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Who we are

 “Living Witnesses to the New Evangelization”

A sign of the Holy Spirit’s renewal of the Church in our time…


The Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities (AEMNC) in the Archdiocese of Washington, is a group of representatives of movements recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.  These movements primarily consist of lay members with some priests and religious. Movements consist of members who have had a life-altering experience with Christ and attempt to live the Gospel to its fullest.  They recognize the church as their mainstay and feel they could not exist without it.  The New Communities may be similar to religious orders where the members profess a rule of life, strive to grow in humility and sacrifice worldly goods and pleasures for Christian perfection.  They remain in the world but may profess vows and live-in a community.  The Ecclesial Movements and New Communities strive to energize the Church.

In 2005, at the request of the Archbishop of Washington, we came together to bear witness to our Catholic faith using a variety of God-given charisms. This association is composed of representatives from the following ecclesial movements and new communities. The hope was that by thinking, praying, and finding new ways to adore the Lord and serve his Church, these organizations would become better known and, therefore, more effective in sharing their gifts.

The mission of AEMNC is to pray, reflect, and discern new ways in which the member movements and communities can respond, using its members unique gifts and charisms to respond to the call for evangelization.


  • Aims to be an instrument of communion by creating a way for the members of the different communities to come together in a spirit of mutual love to witness and encourage each other’s charisms, apostolates and spiritualities.

  • Wishes to give a common witness to the charismatic dimension of the Church by increasing awareness of the ecclesial movements and new communities among Church leadership.

  • Seeks to share information in the parishes and other archdiocesan venues and to discern ways to increase collaboration with the local Church in the mission of evangelization.


"I dream of a "missionary option," that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church's customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today's world, rather than for her self-preservation."

—pope francis

evangelii gaudium, the joy of the gospel #27

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