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What is the Catenian Association?

Simply put, the Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of Catholic men who meet socially, at least once a month, at local branches or 'Circles'.
Members refer to each other as 'brothers', reflecting the mutual support and sharing of common values that is found within the Association.
The Association's name is derived from the Latin word 'Catena' (a chain) with the Circles being the links in the chain. The emblem denotes a continuous chain of links surrounding a cross.
The Association was founded in 1908 in Manchester and there are now over 10,000 members in the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa, Malta, Ireland and India.


Joining the Association gives you the chance to:

  • ・Meet other Catholic men with similar values
  • ・Become part of a community offering lifelong support and friendship
  • ・Provide your family with opportunities for friendship and social activity



  • ・To foster brotherly love among the members
  • ・To develop social bonds among the members and their families
  • ・To establish, maintain and administer benevolent funds


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


The Association is non-political and is not a fundraising agent or Catholic action pressure group.