- Who are the Men of St. Joseph?
We, the Men of St. Joseph, are a group of lay Catholic men dedicated to becoming the spiritual leaders of our families by strengthening our faith and being “real world” examples of Christ. Our group bolsters discussion of faith and prayer life specifically for men, giving men new ways to reflect upon their lives and be better servants to God and their family. The result is nothing less than a revived culture, the same culture that Pope John Paul II called the Culture of Life.
- What is your mission?
Our mission is “To put the family in the hands of the Father.” We believe it is time for men to step up and take a leadership role in guiding their families, friends, parishes and their communities towards Christ and the fullness of His Catholic Church.
- When and where do you meet?
Men of St. Joseph meet as parish based groups, or chapters, once per week, preferably on Tuesday morning before the workday starts. Click here to find a group near you.
- What do you do at a Men of St. Joseph meeting?
The hour-long meetings are simple. The meetings begin with group prayers from the Magnificat*, followed by prayer intentions, then a reading from the Gospel or an apologetic text, and finally discussion. Simply put: read, pray and discuss.
- Are you a “small-group Bible study?”
No, Men of St. Joseph is not a “small-group” organization. It is common to start a group with 5 or 6 men, but depending on parish size, chapters grow to 20, 30, 40, or more men. Growth is encouraged. During the discussion portion of meetings, though, some of the larger groups do break out into smaller groups, to facilitate discussion.
- Do you have to be a parent to be in the Men of St. Joseph?
No, not at all. Men of St. Joseph are made up of men in all states of life, single, married, widowed, and divorced.
- Do you have to be Catholic to attend Men of St. Joseph meetings?
Catholics and non-Catholics alike are welcome. The structure and mission itself are fully Catholic in nature, adhering to all the teachings of the Catholic Church.
- Are you a service or fund raising group?
No, the Men of St. Joseph is not a civic group, nor a service group, nor a fund raising group. We are a spiritually oriented group of Catholic men.
- How do I become a member of the Men of St. Joseph?
There is no official membership in the Men of St. Joseph. You become a "member" of the Men of St. Joseph by attending the weekly Men of St. Joseph meetings at your parish.
- How do I find out if my parish has a Men of St. Joseph chapter?
Click here for a list of Men of St. Joseph chapters.
- How do I start a Men of St. Joseph group at my parish?
If there is not a Men of St. Joseph chapter at your parish, and you wish to explore starting one, click here and we will contact you.
- How is the Men of St. Joseph organized?
The Men of St. Joseph is a private association of the faithful of the Roman Catholic Church, canonically recognized by Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, Archbishop of Mobile, by his approval of its statutes.
- Is the Men of St. Joseph a tax exempt organization?
Yes. The Men of St. Joseph is listed in the Official Catholic Directory, under the Archdiocese of Mobile, and is thus recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
*Magnificat is a monthly Catholic publication containing daily prayers for morning and evening, the official text of the daily Mass, and daily meditations and devotions. www.magnificat.com