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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, not at all. Men of St. Joseph are made up of men in all states of life, single, married, widowed, and divorced.
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.
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.
You become a member of the Men of St. Joseph by attending the weekly Men of St. Joseph meetings at your parish.
Click here for a list of Men of St. Joseph chapters.
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.
The Men of St. Joseph is a private juridic person and private association of the faithful of the Roman Catholic Church, in accord with the Code of Canon Law, erected, established and approved by the Archbishop of Mobile, on June 13, 2011.
Yes; in the United States 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