May I take this opportunity to welcome you to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels as you gather for your Super Saturday Men's Conference.
As you know, the purpose of Super Saturday is to help each of you to become a man of God, to become a person who is faithful to his commitments, and to become a person upon whom others can depend.
I am pleased to see the continued growth and development of this special gathering over the years. I have supported this movement here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since its inception, and watching the Catholic Men's Fellowship continue to flourish and to help men to become better husbands, fathers, friends and Christians, has been a great joy and blessing.
I am pleased that you have chosen as your Conference theme this year, "Now is the Time." These are certainly marvelous words of motivation and they remind us of the promises of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Please be assured of my prayers that the graces of Almighty God will fill your conference space and that the Holy Spirit will continue to touch all who have come to celebrate in His name.
Asking the Lord's most abundant blessings upon you, and with every best wish, I am.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
- Cardinal Roger Mahony
Archbishop of Los Angeles
Adam Cardinal Maida, Archdiocese of Detroit, is the Ecclesial Advisor to All U.S. Bishops, on behalf of the NFCM. Below is a special letter to all his brother Bishops, about the NFCM.
I am pleased to announce that the National Resource Center for Catholic Men (NRCCM) has become the National Fellowship of Catholic Men (NFCM) in order to better reflect its new expanded mission. Recently, I have been asked to be the first -Ecclesial Advisor for the NFCM and have accepted the position.
The initial need for a national resource center for Catholic men was first recognized in September 1998, when about 20 leaders of Catholic men's ministries met with several bishops, as well as members of the USCCB Committee on Marriage and Family Life, and the Committee on Evangelization. NRCCM was formally organized in March 2001 with the hiring of Mr. Maurice Blumberg as its executive director. Since that time, it has made a major impact on the Catholic men's movement throughout the United States by providing Catholic resources, training materials, and support for Catholic men's groups, fellowships, and conferences. With the establishment of the NFCM, these services are provided through a dynamic website at www.catholicmensresources.org, which also offers timely information, communication, and network support.
The National Fellowship of Catholic Men will also provide leadership training opportunities and more formal relationships with Catholic men's fellowship leaders throughout the nation. This is clearly stated in its new Mission Statement:
"The National Fellowship of Catholic Men provides leadership and offers a structure that links Catholic men—and their fellowship groups across the United States—so that they can have easy access to: (1) supportive relationships with one another, (2) resources consistent with Catholic teaching, and (3) training and formation opportunities. As a result, Catholic men will be emboldened to deepen their commitment to Jesus Christ, their families, the Catholic Church, and their communities."
The NFCM is not intended to be an alternative men's organization for the many fine Catholic men's organizations that already exist. It will continue to collaborate with and support these groups in their own ministries, and provide them with high quality Catholic men's resources, training materials, and communications media.
I have included two attachments for your information: (1) The NFCM Vision, Foundational Beliefs, Mission, and Strategy, and (2) brief biographies of the NFCM Trustees. If you have any questions, the National Fellowship of Catholic Men can be contacted at: P.O. Box 86381, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20886. Their telephone number is 301-519-0694.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Adam Cardinal Maida Archbishop of Detroit
March 28, 2011
Mr. Tom Greeley
Catholic Men's Fellowship of California
Lake Forest CA 92609-0565
Dear Mr. Greeley:
Congratulations! Bishop Gerald R. Barnes has approved Catholic Men’s Fellowship as a
recognized Apostolic group in our Diocese.
This approval is provisional for a period of three years effective April 1“, 2011. You will
have a review at the end of your three years for your ﬁnal approval. In addition, Catholic
Men’s Fellowship will be asked for an annual reporting of your programs, activities and
ﬁnances. You will be listed in the Diocesan Directory as an approved organization.
I will continue to be your contact person in the Diocese. Please know that I will carry
you and your ministry in my prayers, asking our Lord to guide you in every way and for
you to continue to embody the Diocesan Vision of impacting family, neighborhood and
society with the Gospel so that people’s lives are ﬁlled with hope.
Maria H. Echeverria
Director of Apostolic and Ethnic Affairs
With all members of the Church in preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year
2000 we shvuid rewmmit on:-selves to a jvumey of authentic conversion as the
basis of lives of genuine charity.
I pray that as you gather in fellowship today the Spirit of the Lord may be with
and guide you to both conversion and charity.
Sincerely in our Lord,
Bishop of Sun Diego
Mr. Frederick A. Picciztno
Catholic Men’s Fellowship
P.O. BOX 565
Lake Forest, 92609-0565
Dear Mr. Picciano,
Thank you very much for your letter of December 5, 2002 in which you inform me about the nature and work of Catholic Men's Fellowship and for enclosing with the letter a copy of your new resource guide for developing a parish based men's ministry.
I am positively delighted to learn about this lay initiative which has taken root and is growing in six California dioceses. The desire of Catholic men to deepen their faith and, with the support of their brothers, to strengthen their involvement in the communion and mission of the Church is a marvelous sign of hope and renewal in our community.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, through it Committee on Evangelization and Committee on Marriage and Family Life, has encouraged the growth of Catholic Men's ministries for several years. It continues to do so and, as a sign of this interest, the two committees have recently published a resource book for men's leadership. I enclose a copy of Hearing Christ's Call: A Resource for the Formation and Spirituallity of Catholic Men. I hope this conference publication will enhance the work you are doing in the Catholic Men's Fellowship program.
With prayerful best wishes for you and your family as we wait in hope for the coming of the Lord, I am.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory
Bishop of Belleville
Dear Brothers in Christ,
It is with pleasure that I announce to you my recent appointment as your new Episcopal Liason and Spiritual Advisor to Catholic Men's Fellowship of California CMF.
I enthusiastically endorse Catholic Men's Fellowship of California, as did my predecessors: the late Most Reverend Dennis O'Neil, Auxilary Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino, and Most Reverend Joseph M Saroris, retired Auxilary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
CMF is a lay apostolate whose purpose is "to encourage men to become daily followers of Christ." In the gospels, Jesus calls each of us to deny ourselves, to take up our cross each day and follow him CMF provides men a forum, a safe place, where men can informally gather in Christian fellowship and inspire one another to answer Jesus' call to follow him and become fishers of men.
Catholic Men's Fellowship holds regional conferences, retreats, leadership days, and other events to encourage men to build up their faith. Additionally, CMF has prepared several publications to assist men in establishing local groups - of special note is the "CMF Resource Guide for Developing Men's Ministry Groups". I recommend this as an excellent aid in helping those who desire to start a CMF group in the parish or on campus.
I invite you to visit CMF at www.catholicmen.org and get to know this growing men's ministry. I will continue to pray for the Lord's blessing and the guidance of the Holy Spirit on all of the men of Catholic Men's Fellowship of California. May you be filled with Wisdom and Grace.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Alexander Salazar
Auxilary Bishop of Los Angeles
As I draw near to celebrating ﬁﬁy years of priestly service and approach retirement ﬁom the ministry of San Pedro Regional Bishop, I look buck and realize the signiﬁmnt role Catholic men have played in my life. They have been ﬁ-lends, mentors who inspired me by their example and have helped me to be a better man, priest and bishop.
I also recognize that in recent years, laymen have come to play a large role in the life of the church. As a result, l sense and know many men feel a deeper attraction to Gospel values and a ﬁ-iendship with Jesus and also with men like themselves. Men are looking for a deeper, masculine spirituality for their lives as men, as family members and workers in the market place.
Many roads could be taken to achieve this end, one thing is needed: men need brothers,other men to support them in their quest to be God's men.
That is why I suggest to you becoming part of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship (CMF). While, CMF sponsors a convention each year. it is in the monthly parish reunion where they bond with other men, where there is an opportunity to grow in friendship with Christ and where they receive support to live a stronger life as a Catholic men. Alone, it is easy to get discouraged. Together, we have strength to be everything God calls us to be.
In the name of my brother priests, in the name of our single men, in the mum: of our young men and boys who look to your for example, may I ask you to consider opening your life to the possibility of joining or starting a chapter of the Catholic Men's Fellowship in your parish? We can't stand off and curse the darkness and point ﬁngers at someone else. Each of us in some small way needs to do something to change the direction of our world, our nation, our church and our lives.
Pray over this and see if God is asking you to be a pan of that transforming group of good, ordinary men, Who. like the apostles, have the potential to make a difference in the world.
Joseph M Sartoris
San Pedro Regional Bishop
Mr. Frederick A. Picciano
Carlsbad, California 92009
Dear Mr. Picciano:
Thank you very much for the letter and material sent to me sometime ago, regarding the Catholic Men's Fellowship. I appreciate the work of the Catholic Men's Fellowship in the Diocese of Orange. The opportunities provided me to visit the fellowship groups in the parish have been a source of consolation and hope for me as Bishop.
Your manual is a helpful guide. I am sure that it will enable this valuable movement for the Catholic Men to grow and flourish.
Be assured of my abiding admiration and prayer for that this may be so. May our Blessed Mother, Santa Maria de Guadalupe look kindly on you and your family, protecting you under the mantle of Her maternal love.
Most Reverend Jaime Soto
Diocese of Orange
Mr. Fred Picciano
Carlsbad, California 92009
Thanks for sending me the Resource Guide for developing a parish based men's ministry. It appears to be very well done and it will be a great help to those who wish to develop such a ministry in our parishes. I will make this Guide available to my Deans at our next meeting in January, and I will ask them to make the priests in their Deaneries aware of its existence and availability.
I'm very grateful to you and to all who labor with such a great commitment to the growth and development of this wonderful ministry to our Catholic men. May God continue to bless and make fruitful your efforts.
Most Reverend Gerald E. Wilkerson
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
San Fernando Pastoral Region
Catholic Men's Fellowship is a life-giving organization that seeks to encourage area in their Catholic identity and commitment to become Christ like influences in their homes, communities, and the world. This parish based organization meets regularly for prayer, sharing and mutual encouragement of the men. What better way for Catholic men to deepen their commitment to the gospel message than gathering together to reflect on their lives in the light of Christ's example?
I have worked with Catholic Men's Fellowship for several years and can attest to the quality of the men who are involved in this organization. Therefore I wholeheartedly endorse the vision and work of this inspired group of faith filled men. May the Lord continue to bless the fruit of your labor in drawing others to Christ!
In Christ our Brother and Lord,
Reverend Jim Clarke
Director of Spiritual Formation
St. John's Seminary
November 8, 2002
Dear Brothers in Christ,
During the past five years, since the beginning of the "Gathering for Men" in our parish, I have seen an ever-increasing desire on the part of the men to be better fed in the Faith. We have provided a place in which Catholic men call come together and openly speak about their Faith and its effect in their daily lives. We have given the men of our parish the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ by deepening their relationships with one another.
It is clear that the purpose of the Catholic Men's Fellowship is to bring men together in a spirit of brotherhood that strengthens their ability to stay faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to follow His teachings as found in the Scriptures and our Catholic Traditions. With this purpose in mind, I find it very easy to add my endorsement of this Fellowship and I pray that all its members will be abundantly blessed as they give men an alternative to the "passing joys and empty promises" that the world offers.
May you continue to grow in God's Wisdom and Grace and may He bring the good work He has begun in you to completion in the day of Christ Jesus.
Sincerely Yours in Christ
Reverend Donald E. Coleman
Catholic Men's Fellowship has proven to be an avenue of grace for those men in our parish who participate.
The Acts of the Apostles reminds us that the early Christians "remained faithful to the teachings of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers" (Acts 2:42), With this as a model for fellowship, men who regularly participate in the Catholic Men's Fellowship will experience an openness that allows them to share their spiritual lives in both their joys and struggles in remaining faithful to Jesus. Sustained by this brotherhood, the teachings of the Church, the Scriptures, the Eucharist and a life of personal prayer, men receive the healing and strengthening power of Jesus in their daily lives.
I very much support the charisma of the Catholic Men's Fellowship as it draws men to grow in an authentic and personal relationship with Jesus Christ through lives of faith, hope and charity.
Sincerely in the Lord,
Father Jerome T. Karcher
I am very excited to hear of the growth and development of The Catholic Men's Fellowship. I believe deeply in what you are doing and know that the Lord will richly bless you for your efforts.
I believe that we are in need of a new movement of the Spirit among men. I am concern with the number of men who don't go to church. I'm also concerned with the large number of Catholic men who are finding their Christian spirituality in denominations that are not Catholic. We must bring to light the riches of male spirituality in the Catholic Church.
We can and we should look to the hierarchy for direction in a movement of Catholic men. But the driving force is going to come from on fire laymen like you. We need men like you to call other men to the Lord. Continue to risk. Continue to dream. Continue to take the lead of the Holy Spirit. You are doing something beautiful for the Lord.
I hope that we will continue to work together in the future. Yon have my prayers and my blessing.
In Christ's name,
Father Michael Manning, SVD
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