2014 Calix Convention Returns to Philadelphia

Register today for the 2014 National Convention of the Calix Society taking place outside of Philadelphia this coming August 1-3! Our theme is "Calix and the New Evangelization" and the agenda is just about finalized. We will be joined by singer/songwriter Marty Rotella on Friday evening who will provide music for Mass and a great concert after dinner. Saturday we will have speakers including Fr. Brian Lawless, Vice Postulator for the Cause for the Canonization of Matt Talbot, traveling from Dublin Ireland. On Sunday Bishop Robert Maginnis will be the main celebrant at Mass. There will be meetings, talks and various devotions throughout the weekend so register now! You can download the agenda by clicking on "resources" and then 2014 Calix Convention. You can also download a registration form and follow instructions to get your payment to us via check, money order or PayPal in the Calix store. There is also information you can download on how to be a sponsor for this year's convention. Looking forward to seeing you in Philly soon!

First Spanish Literature Now Available

We are excited to announce that we now have available Spanish editions of the book "Calix and the Twelve Steps" and the "Calix What and Why" pamphlet. Both items are now in stock, in the online store and ready to be shippped! Order yours today!

 
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GoodSearch: You Search...We Give! You can also use GoodShop from this site. Calix will get a percentage of your purchase at 100's of websites!

 
Old Convention Talks Coming Online

We are in the process of copying talks from Conventions in the 70's, 80's and 90's to downloadable files. A couple talks from 1978 are available to members now by clicking on "resources" and "Convention Audio Talks". We have over 50 talks to convert so check back often!

 
No Calix in your area?

Don't see a Calix Unit in a town near you? Send an email to Ken at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name, town and zip code and we'll try to connect you with others in your area. We currently have interest in Sacramento, CA, Allentown, PA and Oak Park, MI.

 
Convention Talks now Online

We are happy to report that we are finally able to make some of the audio talks from our annual conventions available via the website! Members can login and then use your mouse to hover over "resources" and then click on "Convention Audio Talks". As of this writing years 2009, 2011 and 2012 are available. 2010 should be available soon! We'll be looking to add other years in the near future.

 
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The Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is generally accepted as the best therapy for those afflicted with the disease of alcoholism. The Calix Society, an organization of recovering alcoholics, their friends and family, shares this view.

Why is there a Calix Society? What does it do? Answers to these questions are vital to the Catholic recovering alcoholic attempting to achieve and maintain a sober, serene life.

Why Calix?

Consider the men and women, who have spent a long time, often many years, unwittingly developing a physical dependence on alcohol. Finally they reach the end of the line - physically, mentally and spiritually. Assume that they manage to put together a short period of sobriety and tentatively are testing the Twelve Step program. Their physical condition improves rapidly and, after a longer period, so does the emotional side of their lives.

For Catholics, however, something more is needed that can not be found in their Twelve Step meetings. They realize that the Twelve Step program advocates recourse to a "higher power" and God, but they also know that Twelve Step programs are necessarily non-denominational. Having been raised in a church rich in tradition, dogma and ritual, these recovering alcoholics begin to yearn once again for the faith they probably have neglected or abandoned. At this point the Calix Society can say: "Come back home. You must maintain your sobriety through your affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous, but let us help you to regain the spiritual life without which you may not succeed in the never-ending fight against your addiction." Perhaps the disease never will be conquered completely, but the sincere men and women of Calix have the answer of the Calix Society: "Substitute the cup that sanctifies for the cup that stupefies."

What Does Calix Do?

The "Credo" of the society succinctly tells the story: "Calix is an association of Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sobriety through affiliation with and participation in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our first concern is to interest Catholics with an alcoholic problem in the virtue of total abstinence. Our second stated purpose is to promote the spiritual development of our membership. Our gathering today is an effort in this direction. Our conversation and our association together should be a source of inspiration and encouragement to each other, geared to our growth toward spiritual maturity. Our participation in all other spiritual activities of Calix, such as the frequent celebration of the Liturgy, reception of the Sacraments, personal prayer and meditation, Holy Hours, Days of Recollection and retreats, aid us in our third objective, namely, to strive for the sanctification of the whole personality of each member. We welcome other alcoholics, not members of our faith, or any others, non-alcoholics, who are concerned with the illness of alcoholism and wish to join with us in prayer for our stated purposes."