Family of Faith was formed in 1993 when a small group of Filipinos in New Jersey, who have been part of the Charismatic renewal in the Philippines and in the US, responded to God's call to be a community where they can grow and be nurtured in their life in the Holy Spirit and experience the support of fellow Christians who share the same conviction and commitment to Christ as His disciples.
What started out as a small prayer group has now grown into a community of disciples with a well-placed structure of service, spiritual support, and teaching and formation program.
The Lord continues to form us as a community. And through the years, we have experienced God's love and guidance through His words, in the life of the community, and in the lives of its individual members.
Our Mission and Vision
It was by God's grace that we were called to be a Family of Faith.
We are a community who loves God and desires to serve Him.
Our mission is to live a life of prayer and holiness, take on the ways of God and become witnesses of God's love to others. We are committed to love and serve one another and the greater Church.
Our vision is to be a Catholic Covenant Community with a common way of life that expresses God's truth and word in action.
Community of Disciples on Mission
We have heard and gladly responded to the call of joining other communities across the world for a common mission, as a bulwark to stem the tide of evil.
We join ourselves with Christians around the world in embracing the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 4:18). We commit ourselves to Christ's commission (Matthew 28:19) to bring the good news of His love and salvation to the world.
We are a member community of The Sword of the Spirit, an international community of communities and of the Christ the King Association, an international association of Catholic Charismatic communities.
What We Stand and Work For
Together with others in The Sword of the Spirit communities, we stand and work for:
- Conversion to Christ and Christian maturity
- Love and worship of God
- Christian personal relationships and Community
- Daily life in Christian character
- Commitment to Evangelization
- Promotion of Christian unity
- Defense of the Gospel
"Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another... Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." - John 13:34-35, John 15:13
Seeking to follow the Lord's command, we have committed our lives to one another in a covenant of love and mutual support. We have also expressed explicitly to one another our commitment to support the life of the community - our pattern and way of life, God's work, and the mission He has given us in unity.
Our Logo and Name
Our logo is a cup with tongues of flame inside.
There are significant references of the "cup" in the Scriptures: Matthew 10:42, Mark 10:39, Luke 22:20, 1 Corinthians 10:16. The cup also symbolizes family hospitality, family life or a common life shared in a family. Our Community is like a blessing cup that we offer freely and joyfully to God and to His people.
The flame represents the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We are a Charismatic community which derives its existence, direction, and strength from the power of the Holy Spirit. "For in him we live and move and have our being" - Acts 17:28
Our logo is a picture of what we are as community:
A Family empowered by the Holy Spirit to be a light in the world.
Our name was inspired by St. Paul's words in Galatians 6:10:
The Family of Faith is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.