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What does it mean to be a man? At our creation, God imprinted a mission in our DNA: primacy, procreation, provision and protection. This mission is fatherhood: leading our families to the knowledge of God the Father. When men turn their hearts to their children, their children turn their hearts to God.
“Human fatherhood gives us an anticipation of what [God the Father] is. But when this fatherhood does not exist, when it is experienced only as a biological phenomenon, without its human and spiritual dimension, all statements about God the Father are empty…”
'In revealing and in reliving on earth the very fatherhood of God, a man is called upon to ensure the harmonious and united development of all the members of the family'.
"Well-balanced, spiritually and intellectually"
"Engaging speakers and aimed at inspiring us"
"Absolutely great. Perfect timing with breaks as well"
"Very high quality speakers. I was left wanting to hear more"
"The discussion groups were the best thing about the weekend"
"I learned a lot from others – helps massively to share testimonies"
"Great opportunity in a safe environment"
"The beers and fire were particularly welcome"
"Food and refreshments much better than expected! And appreciated"
"The beds were surprisingly comfortable!"
In response to the question, "What did you appreciate most about the weekend?"
"Spending time with formed Catholic men"
"A community of men (solid proud Catholic men) coming together has real power"
"Intellectual and spiritual refreshment"
"Socialising informally – good to allow the free flow of conversation on mutual concerns"
"The talks – pro speakers with clear messages"
"It’s simplicity was its greatest asset – relaxed and not overfilled"
"The discussions and social time (new friends)"
"Very good balance with Adoration and Mass"
One delegate wrote:
"It was a great experience and I think it’s woken me up to the real need we all have for Catholic fraternity.
I haven’t really experienced a sense of that fraternity like it before, the only similar experience has been visiting male religious communities but this is different of course and there is something powerful I found in witnessing a number of other laymen, husbands, fathers sharing on striving to be more virtuous and ultimately Christ-like.
Aside from learning and sharing on the realities of our nature as men as regards stewardship, procreation, provision and protection (reference to the talk on Genesis and mission of man) and as sanctifiers, encouragers, pray-ers, purifiers, adorers and warriors for Christ (reference to Fr Pius’s talk on the Mass and place of man), the significance for me was in the experience of being with other brothers in the faith, in prayer, conversation and social time.
The talks were excellent, intellectually stimulating on the one hand and a call to action on the other. Every man I met, though in a different stage of life and on a path they are discerning for themselves (and perhaps for their families), clearly loves God and the Church and are looking for and to be more, Deo Gratias!
This was genuinely edifying and encouraging. One thing that’s really stuck with me is being in the company of solely other laymen at Mass, hearing our voices in the responses and hymns lifted up to the angels, saints, Our Lady and Our Lord. Soldiers for Jesus and Mary!
Then beers and good cheer round a large fire of course doesn’t hurt!
If you’re seeking greater fraternity, encouragement and a sense that Catholic masculinity is something to be fostered and savoured I would highly recommend to all!"
The site known as Buckden Towers has a rich history spanning over 900 years. For much of that time, as Buckden Palace, it was home to the Bishops of Lincoln. The current Church of St Hugh takes its name from the great Hugh of Avalon who was Bishop of Lincoln from 1186 to 1200.
18:00 onwards – Early arrivals. Depending on numbers and inclination, arrangements will be made for a meal at a local pub.
22:00 – night prayer
(8.00 – breakfast for those staying overnight Friday)
9.30 – 10.00 – Main arrivals and registration
10.00 – Intro – Fatherhood as the Essence and Fulfilment of Manhood
10.30 – Mass
11.15 – First Session: The Primacy of the Father
12.00 – Q&A
12.15 – Break
12.30 – Second Session: The Father as Procreator
13.15 – Q&A
13.30 – Lunch
14.30 – Third Session: The Father as Provider
15.15 – Q&A
15.30 – Break
16.00 – Fourth Session: The Father as Protector
16.45 – Q&A
17.00 – Break
17.30 – Informal discussions on the topics of the day, over drinks.
18.30 – Dinner
19.30 – Free time
22.00 – Night prayer
8.30 - Morning prayer
9.00 – Breakfast and free time
10.00 – First Session: Prayer - Men and the Call to Liturgy
10.45 – Q&A
11.00 – Break. Opportunity for confession.
11.45 – Preparation for Mass
12.00 – Mass
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Second Session: Pilgrimage - Men and the Call to Heaven
15.15 – Q&A
15.30 - Break
16.00 – Discussion and feedback. Final prayers.