The Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships (CF) is a Pontifical Association of Christ’s Faithful, serving member Communities arising from the Catholic church in the current of grace of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal - present in over 220 countries worldwide. One of its specific services is to link these Communities to the Bishop of Rome, through the CF ’s close relationship with the Pontifical Council for Laity.
To facilitate this link, the CF has an office in the Vatican, shared with ICCRS, the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, the other body serving the Renewal around the world. The recent decision to share the office is testimony of the common belonging to the same current of grace, maintaining each identity and sharing some common action. As an office of the CF, it is the “house in Rome" for the Communities, a reference place and visibility of the Communities to the Vatican and other ecclesial realities.
The CF does not pretend to be a superstructure or to intervene in the spiritual life of member Communities, but to provide them with the service that they request. This service includes participation in the Church’s evangelizing and missionary life, serving as a link between Communities and the Pontifical Council for Laity in the programs they present and organize.
As a service, the CF also puts in contact member Communities with other Communites, Associations and ecclesial Movements.
So, the identity of the CF is to serve their member Communities.
At the same time, the CF convenes twice a year, an Executive and Council meeting to listen to the Communities’s voice, to know their needs, share their progress and also their difficulties and the ways that they solved them. These sharing meetings help to strengthen ties between Communities and enriches them, at the same time they allow the CF to give them a better service.
The center of the life of member Communities of the CF is the common experience of Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Covenant through which their members are committed to the Lord and their brothers and sisters.
Each Community is different from the other in their specific purpose of mission and evangelization, service to the poor and needy, ecumenism and others. In their specificaction, each Community is nurtured and shares according to their specific culture, gifts and foundational charisms received from the Holy Spirit and devoted to the service of the Church.
Many of these Communities are spread nationally and internationally.
Today, there are 100 full member Communities, 2 communities in the process of becoming full members and 16 are associated members.
The CF was founded by Brian Smith, from Australia, and Bob Cavnar, from the USA. It has legal status according to art. 322 of the Code of Canon Law and was officially inaugurated on November, 30, 1990.