About Us

Our history... Who we are and what we are called to do.

Heavenly Father, source of all our blessings, we thank you for your great love for us, which sees us through every circumstance in our life. Grant us the grace to live our lives in accordance with your divine will, especially in bringing us to holiness.

Lord Jesus, we rejoice in your call to us to serve you our Master. May we see clearly to giving you our all, especially as you intend for us to be instruments of blessing for our family, our community, and our Church.

Holy Spirit, we pray without ceasing for your strength and your power, as you send us forth to do mission. As we face the powerful forces of the enemy, keep us protected, fired up with zeal, filled with boldness and endurance, ever moving forward as holy warriors.

Our dear Mother Mary, we rest in your loving comfort and embrace. May we always look to you as we live in obedience to your Son. We serve in your army, and know that in victory we are blessed beyond bounds.

Amen.

The MFC Section logos
 
While we have the one MFC logo, we also make use of individual Section logos.
 


 
The Section logos manifest that MFC at its core is inspired with zeal for Christ and his work. We want to proclaim Christ and make him Lord of all. We want to give value to families the way God as Creator intended, and Christ as Son exalted by coming into the world by way of a family. And we want to do the mission Jesus has sent us to do, to continue with his work of salvation, according to the eternal plan of God.

We are prodded by Jesus’ own proclamation: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk 12:49). Jesus baptizes us “with the holy Sprit and fire.” (Lk 3:16c). We are sent off as holy warriors. As such, the Section logos reflect the three-fold confluence of Christ, the Spirit and fire.


MFC is not just composed of family sections. Rather, these are family sections of one family that seeks to be an evangelistic and missionary community committed to become families empowered by the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth.

This is about a lay response to our bishops’ call. It focuses on reaching out to those among us whose faith-life has been largely eroded and even lost due to the surrounding confusion, moral relativism, doubt, agnosticism; reaching out to those who have drifted from the Faith and the Church, and have joined other religious sects. Its focus is on re-evangelizing nominal, cultural or lapsed Catholics. Its goal is to bring Catholics back to Christ and to an active life in the parish.

Evangelized Catholics will then care for their children and families, will live a preferential option for the poor, and will be the warm bodies that will do missio ad gentes.

This is the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) Mission. It is intended for Catholics to meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ. It is designed for rapid and massive evangelization, accompanied by the systematic empowerment of laypeople to participate in the work.

It is hoped that through this mission, the Church will be able to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization. In this way, the Catholic Church will truly become a missionary Church.

LCSC is also ready to provide formation as needed. We have ready programs for youth, for married couples, for migrants, for Bible appreciation, for pro-life advocacy, for work with the poor, and for leaders’ formation.

In particular, LCSC would like to present 5 basic pillars that can supplement its work in the parish. These are: (1) Live Pure, (2) Live the Word, (3) Live Life, (4)Live Full and (5) Live the Faith.

Live Pure

We proclaim the gospel of PURITY.

“Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.” (1 Jn 3:3)

The challenge: The culture of sex in the world is bringing young people more and more into deviant sexual behavior. The next generation of adult Christians is seriously under threat. How can we protect and empower our young people to live for Christ?

Live Pure (LP) is a movement promoting chastity for the youth. Young people are helped to strive for purity of mind, eyes, speech and body, as they live out the established God-given values of human dignity, relationships, waiting and love.

Live the Word

We proclaim the gospel of GOD’S WORD.

“Proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.” (2 Tm 4:2).

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tm 3:16-17)

The challenge: There are still many Catholics are very weak on knowing and using the Bible, the very word of God. But ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ. How can Catholics grow to holiness and Christian perfection without the Bible?

Live the Word (LtW) focuses on getting Catholics to read and use the Bible. It promotes the Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) method of appreciating and studying the scriptures. It is a practical method of doing Bible study in small groups, as well as in the family setting.

Live Life

We proclaim the gospel of LIFE.

“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live” (Dt 30:19b)

The challenge: The world is dominated by the culture of DEATH (divorce, euthanasia, abortion, total population control, homosexual relationships). This has seeped into all sectors of society, and many Christians have embraced it. How can God’s people rise in defense of the culture of life?

Live Life (LL) is advocacy for the culture of life. It staunchly opposes reproductive health forces and gender ideology that promote a culture of death.

Live Full

We proclaim the gospel of POVERTY.

“Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.” (Lk 6:20b-21a)

The challenge: Most of the people of the world are poor, and living beneath their dignity as children of God. But there are enough resources in the world to satisfy the needs of all. How can Christians share what they have so that there is no one in need, so that all may be fulfilled (be full and filled), so that the dignity of the poor as children of God is uplifted?

Live Full (LF) is about building the Church of the Poor. As the icon of poverty is hunger, then the opposite is a full stomach. This work looks to building communities through holistic development, providing formation, livelihood, education, shelter and health components. This is done through the No One in Need (NONe) Movement. In the model of the first Christian community, the haves share with the have-nots, so that there is no one in need. And it is thus that the haves also share in the blessing. "Those who give alms will enjoy a full life." (Tb 12:9b).

Live the Faith

We proclaim the gospel of CATHOLICITY.

“Contend for the faith that was once for all handed down to the holy ones.” (Jude 1:3b).

The challenge: Many lay Catholics, including those who are sacramentalized and have been evangelized, are not adequately catechized. They have very limited knowledge of the specific aspects of their Catholic faith. The Church herself is under attack by secular and modernist forces. How can Catholics understand, appreciate and more robustly live out their Catholic faith?

Live the Faith (LtF) focuses on Catechesis and Apologetics. It teaches aspects of the faith that are specifically Catholic (versus just Christian), and defends these against those who distort Church teaching. It seeks to help strengthen the one and only true Church established by Jesus.

 

The community of MFC is divided into Sections, which correspond to the different support environments for each and every member of the family. Thus we have Kids, Youth, Campus-based, Singles, Couples, Handmaids and Servants. All Sections are important, and make up the womb-to-tomb family renewal work of MFC.

When we were CFC from 1981, we started just with couples. Then at the re-founding of CFC in 1993, we instituted the Family Ministries. There was now a support environment for each member of the family. But the focus remained mainly with couples, with the Family Ministries as more of an adjunct.

With MFC, we want to give equal emphasis to each of the Sections. Indeed, every Section is crucial to our life and work.

MFC KIDS

The work with kids is not just to help parents raise their young children in the Lord. It is to actually recognize that kids are today very much under threat from the liberal and immoral culture of the day. In fact, modernist forces are targeting kids at younger and younger ages. And of course kids today have become Internet-savvy and even, regrettably, addicted to social media. We thus look to providing kids with solid formation and pastoral cover, not just as support to their parents, but to look to starting their generation in already knowing and living Christ. This is the work of MFC Kids.

MFC YOUTH

The work with youth is of course very critical. This is the time of rapid cognitive, physical and emotional growth. This is a very challenging stage especially to the youth of today, who are bombarded by the culture with immorality and the deadly isms of the day, including Satanism. This is a time of discovery, finding out who they are. And here there are many evils being foisted on the youth, including LBGT and gender dysphoria. The youth, who are idealistic at heart, need to know Christ and be provided a strong support environment by which they can live Christ. This is the work of MFC Youth.

MFC CAMPUS-BASED

Campus Based USA is a nation-wide young Catholic adult ministry for college students through our evangelistic works on campuses across the nation. We proclaim the hope of the Gospel, build friendships amongst students, and equip them for spiritual growth through our weekly meetings, semester retreats, and yearly conferences. Our prayer is to share the unmatched and eternal joy in receiving the gift of salvation and in pursuing a personal relationship with Jesus. We start at our campuses, growing as servants of the Church and children of God in the time we spend as college students; however, our mission is to be lived out and shared with others, building His kingdom, wherever we go. Our vision is to be a renewed society in Christ through the campuses. This is the work of MFC Campus Based USA.

MFC SINGLES

The work with singles is essential not just to help them transition into the world much more on their own, but especially to prepare them for their vocation in life. This is not just what career they would choose, but about their state of life. They need to grow in maturity both emotionally and spiritually, so they can discern where God wants them to be. They may be called to single blessedness, as an ordained or consecrated person. Or, for most, they will be called to marriage and family life. In community they will find the formation, training and pastoral support they will need, as well as hopefully their actual partner. This is the work of MFC Singles.

MFC COUPLES

The work with couples is of utmost importance, especially with the incessant assaults on faith, family and life. More and more the dominant culture in the world is the culture of death. Marriages and families are being torn apart. But the family remains as the basic unit of society and of the Church. But there is even growing apostasy in the Church. And many Catholics who are still in the Church have become nominal. Couples need to grow in personal holiness, in marital fidelity, in family renewal, and in being used to proclaim Christ to other families. This is the work of MFC Couples.

MFC HANDMAIDS

The work with women who are not any of the above is needed. These women are those who are widows, separated, married but whose husbands are not involved, single mothers and older singles. Their lives are often very challenged. There is much that they can contribute to the work of the Church and in society but need emotional and pastoral support. A number of them also raise families on their own. They oftentimes make up a majority of active Church attendees and workers. They have traditionally been a strong component of our Christian community. We serve them as they serve God. This is the work of MFC Handmaids.

MFC SERVANTS

Finally, there is the male counterpart of the handmaids. These are those men who are widowers, separated, married but whose wives are not involved, and older singles. They too have an important contribution to make for society and the Church. As mature men, they can help other men recover their calling as strong men of God, as against the feminized and sissified men in society today. They can be the holy warriors that are at the forefront of the spiritual war raging all around. They have gifts and resources that can be placed at the service of God and community. This is the work of MFC Servants.

All together, the Sections comprise the one community of Missionary Families of Christ. Together MFC goes forth as families on mission, fully founded on the Rock that is Christ.

 

Our logo has several elements that signify the reality of the name Missionary Families of Christ.

But first note that the new logo is very similar to the old logo. This is to emphasize continuity, that our history indeed started with Couples for Christ (CFC) in 1981. The Lord has brought us through different stages up to this point today, where now the fullness of who we are and what we are called to do is clear.

Missionary

The Holy Spirit is depicted as a dove, which came down on Jesus at his baptism (Mt 3:16), starting him off on his earthly mission. In turn, Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit to his disciples, empowering them to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

The Holy Spirit is the agent of evangelization. The Holy Spirit has called the Church to the New Evangelization. MFC recognizes that our Church is a missionary Church, and is committed to help her attain to her destiny. We do this mainly through the work of the Live Christ Share Christ (LCSC) mission.



Families

We are families empowered by the Holy Spirit to help renew the face of the earth. We are committed to renew the family and to defend life. We are among those to be sent out on mission.

We are families that first of all belong to Christ. The outstretched arms of Christ and the slightly inward-bent hands signify both the embrace of Jesus upon the family, and also the presenting of the family to the world, being sent forth to do mission.

It is a faceless family. You become the faces of the Christian family.

The family is garbed in blue, which is the color of Mama Mary. As Missionary Families of Christ, we are part of the army of Mary.



Of Christ

Christ is of course at the very center of our logo. Our primary Core Value is being Centered on Christ. He is the be-all and end-all. We belong to him. We are his servants. We are in his protective embrace. We are nothing without him.

The gold ring or halo is a sacred diadem. “The plate of the sacred diadem was made of pure gold and inscribed, as on a seal engraving: ‘Sacred to the Lord.’” (Ex 39:30). It first of all represents a crown of royalty, as Jesus is the King of kings. Further, it signifies holiness, being set apart. Jesus is “the Holy One of God.” (Jn 6:69).



We too are called to holiness. We are to be transformed in Christ. We are called to be like Christ, to be another Christ. We are called to Christian perfection. We are to “put on the new man, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph 4:24). And so we have the faceless Christ. The challenge to us is to be that Christ, to be holy, to be priest, prophet and king, to love and care for our family, and to be sent forth to do God’s work.

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