2017 Calix Retreat - August 4-6 in St. Paul, MN

Once again the St. Paul unit will host this year's national retreat. Details will start rolling out shortly. Note that this is a special year since we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of Calix! Save the date for what will be a great gathering of Calix members from around the country!


Calix On Line Meeting

Wants to discuss Calix and how it works?  Need to share your experience with others in recovery who are seeking Sanctification?

We hold a conference call  available by phone or with video every other Thursday at 8:00 PM EST.  The call lasts one hour- topic introduced by a chair.   Please log in 5 minutes before meeting start.

Write admin@calixde.org and place Conference Call in subject line.  You will then receive the invite.

New CD Added to Store

Just in time for Lent! Thanks go out to Gerard King for recording on CD the narration of our Recovery Meditations on the Stations of the Cross booklet. Now you can add this audio version of the wonderful booklet to your iPod or Smartphone or just listen to the CD directly. The CD is now available in the store for $6 (shipping included!)

It Just Became Easier to Donate to the Calix Society!

Want to make a donation to the Calix Society? We have added a "donate" link in the top menu. Click here to learn about some new options available to make donations to the Calix Society!

Latest Edition of The Chalice Now Available

Registred users can logon and read the May-June 2011 edition of The Chalice, the newsletter of the Calix Society, by hovering on "resources" and clicking on "The Chalice". Not a member? Click on membership and become a member! Forget your userid and/or password? Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive instructions on how to log on.

Have you visited the "forums"

Calix members have access to the forums section of our website. After you logon, click on resources and you will see "forums". Click on forums and you can start or join in on conversations. Of partcular interest at this time would be prayer requests and the convention. In need of prayers for yourself or someone else? Reply to the prayer thread and let us know. Then other Calix members can take these requests to their meetings and individual members can include them in their prayers. If you have have forgotten your id or password OR if you any questions you can send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

New "Members Articles" in "documents" section

There is a new area for articles that are written by Calix memebrs and published in various publications. First up is a very spiritual and emotional article written by Kate H. of the Philly/Glenside Calix group. The article can be found by clicking on "resources", then "documents" and scroll all the way to the bottom. It's a great read and won a prestigous award!

Change In Membership "Schedule"

The Board of Directors decided to change the membership schedule at our meeting in May. As you all know we presently have members signing up or renewing on any given day of the year. This results in the treasurer sending reminder notices out each month, and since we send 3 notices before canceling memberships, it results in a lot of mailings.

With this in mind we have decided that all members will have a common renewal date that being January 1, starting in 2012. For those who register from September 1 to December 31 your membership will be good until December 31, 2012 We realize that signups and renewals from February on to September will result in a “short year”, but, again, it would be very complicated to change the web site and do all the extra mailings. We ask you for your understanding regarding this change.

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Dear Calix Family,
Thursday, December 8th, marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  This Marian Feast Day is of such importance that the Church observes it as a Holy Day of Obligation in which we thank God for His Mercy.  For it is by His Mercy that the Blessed Virgin Mary was created as the Immaculate Conception; a worthy dwelling prepared for the Son of God’s arrival in the world.
The Calix Society was created with the Blessed Virgin Mary as our Patroness. Honoring Our Patroness by consecrating The Calix Society to Mary seems essential to our continued existence, and to our future growth as an organization.  On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I invite every Calix member to prayerfully consider joining me in a communal act of consecration of the entire Calix Society to Mary’s Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.  The date proposed for the act of consecration would be March 25th; the rationale is provided in the attached letter.  We will work on the wording of the act, and on furthering each member’s understanding of Mary’s role in recovery between now and March 25, 2017.
Thank you for supporting this initiative.  Please share this email and the attached letter with all members, prospective members, and any persons concerned with our stated purpose – the spiritual growth of ALL persons affected by the illness of alcoholism.
Bruce Gnatowski
President, The Calix Society
Potomac Falls, VA
703-901-8069 CELL PHONE

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."