Adam Cardinal Maida, Archdiocese of Detroit, is the Ecclesial Advisor to All U.S. Bishops, on behalf of the NFCM. Below is a special letter to all his brother Bishops, about the NFCM.
I am pleased to announce that the National Resource Center for Catholic Men (NRCCM) has become the National Fellowship of Catholic Men (NFCM) in order to better reflect its new expanded mission. Recently, I have been asked to be the first -Ecclesial Advisor for the NFCM and have accepted the position.
The initial need for a national resource center for Catholic men was first recognized in September 1998, when about 20 leaders of Catholic men's ministries met with several bishops, as well as members of the USCCB Committee on Marriage and Family Life, and the Committee on Evangelization. NRCCM was formally organized in March 2001 with the hiring of Mr. Maurice Blumberg as its executive director. Since that time, it has made a major impact on the Catholic men's movement throughout the United States by providing Catholic resources, training materials, and support for Catholic men's groups, fellowships, and conferences. With the establishment of the NFCM, these services are provided through a dynamic website at www.catholicmensresources.org, which also offers timely information, communication, and network support.
The National Fellowship of Catholic Men will also provide leadership training opportunities and more formal relationships with Catholic men's fellowship leaders throughout the nation. This is clearly stated in its new Mission Statement:
"The National Fellowship of Catholic Men provides leadership and offers a structure that links Catholic men—and their fellowship groups across the United States—so that they can have easy access to: (1) supportive relationships with one another, (2) resources consistent with Catholic teaching, and (3) training and formation opportunities. As a result, Catholic men will be emboldened to deepen their commitment to Jesus Christ, their families, the Catholic Church, and their communities."
The NFCM is not intended to be an alternative men's organization for the many fine Catholic men's organizations that already exist. It will continue to collaborate with and support these groups in their own ministries, and provide them with high quality Catholic men's resources, training materials, and communications media.
I have included two attachments for your information: (1) The NFCM Vision, Foundational Beliefs, Mission, and Strategy, and (2) brief biographies of the NFCM Trustees. If you have any questions, the National Fellowship of Catholic Men can be contacted at: P.O. Box 86381, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20886. Their telephone number is 301-519-0694.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Adam Cardinal Maida Archbishop of Detroit