List of Ecclesial Movements

Listed here are some Catholic ecclesial movements of unspecified standing. For international Catholic movements that have received Church approval, see Directory of International Associations of the Faithful.

Apostolate for Family Consecration Founded in the USA in 1975 by Jerry and Gwen Coniker. Mission: Bringing families deeper into their faith. [1]

Catholic Charismatic Renewal Around 70 million Roman Catholics worldwide have been active in this movement, founded in the USA in 1967 among college students. Mission: A renewal of faith through personal and communal experience of the Holy Spirit. [2]

International charismatic associations recognized by the Catholic Church are the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships (Catholic Fraternity) and International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS).

Catholic Worker Movement Founded in the USA in 1933 by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, this movement works for peace and the equal distribution of goods. There are 185 local communities providing social services. Mission: Hospitality towards those on the margin of society. [3]

Somewhat similar international associations recognized by the Catholic Church are the World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW) and the International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (ICYCW).

Madonna House Apostolate Founded in Canada in 1947 by Catherine Doherty, this community of priests and lay persons has established missionary field houses worldwide. Mission: Loving Jesus Christ in daily life by serving the poor and living the Gospel. [4]


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