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Catenian Association

The Catenians who are they?

This is a common response people give when they are asked if they would be interested in joining our organisation. Hopefully the following points will answer some of this question for you.

Catenians meet each month to enjoy each other’s company and to support one another. Our social calendar is extensive and includes many events where whole families attend including widows and grandchildren.

Friendship in Faith

Catenians strive to fulfil the second commandment, to love their neighbour as themselves. Each member becomes part of an extended family aiming to:

  1. Be there for each other and their families.
  2. Support each other during good times and bad.
  3. Forge lasting friendships.
  4. Provide all possible support for our members, their families, and widows, who are in difficulty or need.

Catenians in action

Catenians help young people by organising national public speaking competitions and offering CV advice and interview practice.
Catenians contribute to a bursary fund which offers financial support to young Catholics from all over the world. Last year the fund awarded a total of £166,000 to 16 to 24 year olds, some of whom served as helpers to pilgrimages to Lourdes.

Most Circles select a charity to support and together raise more than £300,000 for good causes each year.


Catenians are a major sponsor of Flame, which is the largest gathering of Catholics in the UK.

In addition we are major supporters of the National Office for Vocations and our clergy.

Who can join?

Membership is open to Catholic men aged 18 and over.




The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of Catholic men who meet socially once a month, at local Branches or "Circles".

The name is derived from the Latin word for chain "Catena" and each circle is a link in that chain which is centred on the cross as the faith is the bedrock of the Association.


For more information contact:
Provincial Membership Officer of the Catenian Association, Province 5

Mike Carter tel: 07587 243918


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