice effectively guided the National Resource Center for Catholic Men’s growth from 16 conferences a year to over 60 and served faithfully in this capacity until September 1, 2008.
In the spring of 2004, twenty Catholic men’s leaders met in Naples Florida to discuss the current and future direction of the Catholic men’s movement and the National Resource Center for Catholic Men. In attendance were the Executive Director of the NRCCM, several trustees, and Catholic Men’s Fellowship Leaders. Other leaders from many regions of the country also attended.
At the meeting, the need for a national organization with an expanded mission and more formal relationship among Catholic men fellowship leaders was apparent. As a result, the National Resource Center for Catholic Men was changed to the National Fellowship of Catholic Men (NFCM).
The intention of the NFCM is not to be an alternative to any Catholic men’s organization that currently exists. However, our strategy is to evangelize Catholic men to Jesus Christ and root them in the Church by assisting the development of fellowship groups and activities aimed at enriching their spiritual, sacramental, family and community lives. We will continue to collaborate with and support the groups in their own ministries and continue to provide them with quality Catholic men’s resources, training materials, and communication medium.
After a reorganization in 2011, Dan Spencer of Kansas City took the reigns of what can only be called the NEW NFCM. Besides embracing to the spirit of the traditional concepts and goals and new more demanding path was called for. Member calls for more communication resulted in a $75,000 new private social network-the NFCM COMMUNITY HUB. A new initiative was begun in late 2011 involving helping spiritually wounded men with the awareness that divorce, porn and other wounds were keeping men from stepping forward as leaders. In response the Sexual Integrity Initiative was lauched. Conceived by Dan Spencer, it involves numerous ministries as partners in this effort including two nationally known licensed personal sexual counselors, a multi-million online counseling program, a personal computer accountability software tool, TOB training from Christopher Wests' COR group and other world class resources to assist men in their issues.
In 2012 outdated printed materials are being updated and/or replaced with a new Conference Handbook, Small Group Handbook and Accountability Handbook. Additionally a new ad campaign is scheduled to be launched to build awareness of the NFCM. New strategic relationships with many existing Catholic men's apostolates such as Crossing the Goal, That Man Is You, Christ Renews His Parish, Kings Men, St. Joseph Covenant Keepers, School of Faith, My Catholic Faith Delivered, and many more are being forged for a unified impactful effort to a culture gone crazy. It is a promising year with much to be done and we are proud to be assisting you in your local efforts to impact the culture for Christ and His Church. We Exist to Assist.test