"In today’s world many Christian families feel the great need to form encouraging, friendly communities with other families. Therefore lots of families form groups. CFM offers practical help to these family groups. Their well-proven method as well as their well-structured yearly guidelines provide a framework to regular group sharings. I warmly recommend their useful help to family groups and group leaders."

Msgr. László Bíró
Bishop for the Family
Hungarian Catholic
Bishops’ Conference



CFM groups are parish groups of sacramentally married couples. Their aim is to help married couples and their families deepen and strengthen their Christian faith, thus becoming more and more committed in living out their Christian vocation in the world.

CFM groups all over the world use the well known method of Cardinal Josef Cardijn. According to his method of  “Observe - Judge - Act”, group sharings can be divided into three main parts:

Observe     - personal experiences 

Judge         - evaluating arising questions or
                       problems in the light of the Gospel

Act               - making concrete commitments.

Belonging to a group yields wonderful fruits. Married couples grow as committed Christians, their faith gets deeper. Marriages improve, deepen, get stronger; family life is happier. Permanent friendships are formed between married couples. The presence of family groups strengthens parish communities and couples find their place in society more easily and more consciously.

God created man and woman to  give meaning, life and love to the universe. He created marriage „to His image and likeness”, and God is not a circle. He is the spiraling foundation of Life and Love.
   The quest for happiness in marriage demands that you expand your vision and perspective beyond your marital relationship. You are challenged by today’s society to stop being a selfish and isolated married couple. And you are called by the Creator to depart from your conjugal and family love, and go towards the universal love.
You, as a married couple, have been born to become a loving spiral of love!           

 Gabriel Calvo
founder of Marriage Encounter
and the FIRES programmes