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Maidstone Circle 136 of The Catenian Association


Maidstone Circle Social ProgrammeThe Catenian Association was founded in Manchester in 1908.

Maidstone Circle was inaugurated in 1948.


The Catenian Association is a brotherhood of over 10,000 Catholic men. The Catholic faith and the family are the bedrocks of the Association. There are 300 Circles or Groups in Africa, Australia, Ireland, India, Malta and the UK.
A core aim is to advance the interests of young Catholics and assist them in their choice or pursuit of their career. The Catenian Bursary Fund helps young Catholics between 16 and 25 to take part in a community-based project at home or abroad, which has a clear benefit for others as well as widening the life experience of the participant.

Dennis Edwardes, Tel. 01622 720830, e-mail



The Catenian motto is:

Strengthening family life through friendship and faith”



The Catenian Association gives an opportunity to:

  • Meet socially with other Catholic men with similar values
  • Become part of a close, yet international, community offering lifelong support and friendship to members and their families
  • Enjoy interesting and varied social events for families
  • Provide collective support for the church and clergy
  • Receive spiritual and practical support in times of difficulty


Membership is open to Catholic men, married or single, over 21 years from all walks of life. There are no limitations on occupation, income or race. Wives of members are not required to be Catholic; many are not and enjoy Catenian life to the full. FFI information visit:

Maidstone Circle is one of 15 in Kent and South London. Like all Catenian Circles it has a regular monthly meeting. The Circle meets at the Oakwood House Hotel, Oakwood Park, Maidstone, ME16 8AE every second Monday of the month except August. After meetings members and visitors have a simple meal at the Oakwood, good conversation and a glass of wine.

Circle family and friends at the annual BBQ

Maidstone Brothers are active in the local community and parishes. There are presently 31 members. The Circle has a comprehensive social programme, which can be viewed here and participates in the events of local Circles in the Medway Towns, Swale, Ashford, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells.

Maidstone Circle’s Social Programme caters for young and old with Masses for special occasions, family days, quizzes, clergy evenings, wives and guests evenings, pub meals, dinners, children’s activity days, walks, the theatre and concerts.
There are Catenian weekends and functions in the UK and abroad.


Parishioners of Catholic Churches in Maidstone, Bearsted and West Malling areas are most welcome to come along to our events. There is no obligation to join the association. Please contact our Vice President, Dennis Edwardes for details of any event you would like to attend, Tel. 01622 720830

However, for those who are interested applications for Membership of Maidstone Circle are always welcome. To enquire about joining the Catenians, please contact Membership Officer, Dennis Edwardes, Tel. 01622 720830, e-mail



1. What do Catenians do?
They provide a social network which helps Catholic lay men live out their
various vocations as husband, father, friend, work colleague, committed
Christian and active Catholic.

2. How is this help offered?
Help is offered to members and their families through practical and spiritual
support; by steadfast friendship in times of trouble; by financial help when
needed and through prayer. This support continues with ongoing concern for a
deceased member’s widow and dependants.

3. On what is this support based?
Support is based on lasting friendships, built upon the firm foundation of a
shared faith. Maidstone Catenians celebrate their 60th Anniversary at Leeds

4. How is this friendship developed?
Friendship is developed by meeting monthly in the local Circle or Group followed
by a meal or other refreshments; by providing a varied social programme in which
wives and families may be fully involved. Catenians may attend Circle or Group
meetings anywhere in the UK and abroad.

5. Is the Catenian Association a new organisation?
As mentioned above, it was founded in Manchester in 1908 by the Bishop of
Salford who called for the Catholic laity to use their various talents to take a
leading role in all aspects of society.

6. Is the Catenian Association still relevant today?
In today’s frantic, competitive and secular environment it offers an oasis of
calm where social and spiritual refreshment can be enjoyed to redress the
work/life balance for all the family.

7. Dennis EdwardesIs the Catenian Association dedicated to Catholic action?
No, but Brothers are active Catholics who, because of their beliefs and values, play a proactive role in their parishes and in the wider communities where they live and work. They actively promote the Christian viewpoint on moral issues in an increasingly secular society.



Brother Dennis Edwardes and his  wife Sirpa  help out with the children in one of Mother Teresa's Roses' Homes in India



8. Do Catenians do anything for other people?
Yes. Catenians help young Catholics through their Bursary Fund as mentioned above and by giving career advice; working and praying actively for vocations to the priesthood and religious life; raising money for a wide range of charities or by their voluntary services.  


cateniansCatenian Bursary Fund

Michael Reidy, 2017-18 President of Maidstone Circle of the Catenian Association (136), presents a cheque on behalf of the Catenian Bursary Fund to Megan Fisher, of Harrietsham, Kent. Megan travelled to Nicaragua to work for ten weeks with Raleigh International in an area of extreme poverty. Projects included basic hygiene and sanitation, health and education.






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