Among the most serious crises facing human civilisation is the famine of fatherhood.
Children, families, the Church and our world are hungering for true fathers to re-enter the human drama and assist God in the mission of saving the world from self-destruction.
Society, including the Church, goes by way of the family, and the family goes by way of the father.
At the centre of the famine of fatherhood is a deeper crisis: a man's loss of identity.
Man has lost touch with his true identity, with his true mission and the person that God has created him to be. Man knows so little of himself because he knows God the Father so little. A man's identity leads not only to his destiny, but also to the destiny of his (future) family or parish and to the destiny of the world.
Every man - married, single, relgious or lay - must assume his paternal identity as an icon of God the Father, as an initiator of sacrificial love.
In doing so, he will enable his family or parish to recieve and achieve its own authentic identity. And, in assuming its identity, the human family can alter, for the better, the world’s destiny.
Catholic Man UK is committed to helping men discover the timeless sanctity of the vocation of spiritual and biological fatherhood as the ultimate fulfilment of manhood, in order to become the fathers God intended them to be.
The purpose of Catholic Man UK is the restoration, revitalisation and redemption of human fatherhood in these isles, so that fatherhood becomes an efficacious icon that directs the human family to its Father.
The aims are:
1. To promote the timeless sanctity of the vocation of fatherhood for all men.
2. To discover the meaning of authentic fatherhood through becoming sons of the Father.
3. To support the needs of our fellow fathers and fathers-to-be, particularly through the fraternity of local Catholic men's groups.
4. To learn how to become an authentic father by imitating men who who have learned to be good sons of the Father.
5. To become sacrificial leaders who serve by following the Servant and Master who leads.
6. To immerse ourselves in the timeless wisdom, fatherly example and person of St. Joseph, the son of the Father and father of the Son.
7. To learn how to encourage and edify our biological and spiritual families in their understanding of the faith, and their pursuit of personal sanctity.
8. To learn how to honour and cherish the dignity of our wives and all women by overcoming lust through the redemptive power of Christ.
And God said, "Be fruitful and multiply"
Gen 1: 28
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh
Gen 2: 24
Open to new life
"In creation, God laid a foundation and established laws that remain firm, on which the believer can rely with confidence, for they are the sign and pledge of the unshakeable faithfulness of God’s covenant. For his part man must remain faithful to this foundation, and respect the laws which the Creator has written into it." [CCC 346]
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image ...; and let him have dominion over ... all the ... animals of the earth.”
For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Saviour.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to ... keep it.
Against physical and spiritual harm
We are fund raising for:
Catholic men's groups in every parish; quality resources/programmes for men to establish and run their groups; videos and podcasts on themes for Catholic men; outreach activities to support the network of men's groups across the UK; conferences, workshops and practical activities; market research to meet the needs of Catholic men.
Invitation is integral to building a strong fraternal network. People like to be invited, but it's not always easy to initiate the invitation.
Our calling cards are a way to help start the conversation. Keep a few in your pocket, bring them to Mass, hand them out to the men you see in the pews who you've not spoken to before.
Cards can be ordered in batches of 25 at a cost of £5.00. The cost covers our order from Vistaprint and postage to you!
"For Catholic men’s groups to have real meaning and purpose, they must follow the example of the first disciples and reach out to all on the periphery, saying 'Come and see!'"