who we are
Catholic Men’s Fellowship (CMF) of Pittsburgh is a lay apostolate, operating and functioning in accordance with the Code of Canon Law and the blessings of the Church in Pittsburgh. The mission of CMF is a response to the call made by Pope John Paul II for the New Evangelization, particularly the reinvigoration of faith among Catholics. CMF’s Strategic Vision encompasses:
Core Values: Catholic, Brotherhood, Prayerful, Led by the Holy Spirit, Embrace the Great Commission
Long Term Goal: 25% participation in vibrant men’s groups based at each parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh
Purpose: To help bring men into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
Central to our vision are three distiinct movements Conversion>Formation>Mobilization.
All three aspects are integrated in a continuing process. To carry out this continuing process of Conversion>Formation>Mobilizaiton, CMF engages three separate but related efforts;
CMF sponsors the annual Gathering of Catholic Men each year. It is a day of significant conversion. This Gathering has resulted in numerous non-practicing Catholic men returning to the Church, often receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the Gathering for the first time in many years. Eucharistic centric and sacramentally based, the Gathering has resulted in many men experiencing true conversions of heart. Adoration and Mass with the Bishop, in addition to impactful talks and dynamic praise and worship make it a great day for all.
CMF Forms and equips leaders to facilitate faith based men’s groups at the Parish. These groups meet regularly to read scripture, study the catechism and discuss how God’s word can be lived in their homes, workplaces and communities. Many parishes within the Diocese have established men's groups, other lay organizations, and ministries that support men's faith formation. Men grow in their faith by together learning, sharing, praying, and supporting one another.
CMF mobilizes men for action and mission. Since CMF Men’s Groups have been operating in Pittsburgh, we have seen much fruit from this “launching pad” ministry, manifested by men becoming more engaged in their parish life, as volunteers for St. Vincent DePaul and other charitable organizations, and becoming more involved in liturgical ministries. We have also seen permanent deacon and priestly vocations arise from the men's groups. Some of the men's groups are actively engaged in evangelization through outreaches such as the Emmaus retreat.