Fathers are not born, but made…. The Church too needs fathers.
(Pope Francis, Apostolic Letter Patris Corde on the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church)
Many contemporary leaders have noted the crisis of fatherhood and masculinity in our Church and society. We could add to that a crisis of brotherhood, fraternity, and friendship as well. Starting and maintaining a men's ministry is no easy task, but we have a model that stretches back 2000 years and was instituted by Christ himself. Christ desired for his disciples to support one another as he says in Luke 22:31-32, “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail, and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brethren.”
Jesus is calling all men to discipleship, greatness, and fidelity. May men of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and beyond join together to strengthen and encourage one another in their roles and vocations as husbands, fathers, brothers, and disciples of Christ. Below are some resources to assist parishes in building vibrant and evangelizing men's ministries.
Knights of Columbus
We are Catholic men building a bridge back to faith. There is much good and necessary work to be done in this world, and that's what Knights do every day.
That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers.
Under Christ the King’s universal call to serve, we as men, pledge to unite and build up other men in the mold of leader, protector, and provider through education, formation, healing, and action.
The King's Men
INTO THE BREACH
In his Apostolic Exhortation Into the Breach, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted outlines the challenges faced by men of faith in the world today. Into the Breach is a call to battle for Catholic men which urges them to wholeheartedly embrace masculine virtues in a world at crisis.
Marian consecration is the act of entrusting one’s body, soul, possessions, works, and entire life to the protection, guidance, and intercession of Our Lady.
The act of entrusting oneself to Mary’s care and intercession is nothing new. Jesus Himself entrusted His beloved disciple, John, to Mary while He was on the Cross (John 19:26-27).
A 90-Day Catholic Spiritual Exercise for Men. Exodus provides a path to freedom through prayer, asceticism, and fraternity.
Consecration to St. Joseph
What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to
Well, it basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy.