An Introduction to our Circle.
It was originally formed as Manchester North in 1954 with Joe Murphy as the founder president.The first meeting was held at the Grand Hotel in Manchester with 53 brothers forming the new circle, with 26 of whom transfered from other circles and 27 new catenians.
In 1963 a separate Middleton Circle was formed with North Manchester contributing 12 brothers. Middleton continued as a separate circle until July 1998 when it merged with North Manchester becoming the present circle.
We hold many social events. Ladies are invited to many functions -Ladies evenings, lunch group, Clergy nights etc
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CATENIAN ASSOCIATION
The Catenian Association is a voluntary organization of Catholic laymen.
Catena is Latin for chain, each Circle is one link in that chain.
Founded in Manchester in 1908 as the Chums Benevolent Association, its original and essential characteristics were typical of many male societies established in the period before the First World War. In 1910, the Chums became The Catenian Association.
A small number of Catholic bishops approved the young organization. They were anxious to see Catholic communities break the bonds of restricted education, low social status, and limited political power and influence. Foremost among these was Bishop Louis Charles Casartelli of Salford who acknowledged that the Chums, and later the Catenians, were a force for good and a vehicle for action.
The basic unit of the Association is the Circle and members are known as Brothers. In 1910, there were five Circles with 250 Brothers; by 1914, there were 27 Circles with 1,593 Brothers. Since that formative period, the Association has continued to expand. Now there are around 10,000 Brothers in Circles in the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa, Ireland, Malta and India. Circles are grouped together into Provinces and Areas.
The Catenian Chain has some 320 Link's or Circle's in it today.
Although formal membership is for men only.The Catenians value and cherish our Ladies and families and involve them in many activities.When a married man joins the Catenians his wife and family in every sense of the word join as well.
Our Circle President for this year is John Kirby. John is retired and supports the HCPT Group44 and is a well known parishioner of St Peter's Church, Middleton.
John is pictutred here giving a Catenian Bursary award to trainee doctor, Miss Roisin Cocker, who was a Lourdes helper.
Please click on the left to find out a little more about the HCPT
Circles in Province 1
John has just returned from Lourdes Diamond Jubilee. For a chance to see this Celebration with Cardinal Nichols please click on the right.