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Association of Ecclesial Movements & New Communities
in the Archdiocese of Washington

An association of persons (usually lay persons) approved by the Roman Catholic Church that is called together by God to share a common “Charism,” that is, a distinctive way of living the Christian faith.

Link to Pope Francis' video for Ecclesial Movements and New Communities:



Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (BLD)


BLD is a Catholic charismatic covenant community of disciples inspired by the Holy Spirit to be living witnesses for transformation in Christ to bring about a world of justice, human development, and true peace.

Couples for Christ

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Couples for Christ's global mission is to be one with the Catholic Church in working for the renewal of families that will serve God and build generations of Christian leaders and in pursuing Total Christian Liberation through social justice, respect for life, and work with the poor.

Families in Christ Jesus Community

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Families in Christ Jesus Community is a federation of Catholic Christian Communities who believe in the urgent need to respond to God’s call to proclaim and defend His Gospel on the family. Its vision is ‘Families Bringing Families To Christ.’

Legion of Mary

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Legion of Mary is an apostolic spiritual ministry of lay men, women and children called by our Blessed Mother and lead by the Holy Spirit to crush the head of satan with our Blessed Mother to convert souls to Christ. 

Mother of God Community

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Mother of God Community is a Catholic and ecumenical charismatic covenant community in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Our mission is to glorify Jesus Christ by living the gospel and growing in the knowledge of God through prayer, fellowship, evangelization and service.

Spanish Catholic Charismatic Renewal


Spanish Catholic Charismatic Renewal through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, provides activities, retreats, and workshops to increase the spiritual growth and integrate Hispanic families within the community.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

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Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers a weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. Its unique approach is aimed in revitalizing marriages.

Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals


A Catholic organization originally started  41 years ago in the Philippines with the Vision of Bringing Christ into the marketplace and winning the marketplace for Christ. 

Crusaders of Mary

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Crusaders of Mary is a Secular Institute of Pontifical Right committed with the new evangelization by pursuing the holistic education of young people.

Focolare Movement


Inspired by Jesus' prayer to the Father: "May they all be one" (John 17:21) and by living a Gospel based spirituality of unity, Focolare's members aim to create warm and open spaces of mutual care, concern and acceptance across every form of social, economic, cultural, ethnic, religious and political differences. Focolare's official name is “Work of Mary.”   

Madonna House Apostolate

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Madonna House Apostolate is a family of lay men, lay women, and priests with promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience. We have a small prayer house in Washington, while our center in Canada offers ways for sharing our life (see website). 

Regnum Christi

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Regnum Christi is one Movement comprised of four vocations: Legionaries of Christ, Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, lay Consecrated Men of Regnum Christi and the Lay Members of Regnum Christi. Regnum Christ has a Christ-Centered spirituality, and our mission is to build the Kingdom of Christ through evangelization.

Teams of Our Lady

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Teams of Our Lady enrich marriages spirituality and make good marriages better through a method of increasing and improving prayer life, which will help couples grow closer to God and each other.

Communion and Liberation

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Communion and Liberation was born from the work of Fr. Luigi Giussani, in the mid-twentieth century in Milan, Italy as a proposal for education in the Catholic faith.

Cursillo in Christianity


Cursillo in Christianity is a Movement which, by its own Method (reaching out in personal friendship to build small base communities committed and accountable to continued spiritual development in prayer, study and apostolic action), attempts from within the Church, to give life to the essential Christian truths in the singularity, originality and creativity of the person.

L'Arche Greater Washington D.C.


L'Arche is a community of people with and without intellectual disabilities sharing life together. We celebrate the unique and sacred value of every person, recognizing and accepting our need of one another and building relationships that transform all of us.

Missionary Families of Christ

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Missionary Families of Christ is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian faith, family, and life. It raises up Christian couples and establishes families committed to the work of evangelization and winning the world for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Schoenstatt Movement


Schoenstatt Movement is where people can find orientation, a home, renewed strength, and spirit to live their faith in everyday life as a way for bringing the love of Mary and Jesus to the world.

The Houses of Adoration

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The Houses of Adoration love the Eucharist and bring Christ's love to the world through a ministry of visitation.



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