Couples for Christ (CFC) is a Catholic movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. CFC couples have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfil their primary vocation of raising families grounded in Christian values in the service and love of God.
CFC began in 1981 in Manila, Philippines, when Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon (Joy in the Lord) – a covenanted Christian charismatic community – realised that to effectively renew society, a conversion of both spouses and consequently families to Christ was necessary.
The method used consisted of bringing together a small group of prospective couples in a private home. There they were brought to a living relationship with Jesus Christ and to renewal in the power of the Holy Spirit through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social environment.
Beginning from the first 16 couples who joined the weekly gathering, CFC became a Christian family
life renewal which was later made available to parishes and groups of married couples who wished to live out their Christian life in an active supportive relationship with one another. It did not take long for CFC to realise that while a couple renewal was essential, it would be incomplete without family renewal.
Through the years, CFC has blossomed into a worldwide ministry, becoming a major force for the renewal of the Christian family life and also of the Church.