Manila, in the Philippines, is the center of the International
Pastoral-Governance structure of CFC-FFL has three basic
chapter is the mini-community of CFC-FFL. It has all the
necessary elements with which to carry out the life and
mission of CFC-FFL. Most members belong to chapters1.
The district is the larger subdivision of the whole CFC-FFL,
corresponding to a territorial area that comprises a diocese.
All together, the districts, composed of chapters, make
up the one community of CFC-FFL.
there are other persons and bodies that assist the above
in governing the community. They fall under three categories:
(1) Those who give counsel.
(2) Those who help handle parts of the governor’s
(3) Those who function as staff.
who give counsel
The Servant General is assisted by a Body of Counselors.
A District Head is assisted by a core team of seniors. A
Chapter Head is assisted by his Unit Heads.
who help govern parts of community
Assisting the Servant General are:2
(1) For Metro Manila: NCR3 Mission Coordinator.
(2) For the Philippine provinces: Luzon/Visayas/Mindanao
Mission Coordinators, Region Coordinators, and Area Coordinators.
(3) For countries outside the Philippines: International
Mission Coordinator, Regional Coordinators, and Country
the District Head are his Cluster Coordinators.4
the Chapter Head are his Unit Heads.
who function as staff
These are the heads of the ministerial and pastoral groups
ministerial groups are as follows:
(1) Family Ministries.
a) Kids for Family and Life
b) Youth for Family and Life
c) Singles for Family and Life5
d) Handmaids for Family and Life
e) Servants for Family and Life
(2) Social Ministries.
c) Empowerment of women
f) Shelter/community building
pastoral groups are as follows:
(1) Home Office6
(2) Pastoral Formation7
it all together
The basic governance structure of CFC-FFL is simple -- SG,
DH and CH. In addition, there are others who help govern,
that is, the coordinators. They govern as extensions of
and under the delegated authority of the SG and the DH,
clarify further, for example, it is not the NCR Mission
Coordinator who governs the whole NCR, but rather it is
the DHs who govern parts of NCR, under the SG who is the
one who governs all of NCR. It is the DHs who plan, implement,
etc., while the NCR MC puts everything together, that is,
coordinates, under the authority of the SG. Given the SG’s
delegated authority, the NCR MC would of course also govern
with real authority.
caveat: DHs, though having direct access to the SG, should
normally work within the pastoral-governance structure that
includes other seniors over them.
CFC-FFL’s pastoral-governance structure outside the
Philippines depends on whether a community is fully integrated
a fully integrated community, the pastoral-governance structure
would follow the pattern in the Philippines, with the addition
of a Country Head who is assisted by a Body of Counselors.
The Country Head falls under the category of “those
who help govern parts of community.”
affiliated communities, they have their own particular pastoral-governmental
structure, subject to the approval of the SG.
the worldwide community
There exists an International Core of Seniors.
There may be some very few exceptions for those who
are higher up in the pastoral-organizational Structure.
2 The bishop governs his diocese, but at the saem
time, there are archbishops and papal nuncion "over" them.
In a similar way, according to our alignment with Church structure,
there are these various seniors who are over the DHs.
3 National Capitol Region, that is, Metro Manila
4 In our aligning with the Church structure, CICs
are like vicars. The parishes are run by the parish priest
directly under his bishop, but the vicar forane is between
them with a particular role.
5 KFL, YFL and SFL together make up the Young Ministries.
6 Administration, Communications, FFL Shoppe, Finance,
IT, Legal, Special Events.
7Center for Pastoral Formation, Counseling Services,
Fyulltime Pastoral Workers.
8 Church Liason, Missionaries, Music.
Pastoral-Organizational Structure – Roles and Responsibilities
Body of Counselors
The International CFC-FFL Federation
November 6, 2008