Catholics United for the Faith is an international lay apostolate founded in 1968 by H. Lyman Stebbins to support, defend, and advance the efforts of the teaching Church in accord with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.

The efforts of Catholics United for the Faith must be directed toward the unity of the Church and communion with God the Father, as intended by Christ (Jn. 17:21). This is accomplished by joining members in a common apostolate to be formed doctrinally and spiritually in the Catholic Faith. The desired result is the renewal of their own hearts. This formation also equips members to prayerfully engage in works of evangelization and catechesis for the renewalof the Church and society as lay witnesses to Our Blessed Lord. Cuf promotes fidelity to and communion with the Holy Father and the Bishops in union with him.

CUF is neither “conservative” nor “liberal”. We hold fast to the traditions that the Church wishes to preserve and we readily accept those changes which the Church, in her wisdom, chooses to make to meet the specific needs of our generation. We have no “agenda” other than to support, defend and advance the Church’s efforts to make Jesus Christ known and loved by all. We therefore, embrace without reservation all of the teachings, declarations and decrees of the Second Vatican Council.

In New Zealand, Catholics United for the Faith has a National Director, Mrs Melda Townsley, appointed by CUF International.