NEXT MEETING September 2013

Calix is a lay association of Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sobriety through affiliation with and participation in 12 Step recovery.


Calix members meet monthly to practice the 11th Step in community with other Catholics in recovery.

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out.”

Calix welcomes other alcoholics (whether practicing the 12 Steps or not), members of other 12 Step fellowships, Al-anon members and those wishing to simply join us in prayer for our stated purpose.


Calix Credo (3 objectives)

Our first concern is to interest Catholics with an alcohol problem in the virtue of total abstinence. Our second purpose is to promote the spiritual development of our membership.

Our participation in all other spiritual activities of Calix–such as the frequent celebrations of the Liturgy, reception of the Sacraments, personal prayer and meditation, adoration, novenas, Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, Holy Hours, Days of Recollection and retreats–aid us in our third objective, which is to strive for the sanctification of the whole personality of each member.

jesus-mary-magdaleneWhy Calix?

Twelve Step programs are generally accepted as the best remedy for we who are afflicted with the disease of alcoholism. The Calix Society, an organization of recovering alcoholics, their friends and family, shares this view.

So, why is there a Calix Society?

We have spent a long time, often many years, developing a physical dependence on alcohol. Finally by the grace of God, we reach the point where we must change – physically, mentally and spiritually. We manage to put together a short period of sobriety by attending recovery meetings and working the 12 Steps.

For Catholic alcoholics; however, sometimes something more is desired to fulfill our spiritual program of recovery. We realize that the 12-Step program advocates recourse to a “higher power,” and is necessarily non-denominational. But having been raised in the Church, rich in tradition, dogma and ritual, we begin to yearn once again for the faith we may have neglected or abandoned when we were drinking.

jesus-young-man-yellowThrough Calix, we reintroduce ourselves to our Catholic Faith, in sobriety. Here are some important points to consider

  • 12 Step programs are necessarily non-denominational and need to remain that way.
  • Calix provides an opportunity for those with resentments about the Church to explore those issues by reintroducing Catholic alcoholics to their childhood faith.
  • While it is not a forum for airing grievances against the Church, Calix meetings are a safe place for fallen away Catholic alcoholics to discover resources to grow in knowledge of their faith.
  • Calix provides Catholics in recovery an opportunity to openly discuss Scripture and utilize the Sacraments to enhance their 11th Step work.
  • While Calix is not a forum for airing grievances about 12 Step programs, those skeptical about specific recovery programs are welcome and encouraged in sobriety.
  • Calix hopes to encourage outreach programs in parishes throughout the archdiocese to foster understanding of how addiction affects families and whole communities.

Please note:  Calix is not Catholic AA. Calix is a lay organization approved by the bishops in the various chapters’ respective dioceses.  There are chapters in 21 states in the US.  Here in Atlanta, we have just begun process of getting that approval.  Calix doesn’t attempt to “sober anyone up.”  An alcoholic who is not sober is not ready mentally or spiritually for Calix membership.

For more info, check out our blog posts from the category “More About Calix” here.

Click here to visit the CALIX SOCIETY International website.

Article by Fr Emmerich Vogt, OP  “Do I Need a 12 Step Group?”

National Catholic Council on Addictions

Catholic Pioneers in Alcoholism Recovery


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