The Holy Spirit is moving among Catholic men in a special way. Over the past 12 years, all across this country their has been a steady rise of local and regional Catholic Men's Fellowships (CMF). This is a living testament to this powerful action by the Holy Spirit. Through these CMFs, and the men's groups within them, Catholic men are building strong relationships, learning how to pray for one another, and finding the support they need to thrive in today's challenging culture. The continued success of these groups is critical to the future of our Church.
The NFCM is basically organized in the following way in regards to groups:
Parish: These are groups which meet in a parish with men generally all from that parish, though that is up to the participants. These groups can be bible studies, topical studies (like virtues, fatherhood, etc.), recovery groups (anti-porn, post divorce, etc.), studies supplied by national men's apostolates (Crossing the Goal, That Man Is You, etc.), accountability, etc. The point of these groups is to make men true DISCIPLES of Christ.
Fellowships: This is commonly referred to as a CMF-Catholic Men's Fellowship group. It is different from a parish group in that its circle of influence seeks to reach men on a broader geographic scale (diocesan, multi-city, etc.) Typically these groups meet on a less frequent basis from a parish group and coordinate and drive geographically wider conferences, retreats and other events for men. Most (but not all) begin by organizing an annual conference for men (with the assistance of the NFCM) and then invite those who attend to meet more regularly in a parish or smaller group for individual growth.
Diocesan: These frequently are very similar to a Fellowship with the possible exception that these groups are organized and managed through a diocesan office executive rather than a general layperson not in the employ of the diocese.
State: Some groups choose to combine their activities between cities to attract more men-particularly to a annual conference. Some organizations affiliated with the NFCM are, themselves, organized by state and so have specific meetings relating to their mission.
Regional: This type of group refers to a group which comes together to coordinate men's ministry on an even broader basic diocese. In most cases these are groups which relate to large states where the state is divided up into regions. The best example of this is in California where the state typically is regarded in at least two if not three regions. Also, the NFCM national advisory board group is made up of men from different regions of the nation for broader perspective and collaboration.
International: These are those groups, of any of the above structure, that are located outside of the North America.
We encourage every Catholic man to belong to at least a local, parish group or to start such a group with like minded men and to seriously consider building a Fellowship outreach in his area. The NFCM stands ready to assist you.
Where a lone man may be overcome, two together can resist. A three-ply cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastics 4:12