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October 25, 2023
This week we publish an original piece: Band of Brothers in Christ: The Abiding Value of Men's Groups by Laura Loker. Just as Leila Marie Lawler argues that we must recover "the collective memory," we must recover what it means to be a man.

Men's groups are one such place where men can learn how "to become better husbands, better fathers, better grandfathers, better men in society."

These gathering spaces are increasingly necessary, not just for an education in manliness, but because men need the opportunity to form true friendships. "In the U.S., men are getting lonelier. In 1990, 3% of men in a Survey Center on American Life poll reported having no close friends. In 2021, that number had risen to 15%."

It's not just men who will benefit from this character work. "Quite a few women, wives of the men, have thanked me for running the program because it changed their husbands in the way that they treat their wives and the way they treat their families," said George Knapp, who founded a very successful men's group at his parish in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Read the full article here. And perhaps you'll be inspired to start a similar group at your own parish, or know someone who would.

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

Image: St. John of Capistrano, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
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