Teams of Our Lady (TOOL) is a world wide lay movement within the Catholic Church which aims to
help married couples grow in their love of Christ and each other. The TOOL movement recognizes that
Christian marriage is a precious gift that needs to be nurtured.
It is an International Christian Community
-of married couples meeting in Christ’s Name and in communion with the Church.
-who witness God’s marvelous plan of love to the world around them.
-and seek to live as the first Christians of whom it was said: “See how they love one another!”
-Teams is not a scripture study group or a Marion movement. Mary, the Mother of God, is the patron of Teams.
It is a way
-To grow in love of God and each other a little more each day.
-Aided by the mutual help and support of other similar minded couples that gather monthly to share a meal,
pray, and study.
-To thus better follow the One who assured us that: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
Why as a couple?
Because God has entrusted you to each other through the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Because when your response is made in unison it deeply affects:
The quality of your love
All whom you meet
Why with other couples?
Because as a Team there is more strength.
In a world where fidelity is no longer esteemed, meeting with others who value married life can bring joy and
hope to all.
T.O.O.L. is open to couples who are in a marriage recognized by the Church. Only one spouse needs to be
For more information visit our web site: www.teamsofourlady.org or contact Mike & Beatrice Towns at
The Origin of Teams of Our Lady (T.O.O.L.)
In 1939 four young couples approached their parish priest, Father Henri Caffarel, and asked his help in
exploring the richness and joy of their Sacrament of Matrimony. From these simple beginnings T.O.O.L. has
grown to a worldwide movement, present on all continents of the world and involving about 4,000 couples in
the United States. The formal charter for the Movement was adopted on December 8, 1947. It is recognized
by the Holy See as an Association of Faithful of Private Right under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The
Movement is guided by an International Responsible Team in concert with a College of Super-Regional
Couples who serve their various countries.
Since its beginning the purpose of the Movement has remained the same: to help each couple discover, in
and through their sacrament of Matrimony, the riches and joy of married love as a part of God's plan and a
path to holiness.
In May 1970 Pope Paul VI addresses the International Congress of Teams of Our Lady. The address is called
"Love, Marriage and the Church."
"The union of man and woman...constitutes a singular reality that is the couple, founded on the mutual gift
of the one to the other..." (Art 5) ... the gift is not a fusion, strictly speaking ... Love is, in fact, the cement that
gives solidarity to this community life, and the driving spirit which leads it to ever more perfect fulfillment."
In January 2009 Pope Benedict XVI held a private audience with the International Leadership Couples of
Teams gathered in Rome, urging their continued work with married spirituality.
The Spirit of T.O.O.L.
The T.O.O.L. is not an end in itself, but a means that exists for the benefit of its members. It encourages its
members to pray and share together, help one another grow in knowledge and love of the Lord; and to bear
witness to that love. T.O.O.L. does not impose a particular type of spirituality on its members. The Movement
simply seeks to help its members advance, as a couple, along the path shown by Christ.
How Does it Work?
-A key feature of the T.O.O.L. method is the monthly meeting that consists of:
-A simple meal
-A time of sharing
-A discussion on a study topic
To promote personal and couple spiritual growth, T.O.O.L. proposes that its members undertake a number of
specific practices called "endeavors". These endeavors aim to keep couples focused on growth in mutual
love and love of God. The Team provides the support and encouragement needed to persevere.
The six Endeavors are:
-Regular reading of the Word of God
-Daily personal prayer
-Daily prayer as a couple
-A monthly time for couple dialogue in an atmosphere of prayer
-Personal effort for improvement
-An annual retreat
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