About Us

What is The Catenian Association?

The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of practising Catholic laymen who meet socially, at least once a month, in local branches, known as Circles. Members refer to each other as ‘brother’. This reflects the strength of the mutual support they give to each other and their families, which is based on the shared values of their Catholic belief and practice.

The Association’s name is derived from the Latin ‘Catena’ (a chain) with the Circles being the links in the chain. The emblem consists of a continuous chain of links surrounding a cross. This symbolizes that our Catholic faith is at the centre of all we do.

The Association is non-political and is not a fund raising agent for the Catholic Church or a Catholic action pressure group.

Many Catenians play a prominent role in their local parishes and dioceses, as well as on other major Catholic lay organisations. They are also active in the service of the Church and the civic community, both locally and nationally.

Aims of the Catenian Association

  • 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.
  • to promote and support The Catenian Association Benevolent and Children’s Fund (“the Benevolent Fund”) and the Catenian Bursary Fund