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ACT Newsletter - September 2018


Featured Stories:

  • Embracing the Mission Leader Guide
  • CFM in Action from Coast to Coast
  • Lay Movements Conference Paper: "How CFM Continues the Mission of Cardinal Cardijn"

ACT Newsletter - August 2018

Featured Stories:

  • Embracing the Mission program details
  • Bishop George Rassas Hillenbrand Award
  • Welcome new leaders!
  • Lay Movements Conference Paper: "How CFM Continues the Mission of Cardinal Cardijn" 

ACT Newsletter - July 2018

Featured Stories:

  • Justice for Immigrants and more topics 
  • Embracing the Mission, new program book
  • Caregiver Ministry Resources

ACT Newsletter - June 2018

Featured Stories:

  • Embracing the Mission, new program book
  • Marriage and Parenting resources

ACT Newsletter - May 2018

Featured Stories:

  • National Convention, June 28-30, 2019. Volunteer Survey 
  • Lay Movements: Structures of Grace
  • U.S. Movements Leader Summit in Los Angeles
  • Couple Prayer

ACT Newsletter - April 2018

Featured Stories:

  • Save the Date: June 29-30, 2019 National Convention near Washington, DC
  • Lay Movements: Structures of Grace
  • Pittsburgh CFM Legacy for Lay Apostolate - Historical Society Article
  • Action around the USA
  • Grandparent Resources

ACT Newsletter - March 2018 

Featured Stories:

  • Volunteer Recognition, Kathleen and Les Miller 
  • CFM and Pope Francis' Laudato Si
  • Action around the USA
  • Marriage Enrichment Resources

ACT Newsletter - February 2018

Featured Stories:

  • Chicago Board Meeting
  • Order Polo Shirts
  • Visit the CFM Gospel Blog
  • CFM in Action around the USA and Beyond


ACT Newsletter - January 2018

Featured Stories:

  • New Year's Resolutions
  • Family Fun Game: The Amoris Cube
  • Action Ideas for a Holy Year
  • CFM in Action around the USA

ACT Newsletter - December 2017

Featured Stories:

  • Advent Ideas
  • Introducing New Board Members' Vision
  • CFM in Action in Oregon, New York, and Pakistan!
  • Observe-Judge-Act: Our Method Explored

ACT Newsletter - November 2017

Featured Stories:

  • Jesse Tree Project Directions - Download here
  • 2018 Pilgrimage to Ireland for World Meeting of Families
  • CFM in Action in California, Virginia, and Kansas
  • Media Literacy Tips and Fake News


ACT Newsletter - October 2017 

Featured Stories:

  • Survey on Proposed 2019 CFM National Convention
  • Vocations Conference 
  • 2018 Pilgrimage to Ireland for World Meeting of Families
  • Family Activity on Taxes


ACT Newsletter - September 2017

Featured Stories:

  • Launching Your Group - Guide for Leaders
  • Tips for Discussing Politics
  • Helping Veterans in California
  • Baptism Prep Meeting for Parents


ACT Newsletter - August 2017

Featured Stories:

  • Order new program book for Fall 2017
  • What Your Donations Do
  • News from Across the USA with CFM
  • Marriage Enrichment resources for parish service projects

ACT Newsletter - July 2017

Featured Stories:

  • Order new program book for Fall 2017
  • CFM blog featured link
  • News from Across the USA with CFM
  • CFM takes Vision - What is your vision for CFM?


ACT Newsletter - June 2017 

Featured Stories:

  • 2017-2018 Program:Loving the Families God Gives Us
  • Wisdom of Cardinal Cardijn, Observe-Judge-Act
  • Essay: "CFM and the Benedict Option"
  • Married priest chaplain in CA


ACT Newsletter - May 2017

Featured Stories:

  • Introducing Incoming National Board Members and Spiritual Director
  • Welcome New Member Services Administrator
  • Preview of 2017-18 Program Guide
  • Spotlight on Members - New Growth, Leader Training

ACT Newsletter - April 2017   

Featured Stories:

  • CFM Leaders met with other Lay Movements in Pittsburgh to collaborate.
  • Video Training now available in six easy bites
  • Omaha CFM Undie Sunday Service Project collected necessary clothing for shelters in their area.
  • CFM in India reaches out to orphans and elderly.
  • Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando - CFM will be there, July 1-4
  • Spotlight on Members - New Growth in New Jersey, Iowa

CFM News Highlights 2016-2017

Rolly_Leroux_(2).pngCFM Founder's Work Bore Good Fruits
We remember with gratitude the life and service to families of Rolly Leroux, who passed away recently in Ottawa, Canada. With his wife, Isabelle, Rolly served as international CFM president from 1977-1983.  The Christian Family Movement has since spread to 43 countries with more than 70,000 member families. Visit to explore how CFM continues to Observe, Judge and Act. Learn more about the rich history of CFM on our website.

Training for CFM Leaders: Video Tips from Experienced CFM Leaders
In March 2017, group leaders form across the country joined in a live video workshop with veteran CFMers John and Lauri Przybysz to explore CFM's mission, recognizing the call to lead, and practical skills for successful meetings. Participants gained ideas for inviting friends to try CFM, coordinating with your parish, managing discussions, including children in actions, and met great people who share our mission for families. The training program will be repeated in October 2017.

CFM Blog Debuts 
Visit CFM's new blog, At Home In Our Faith, to look ahead to the Sunday Gospel Readings and apply your faith to daily family life. All are invited to pass along the Good Word.

ICCFM Assembly July 15-17, 2016


CFM-USA joined with the International CFM community in San Antonio, TX this Summer.  CFM-USA encourages our members to join the Assembly which will include:

  • Meeting together to learn and plan future Actions
  • Celebrating mass on Saturday at Holy Spirit parish
  • Dinner, Riverwalk tour and party in the evening
  • Youth program

More details about the conference are here

Winter Board Meeting 2016

The Board of Directors met January 29 – 31, 2016 at Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center (Chicago, IL) for the Winter Board Meeting.  In group_at_techny.jpgaddition to CFM-USA board members, Fr. Don Conroy participated in the weekend’s meetings and prayers.  Fr. Conroy is the North American Chaplain for the International Confederation of Christian Family Movements.  Friday evening’s discussion included a review of the mid-year Annual Office Report, the President’s Report and planning for the upcoming International CFM Assembly in San Antonio in July 2016.  CFM-USA wants to send delegates from as many parishes as possible.  Members are encouraged to view the website  for more information about the conference.  Please let the office know if you are interested in attending or register on-line. 

Read more about the board meeting here.  Learn about what it means to serve on the Board of Directors here.

CFM Blessed by Pope Francis Visit

Meeting of Families
By CFM USA Executive Director, Rosemary Piraino.
Many CFM families attended the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit to Philadelphia. My husband and I brought our five kids and met up with extended family and CFM couples in downtown Philadelphia. It was a wonderful gathering of Spirit-filled Catholics from throughout the world. So many people made long journeys with hopes of catching a glimpse of Papa. "We love you, Papa!" the people around me cried out as he passed by. Pope Francis inspires all of us to Act with love and compassion. During his Sunday homily, he talked about life within the family. We have so many opportunities to choose to show love in the "little gestures" and daily actions. He mentioned actions like "the early lunch awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work" and "blessings before we go to bed". He encourages us to choose to Act in loving ways instead of ways that contribute to the brokenness in the world. Our Papa loves each one of us and has great confidence in our ability to love each other. Here is a link to his homily.


CFM in Rome-January 2015

Lauri and John Przybysz, CFM-USA board members, participated in an international conference of lay organizations and movements for the Pontifical Council for the Family, January 22-24, 2015 in Rome. They represented the Christian Family Movements in USA and Canada, which have more than 8,000 Hispanic and English families. Przybyszs shared the input of the CFM movement on the preparatory document for the Synod on the Family, and responded to the questions of how to help families come closer to Christ and to each other. The upcoming Oct. 4-25, 2015 Synod will be a gathering of bishops and many clergy and lay delegates from around the world to discuss the theme: "The vocation and mission of the family in the church and the modern world." The Synod is an extensive listening and discussion process for the Church, so that everyone will have a better idea of how to share the teaching of Jesus in an effective and compassionate way. To learn more about a Hispanic CFM movement in the USA and Canada, visit


CFM Summer 2015 Board Meeting

Members of the CFM-USA board of directors met in Maryland for the Summer Board Meeting on June 24-26, 2015. The CFM Board welcomed seven new members on Saturday, June 26 at the Summer Board Meeting in Millersville, MD. 23 members from across the country came together for the bi-annual in-person meeting...


Be a Light to the World: Christian Families Engage the Culture, 2015-2016 CFM Program Guide 

Be a Light to the World
Be A Light to the World includes 8 meetings for adults, optional activities to use if children attend, and discussion questions to share with the whole family at home. Seeking to help Christian families live in the world without succumbing to its values, this program guides Christian families, as they serve as disciples, bringing Jesus’s message of love and light to a society that often seems lost in the dark. Groups will explore topics such as evangelization, addiction, forgiveness and the contemporary definitions of family. PLEASE NOTE: This book is recommended for established groups. Consider For Happier Families if you are just getting started in CFM.

To obtain a copy of this program guide or any of our other guides, click here to join CFM or renew an existing membership. As a benefit of your membership in CFM, you will receive a copy of a program guide and the bi-monthly ACT e-newsletter. On the membership form, members may also sign up to receive Marriage Moments and/or Parenting Pointers, short weekly emails providing messages of support and encouragement for married couples and/or parents, respectively.



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CFM is a member of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM), which provides resources for marriage and family life ministry...