What is the Catenian Association ?
Simply put, the Catenian Association is an international brotherhood
of ‘practising’ Catholic gentlemen who meet socially, at least once a
month, at local branches or ‘Circles”. Members refer to each other as
‘brothers’, reflecting the mutual support and sharing of common
values that is found within the Association. The Association’s name is
derived from the Latin word “Catena” (a chain) with the Circles being
the links in the chain and the emblem denoting a continuous chain of
links surrounding a cross.
To the catholic man, the way is open to play an increasingly
influential part in the life of the church, but also of the wider Christian
community. It is from a growing awareness of these facts that the
Catenian Association draws its interest and influence for members.
Those laymen who enjoyed the advantages of a catholic atmosphere
in their upbringing and schooling are likely to miss it in their middle
and senior years unless they have taken care to preserve and extend
their catholic contacts, On the other hand, the convert to the Faith
will be anxious to introduce himself into an atmosphere where the
wholehearted practice of their religion is the background against
which Catholic gentlemen meet socially.
Numerous societies are available for those of the laity who wish to
foster a personal interest or who place special emphasis on some
aspect of the church’s work.. But even when a particular need is
catered for in this way, the Catholic layman will still seek
opportunities to meet his social as well as spiritual peers. The
Catenian Association provides precisely such an opportunity. It does
this in an informal and relaxed manner which can be appreciated not
only by the members but also by their wives and families on various
The Catenian Association was founded in Manchester in 1908 and has
now spread throughout Great Britain and overseas. There are
flourishing Circles in Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malta, South
Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are now over three hundred and
thirty Circles and over 12,000 members, all of whom accept their
colleagues as brothers and address them as such.
The local branches of the Association are known as Circles. Each
Circle holds a formal monthly meeting (at which prayers are said
regularly for the sick and the dead), followed always by a social
gathering. Every member is expected to attend his monthly meeting if
he possibly can. There are also periodic meetings of the provincial
organisations and larger social and spiritual events.
A number of Circles within a local area are governed by ‘Province’. It
is responsible for :-
- supervision of existing Circles and development of new ones.
- coordination of social activities and administrative matters.
- correct observance of regulations.
The Province encourages recruitment of candidates of adequate
standard and the general well-being of all members and Circles within
its jurisdiction. Annual functions organised by Province are:-
Day of Reflection - spiritual event
Golf Day - social and sporting event
President’s Mass - spiritual, followed by a social event
Dinner Dance - social event
Picnic - social event
Annual General Meeting - administrative and social event
See Events section for details of above events and those organised by
- To foster brotherly love among the members.
- To develop social bonds among the members and their families.
- To advance the interest of members and their dependants by
individual or collective action.
- To advance the interests of young Catholics and to assist them in
the choice or pursuit of a career.
- To establish, maintain and administer benevolent funds.
Joining the Catenian Association gives you the chance to:-
- Meet and mix other ‘practicing’ Catholic gentlemen with similar
- Become part of a close community offering lifelong support and
- Be part of a group that helps each other and their families in their
- Provide your family with opportunities for friendship and social
The Association is non-political and is not a fund raising agent or
Catholic action pressure group.
A Circle enjoys a high degree of autonomy in the management of its
own affairs. Catenians are free at any time to visit any Circle, a
privilege which is encouraged and freely exercised. A Circle's
activities are mainly social and can be anything from a dinner with a
guest speaker to a family day trip. Many of the activities are family
oriented, providing excellent opportunities for developing family
As a member you are also given details of all Circles' meetings around
the country. You are encouraged to attend other Circles' meetings
when you can. This can make a business trip away from home more
sociable and gives you the opportunity to meet Catenians in other
areas. It also means that should you move house you can
immediately be part of the local Catholic community.
Membership is generally drawn from surrounding parishes through
the sponsorship by members or recommendation from the clergy. The
minimum age for entry is twenty one. An applicant is given ample
opportunity to understand what commitments he will be expected to
undertake and be given guidance as to the standards prevailing in the
Circle he hopes to join and the consequent expense to its members.
Requirements for membership are:-
- You must be and remain, a practising member of the Roman Catholic
Church and be of good character.
- You must be sponsored by a Catenian and recommended as a
Many Catenians have a prominent role in their local parishes and
dioceses, as well as major lay organisations. They are also active in
the service of the Church and civic community. The Association is
complementary to many other Catholic societies active in specialised
fields and differs from them not only that its function is primarily
social, but also that its character is exclusively lay.
If you wish to seek further information about this International
Catholic Men’s Organisation called Catenians refer to the brochure link
or reach out directly to the existing member listed below who would
be pleased to hear from you:-
Rolf Bank, phone 9245 1390 or mobile 0418 837 840
E-mail - email@example.com
David Boyle, phone 9244 9212
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Province 20 Catenian Association
Website of Western Australia